Bethmännchen (German Marzipan Christmas Cookies)

Bethmännchen are a marzipan specialty from Frankfurt, Germany. It translates to "little praying men". They can easily be made at home, It's important to only use very neatly halved almonds for good-looking Bethmännchen.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
40 cookies


  • 14 ounces marzipan

  • 1 ¼ cups blanched almonds, halved

  • 1 large egg white


  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F (95 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Knead marzipan well and divide into about forty 1 1/2-inch cubes of equal size. Roll each cube into a ball and shape into a round cylinder with a point.

  3. Push 3 halved almonds into each marzipan cylinder so the pointy sides of the almonds are facing the top.

  4. Beat egg white lightly in a cup and brush each cookie with egg white. Set onto the prepared baking sheet.

  5. Bake in the preheated until the tops of the almonds are lightly browned, about 15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Store in airtight containers.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

52 Calories
3g Fat
6g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 40
Calories 52
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 3%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 1g
Calcium 16mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 26mg 1%

* 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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