German Homemade Marzipan


It is super easy to make your own marzipan. This authentic recipe from Germany is made without eggs and needs only two ingredients, whole almonds and confectioners' sugar. If you like, you can flavor it with almond extract or rose water. Use the marzipan within a week or two.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins


  • 1 ¾ cups whole almonds

  • 1 ¼ cups confectioners' sugar, or more as needed

  • water as needed

  • 3 drops almond extract (Optional)


  1. Place almonds in a heat-proof bowl and cover with boiling water. Let stand for a few minutes until cool enough to handle.

  2. Slip almonds out of their skins one by one, leaving the remaining almonds in the warm water. Drain almonds in a colander.

  3. Place almonds and confectioners' sugar in a food processor fitted with a metal blade and process to a paste. Add cold water, 1/2 to 1 teaspoon at a time, if the paste is too dry. Scrape the sides a few times to ensure even processing. Add a few drops of almond extract towards the end of the process. Process marzipan until it is smooth and no longer grainy.

  4. Wrap marzipan in plastic wrap and store in a cool, dry place.

Cook's Notes:

You can also use rose water instead of almond extract.

The easiest way to remove the skins of the almonds is to soak them first. Do not use already peeled (blanched) almonds as they will have a drier consistency.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

171 Calories
11g Fat
17g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 171
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 13%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 4g
Calcium 52mg 4%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 151mg 3%

* 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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