• Difficulty: easy
  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Servings: 1 People
  • Calories: 250 / serving

The marzipan recipe is easy to make, and can be used in the kitchen for many preparations. It is a simple dough based on almond flour and sugar that is used to create biscuits, sweets, fillings and cake decorations and the beautiful (and very good) Sicilian martorana fruit. If necessary, marzipan can be flavored and colored but also molded into different shapes, such as the little man, the little house or the famous Easter lamb, the ‘sheep’ of the Calabrian and Sicilian culinary tradition. But let’s see how to prepare this basic dough and how to use it in the kitchen


  • Almond flour or whole almonds 125 gr
  • Powdered sugar 125 gr
  • Egg white 1
  • Almond essence A few drops
  • Food coloring to taste


  1. Almond flour can be bought as it is in stores but you can also use whole almonds. After having peeled them, remove the skin and chop them very finely, until you get a real flour that is very fine to the touch.

  2. To prevent almonds from losing liquids in the form of oil while you chop them, we recommend that you put them in the freezer for 15 minutes before using them.

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  3. In a bowl, mix the almond flour, the icing sugar, the lightly beaten egg white and the almond essence. Stir with a wooden spoon and then knead with your hands.

  4. Work well until you get a smooth and soft dough. To the touch you must not feel even tiny pieces or lumps, because otherwise the marzipan will tend to break.

  5. If the dough is too soft, add a teaspoon of powdered sugar. When the marzipan is ready you can use it for your preparations.

  6. For example, you can create biscuits, men, houses, sweets or cover cakes. Continuing the reading, we will explain how to do it.

Variants of marzipan and how to use it

marzipan recipe with and without egg white

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Almond paste is used in the kitchen for various preparations. It can also be prepared without egg white. Here’s how to do it.

Marzipan recipe without egg white To prepare marzipan without egg white, use 200 g of peeled almonds and 100 g of granulated sugar. Chop everything together until you get a fine flour, then pour the mixture into a saucepan and add 2 tablespoons of water. Put on low heat and mix until you get a compact dough. Transfer it to a cold shelf and let it cool. Then model it to your liking to use it as you like.

Marzipan biscuits, little house and little man The biscuits are prepared by chopping 80 grams of marzipan. Separately, whip 65 g of sugar and 100 g of butter, add 1 egg and vanilla flavoring to this mixture, mix and finish with 250 g of flour and 1 teaspoon of baking powder. Form a ball, cover it with cling film and refrigerate for an hour. Roll out the dough, obtain the biscuits of the desired shape, brush them with a little milk and bake in a preheated oven at 170 degrees for about 15 minutes. With this recipe you can prepare the gingerbread house or the gingerbread man, but be careful not to confuse it with the gingerbreadnamely gingerbread.

Read also the Gingerbread Man Recipe

Marzipan for decorating cakesmartorana fruit with almond paste

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If you want to make martorana fruit or to cover a cake, divide the dough according to how many colors you want to make, if you want 3 colors make 3 portions. Pour a few drops of food coloring over each portion and knead until it is evenly absorbed. Repeat the same operation for all the colors you want to make and then model all the shapes you want, just a little imagination is enough.

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