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Chocolate Covered Marzipan

Nothing says Christmas in Europe like Chocolate Covered Marzipan!  It is something I look forward to making every year.  And now that the first snow has fallen and our Christmas tree is up and decorated, it is time to make them!  So what is in Marzipan?  It is simply, sugar and finely ground almond meal cooked down and then molded into any shape or covered with chocolate.  This recipe is far quicker and easier to make than the traditional cooked version.  And I know the Christmas season is hectic so I’ve offered two chocolate covered alternatives to the recipe: a quick Chocolate Powder Dusting or impress your guests with a rich Belgium Chocolate shell!   Guten Appetit!!

Chocolate Covered Marzipan


  • 2 1/2 c Almond meal
  • 1/2 c Agave Nectar
  • 10 drops Bitter Almond Essence

In a small bowl fold in the almond meal, agave and bitter almond essence with a spatula.  With damp hands and using a 1/2 tablespoon size measuring spoon, measure and roll into small compressed balls.

For Chocolate Powder dusting over the Marzipan:

  • 1 tbls Cacao Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon

In a shallow bowl shift the cacao powder and cinnamon.  Roll each marzipan ball in the cacao powder until completely covered being sure to shake off excess powder.

For Belgium Chocolate covered Marzipan:

Follow the directions and ingredients for dipping the Marzipan in Belgium Chocolate.  Let set in the fridge until just before ready to serve.

Serve on a silver platter.

Makes 36 marzipan balls

7 responses

  1. marita

    Oh Baby, if these little devils don’t get one in the Christmas mood, what will? They are beautiful and I bet you had to try at least one while you were making them! Love the picture Carla with the little tree in the background.

    December 6, 2010 at 12:37

  2. Amie Festa

    Wow! Those babies look delicious. Transported me right back to the holiday time, living in Germany. Thanks!

    December 7, 2010 at 16:30

    • Carla

      Amie, get to whole foods (I know there is a huge on in NYC) and get the ingredients! They are so simple and yummy without feeling guilty!

      December 8, 2010 at 12:26

  3. sarah

    me want mazipan (cookie monster voice)

    December 7, 2010 at 23:10

  4. Ooo, those look fantastic!

    December 8, 2010 at 03:43

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  6. These look awesome! I definitely want to try this recipe. I love Marzipan.

    September 9, 2011 at 15:18

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