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Recipe for Mazapan or Marzipan

Updated on July 15, 2011

When I was a little girl and for special occasions, my mom used to make this delicious treats we call mazapan or marzipan. For those who don´t know what marzipan is, I will give a brief explanation. Mazapan is a confection of sugar and almond meal. After mixing them, we get a soft paste we can easily give shapes. The idea is to make small sweet treats you can enjoy eating and even giving them as a present for those who love sweets!!!  My mom used to buy food colorings and let us made our own creations. She is an expert giving perfect shapes of fruits, vegetables, and even cartoon characters. I remember she made one looking like Bob the Builder for my son (he loved this TV show)-

Well, I am writing these hub to explain a little about one new tradition I´ve learned now that I live in Spain. Here, Marzipan is must during Christmas season; supermarkets, many sweet stores and bakeries fill their shelves and counters with this delicious and beautiful treats. Although Spanish marzipan flavor and presentation is a little different than my Peruvian marzipan, it is as good and delicious as mine. It is not only delicious, but it is a very delicate present for someone you love and care, it is a present you can not only share but also enjoy with those you love!!!

There are different theories about it´s origin, but here in Spain this dessert was created in the region of Toledo specially for Christmas and is this region´s most famous dessert. I will give the recipe and hope you try this at home, is not hard to make and is ideal for those who love cooking and and decorating. The art of making marzipan is not just preparing it but also giving beautiful shapes, colouring and giving all the details. Personally I prefer buying them (since I do not have my mom close to me to make my marzipan) but if want to try something new, I recommend you to try this recipe. You are going to love it!!

mazapan de Toledo
mazapan de Toledo | Source
peruvian marzipan
peruvian marzipan

 Ingredients for the Spanish Version:

  • 300 gr grounded almonds
  • 300 gr confectioners sugar
  • 2 spoon of water
  • 1 egg white
  • optional: lemon peel or cinnamon (just for a different flavor)

In a bowl, mix almonds, confectioners sugar and water.  Mix it well until we get a soft and uniform paste.  Let this paste rest for a few hours.

After letting our preparation rest, we can start making little shapes like fruits, animals or angels. Now we beat the egg white until we get crops;  using a brush, we can paint the figures we already made. 

Now is the moment to bake our marzipan figures on a 200 ºC preheated oven for just two minutes, until golden brown.  Let them stand and they are ready to eat!!!

Peruvian Version:

We use the same ingredients but this time we mix them all including the egg white.  After letting the paste rest, we can proceed to use some food colouring and create our own treats.  Imagine some fruits, animals, angels and more.  Try to work with the details like eyes, noses or whatever you can imagine.  The good thing about the Peruvian version is that you do not have to bake it to give color because you are already colouring it. 

This is a perfect sweet to do with kids!!! I highly recommend it to you.  You are not only going to love it´s flavor but will also love the way they look!!!




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    • MarieAlice profile image

      MarieAlice 6 years ago from Peru

      Movie Master try it, is nice and simple...

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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I love marzipan but have never made it, thank you for the recipe.

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      MarieAlice 6 years ago from Peru

      Cloverleaf, try it and you will love it!!! the nice part is that you can sit down with your kids and build little figurines like I use to do with my mom!!! Good way to spend time with our kids..

      eolikes, hope you try this recipe...

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      eolikes 6 years ago from Bangladesh

      delicious.. Recipe

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      Cloverleaf 6 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      I'm going to have to try this, I absolutely love marzipan but haven't eaten it for years! When I was younger, we used to have marzipan and icing on our Christmas cake and I would enjoy picking off the marzipan to eat and leave the rest of the cake. Great hub!

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      MarieAlice 6 years ago from Peru

      Thank you so much for reading my hub. I hope your hubby tries this recipe, it's easy and delicious. I remember when I was a little girl that my mom used to make this for special occasion and we were always helping her!!! It was so much fun!!!!

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      Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

      I LOVE marzipan. Will definitely be trying your recipes. (well, actually will be asking hubby if he´ll try them He´s the chef in this house.)

      Great hub

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks for this recipe. I look forward to making my own fresh Marzipans.

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      MarieAlice 7 years ago from Peru

      Try it and you will love it!!!

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      It sound delicious. Thanks for share this hub. I'll show this recipes to my mom. Vote up. Take care!

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      MarieAlice 7 years ago from Peru

      Thanks for taking time to read my hubs. I´m sure that you will love trying this dessert!!!!

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      MarieAlice 7 years ago from Peru

      Thanks for taking time to read my hubs. I´m sure that you will love trying this dessert!!!!

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      Ireno Alcala 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      We have mazapan or marzipan every Christmas here in the Philippines, too. A very strong influence on Filipino cuisine. Muchas gracias for sharing, Marie Alice! :D

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      Thanks for the recipe. I am definitely going to try this one.