From Almond Biscuits to Marzipan Cookies
I am not even going to deny that I have a sweet tooth.
I have always loved, still love and probably will never stop loving all sorts of sweets: chocolates, cakes, biscuits. So no wonder I am also a big fan of marzipan.
Marzipan is a confection prepared mainly with ground almonds and honey or sugar. It is used to make cake decorations and sweets like, e.g. marzipan filled chocolates or dates.
You can add it to some cakes (e.g. stolen) or roll it and apply it as icing on top of your cakes. Or you can simply bake biscuits with it.
But as far as I am concerned, I didn’t even plan to bake these Marzipan Cookies. I wanted to make Italian almond cookies.
However, I didn’t read the recipe carefully enough when I came across it some time ago and didn’t notice the batter had to rest for 12 hours.
And on the day I wanted to prepare them, I simply didn’t have the time. But I already had a craving for almond tasting biscuits.
So I had no choice other than to find a satisfactory replacement.
Marzipan Cookies – a Mistake Leading to a Delicious Result
In one of my Polish cookbooks* I found a Marzipan Cookies recipe that met my needs. The biggest of them was that they could be ready to eat in approximately 30 minutes.
I did change the recipe slightly: I used half of the sugar and omitted the chocolate glazing as I felt the Marzipan Cookies would be sweet enough anyway.
When I tried them, I was delighted with the result. The biscuits were crunchy on the outside but soft and chewy on the inside.
And even though I am still planning to bake the actual Italian almond cookies**, I know I will make this fast and delicious marzipan variation often, too.
* “Ciasteczka – wyszukane smakołyki z całego świata.”
Marzipan Cookies [gluten free]
- 250 g marzipan cut into pieces,
- 75 g sugar
- 1 egg white
- 0.5 tsp grated lemon rind
- 0.5 tsp almond flavouring
- icing sugar for dusting
- Put all the ingredients (except the icing sugar) to a bowl and beat with an electric mixer until everything is well combined.
- Preheat an oven to 180 Celsius degrees (160 for fan ovens) and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
- Take a walnut size portion of the batter and with wet hands roll into a ball, place on the tray and flatten slightly; repeat with the rest of the batter.
- Bake the biscuits in the hot oven for 20 minutes; when cooled down, dust with icing sugar.