2. Sunday of Advent – Christmas Baking – Marzipan Cookies – Pictures of Dresden/ Germany

by Kirsten on December 4, 2011 · 16 comments

in Cakes & Sweets, Cookies, Cupcakes & Muffins, Desserts, German Dishes

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For the second Sunday of Advent I would like to share some Marzipan cookies with you.

This is a new recipe to me, but since I am a big Marzipan lover and happened to have some in my fridge, these Marzipan cookies were a no-brainer to bake right after I discovered them on Kirsten’s blog “Sugar and Spice”.

Kirsten comes from Dresden and helped me coordinate my visit in Dresden during my trip this summer.  If you ever have the chance to visit Germany try to stop in Dresden. It is absolutely breathtaking. The first picture is taken overlooking the Bruehl’s stairs including the Secundogenitur, Staendehaus, Hofkirche und  Semperoper. The second one shows my kids standing on the Dresden market place with the Frauenkirche in the background. Thanks again, Kirsten! The pictures of Dresden are especially for you.

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The marzipan cookies are assembled and in the oven in under 15 minutes. They have a soft texture and a very intense marzipan/ almond flavor through the addition of amaretto. I think I ate most of them so far. They are addictive!

A tasty little Advent’s treat for you and your loved ones. Enjoy!

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2. Sunday of Advent - Christmas Baking - Marzipan Cookies - Pictures of Dresden/ Germany
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: German
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Serves: 34
Ingredients
  • 7.1 oz (200 g) marzipan, cut in small pieces
  • 3.5 oz (1 cup whole or 200 g) almonds, ground
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup 1½ Tablespoons ( 75 g) confectioner sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Amaretto
  • ¾ cup 1½ Tablespoon (100 g) flour
  • for the topping:
  • * 1 egg yolk
  • * sliced almond pieces
  • Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 350F with rack placed in the middle. Line two baking sheets with silicon pads.
  • In a kitchen machine with paddle attachment combine all the ingredients until very well mixed and the dough is soft and smooth.
  • Roll walnut size dough pieces (15 g/ 0.53 oz) in between your hands and place them on the baking sheet. Flatten the balls, baste with egg yolk and decorate with sliced almonds.
  • Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Don't over bake! You want the cookies to stay moist. Cool on wired rack and store in airtight container.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F with rack placed in the middle. Line two baking sheets with silicon pads.
  2. In a stand mixer with paddle attachment combine all the ingredients until very well mixed and the dough is soft and smooth.
  3. Roll walnut size dough pieces (15 g/ 0.53 oz) in between your hands and place them on the baking sheet.
  4. Flatten the balls, baste with egg yolk and decorate with sliced almonds.
  5. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Don't over bake! You want the cookies to stay moist. Cool on wired rack and store in airtight container.

 

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Boulder Locavore December 4, 2011 at 8:46 pm

I LOVE the travel photos Kirsten! What a spectacular place and I'm sure that is just a sample of your vacation. Thanks for sharing those.

The cookies sound great. I can imagine the flavor and am intrigued by the texture with so little flour. I've love a plate of just-from-the-oven samples right now to take the edge off the chill. Hope you are enjoying the advent yourself!

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Lea Ann December 5, 2011 at 12:12 am

ok, I don't even know what Marzapan is. a-duh :) The cookies look so pretty Kirsten. You are such a beautiful baker. Thanks for sharing the travel photos, such a majestic place.

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Karen Harris December 5, 2011 at 2:34 am

What a nice treat for the season. Love the photos of Dresden, so beautiful.

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Susan December 5, 2011 at 3:53 am

I love how you tie your baking with tradition…these look wonderful and I will certainly add them to my cookie list! XOXO

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Alli December 5, 2011 at 4:36 am

Marzipan is one of those ingredients that I love, but never have on hand or cook with. Your cookies look so incredible and are inspiring me to go buy myself some marzipan!

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Camilla ~ Caffay Way December 5, 2011 at 5:33 am

Oh I love marzipan. I grew up in Sweden and my favorite cake of all times is the "Princess Cake" which is entirely covered in a green marzipan and topped off with a pink rose. I also ended up in Colorado ~ not a bad place to live if you are away from home :) I love it here, and I loved your post and also the photos from Germany. I've driven thru via the Autobahn on many Euro road trips as a child.

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cristina b. December 5, 2011 at 8:32 am

Wow, these cookies look delicious! I just bought some marzipan and I think I'm going to prepare these today! Thanks for sharing the recipe and the pictures of Dresden :)

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Nuts about food December 5, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Happy second advent! Marzipan sounds like the perfect way to celebrate.

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Kirsten December 10, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Liebe Kirsten, bitte entschuldige dass ich mich jetzt erst melde. Ich freue mich, dass Dir das Rezept für die Marzipanplätzchen so gut gefallen hat :-) Deine sehen gleich noch viel toller aus als meine! Und vielen, vielen Dank für die schönen Fotos von Dresden – wie schön, dass Du noch so gern an Deinen Besuch dort zurückdenkst. Jetzt, da ich in Leipzig wohne, fehlt mir meine Heimatstadt doch ein bisschen – auch wenn ich es zum Glück ja nicht allzu weit bis nach Dresden habe :-)
Liebe Grüße & einen schönen 3. Advent,
Kirsten

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Petra February 7, 2012 at 9:37 pm

I made these cookies for Christmas and they are absolutely devine. It only misses the egg from the ingredient list, which is in the original recipe.

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Kirsten February 8, 2012 at 6:35 am

Thanks, Petra. Fixed! Kirsten

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brambo August 6, 2012 at 2:02 am

I have the almond paste and the almonds. but for ground almonds how fine should the grind be. Like cornmeal or a little larger? The reason why I ask is I have a bag of red mill almond flour.

many thanks!

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Kirsten December 30, 2013 at 11:57 am

That’s fine.

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Heidy December 15, 2013 at 11:17 am

I do appreciate the recipe what I do not appreciate is having to print 13 pages just to get it.
If i had known I would have just written it. I have used wau too much printer ink and paper to justify this small recipe.

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Kirsten December 17, 2013 at 7:26 am

Heidy, to make it very convenient for my readers I have installed a print button directly in the recipe box. Clicking on the print button of the recipe will guide you to the recipe ONLY. The recipe is one page long. It sounds like you tried to print the entire post. If you want to print parts of the post and not just the recipe you may want to check the settings on your end (print preview) before hitting print to avoid this printing mistake in the future. Print preview lets you choose which pages to print. My print button in the recipe box allows you only to print the recipe (one page). Happy Baking!

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Kelly December 30, 2013 at 10:45 am

Kirsten, sorry, but I don’t see any print button in the recipe. I don’t see any “recipe box.” I love your comments and photos, but would like a print button or even a recipe box.
Thanks.

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