Dolcetti di Marzapane (Italian Marzipan Cookies)

Yummy Italian marzipan cookies flavored with lemon zest and rolled in sugar. Traditional gluten-free Christmas treats, great to serve year around.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
40 cookies


  • 5 ¼ cups ground almonds

  • 2 ½ cups white sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ¼ cup white sugar, or as needed


  1. Combine ground almonds, 2 1/2 cups sugar, eggs, lemon zest, and vanilla extract in a bowl; mix into a smooth dough.

  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  3. Pour 1/4 cup sugar onto a shallow plate. Roll dough into walnut-size balls and roll in sugar. Place 2 inches apart on the baking sheet.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until lightly browned, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from oven and transfer carefully to a wire rack. Cool completely before serving.

Cook's Notes:

You can also grease the baking sheet with butter and dust with flour instead of lining it with parchment paper.

If you like, you can decorate the cookies with half an almond.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

117 Calories
3g Fat
18g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 40
Calories 117
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 4mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 65mg 5%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 212mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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