Delicious marzipan potatoes, aka German marzipan potatoes, a perfect treat for marzipan lovers! With only three ingredients, it can be prepared with little effort in a few minutes.
A vegan, gluten-free, and lactose-free delicacy, that doesn't require any baking. Perfect to give as a gift and to snack on yourself!
The fresh marzipan raw mass is refined with a few drops of delightful rose water, formed into balls, and rolled in Criollo cocoa powder.
In no time at all, you've prepared delightful, delicious tasting treats that you can also use as a small gift.
Even though marzipan potatoes are most popular at Christmas time, these little delicacies, placed inside little bags, also make lovely gifts for occasions like Valentine's Day or Mother's Day!
- Store bought marzipan - vegan, gluten-free and lactose-free. It can also be substituted with homemade marzipan made from ground almonds.
- Rose water - vegan, gluten-free, and lactose-free. Often used in Middle Eastern and Oriental cuisine to flavor desserts.
- Cocoa powder - vegan, gluten-free and lactose-free. We recommend using high-quality Criollo cocoa for the best flavor experience.
- Confectioners' sugar - Sprinkle the sugar on the cutting board. To prevent the marzipan from sticking.
See the recipe card for quantities.
We recommend using disposable gloves here, so the sticky mass does not stick to your fingers.
Knead the marzipan paste with the rose water in a mixing bowl.
Roll out the marzipan.
Before rolling out, sprinkle some powdered sugar on a large cutting board and roll out the marzipan to a thickness of about 1.5 cm // 0.6 inches.
Then cut the marzipan into cubes of about 1.5 x 1.5 cm // 0.6 x 0.6 inch.
Cut it into cubes.
Sieve the cocoa to get a fine powder.
Sieve the cocoa into a large mixing bowl and place it within easy reach.
Place an additional strip of greaseproof paper next to the cocoa-filled mixing bowl so that you can comfortably place the finished marzipan potato there.
Take a marzipan cube and roll it between your hands to form a small ball.
Place the sticky balls in the bowl filled with raw cocoa powder.
Form small marzipan balls.
Remove the excess cocoa powder.
Roll the finished marzipan candy back and forth in a close-meshed sieve to remove the excess cocoa easily before placing it on the parchment paper strips or in the cookie jar.
Enjoy your delicious marzipan potatoes with yummy beverages like:
You can add cinnamon to the raw cocoa powder for a more Christmassy touch. Also, very tasty!
Furthermore, try the marzipan potato variant with orange liquor (Cointreau) rolled in a dark chocolate coating! Here, the Cointreau can also be replaced by Amaretto or rum.
- Mixing bowl - to be able to knead the marzipan paste with the rose water better.
- Cutting board
- Rolling pin - to roll out the marzipan paste.
- Sharp knife - to cut the rolled-out marzipan into cubes.
- Close-meshed sieve - to sieve the cocoa and remove excess raw cocoa from the marzipan potatoes at the end of the preparation.
- Loaf pan or mixing bowl for the cocoa.
- Parchment paper or greaseproof paper to place the finished marzipan potato on.
- Cookie jar or airtight container for storage.
Store the marzipan balls in a dry and cool place.
No. Marzipan does not contain milk.
There is no alcohol in our classic marzipan potato recipe. If you fancy a variation with alcohol, try our marzipan potatoes with Cointreau!
In a cookie jar or airtight container, homemade marzipan potatoes will last up to 6 months. Make sure to store them in a cool, dry place.
Marzipan has a strong almond flavor and a smooth and chewy texture.
It is very likely that marzipan originated in the Orient. It came to Europe in the Middle Ages. The city of Lübeck in Germany, Europe, has a proud tradition of marzipan manufacture (aka Lübecker Marzipan).
Rose water has a sweet taste reminiscent of vanilla. On the other hand, the scent corresponds to that of roses.
Yes, you can buy marzipan in the US. You can purchase it in most supermarkets and online.
In order to obtain high-quality rose water without the risk of contamination by harmful substances, we recommend buying it in a pharmacy or drugstore.
Yes. When making marzipan potato balls, rose oil can be replaced by bitter almond oil or orange blossom water. The bitter almond oil gives the potatoes a more intense almond flavor. On the other hand, orange water enhances marzipan candy with a wonderfully refreshing orange aroma.
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- Rolling Pin
- Loaf Pan or mixing bowl for the cocoa powder
- Cookie tin
- 9 oz Store bought marzipan
- 2 teaspoon Rose water
- 5 tablespoon Cocoa powder
- Confectioners sugar for sprinkling on the cutting board
- Knead the marzipan paste (almond paste) with the rose water in a mixing bowl.2 teaspoon Rose water, 9 oz Store bought marzipan
- Before rolling out, sprinkle some powdered sugar on a large cutting board and roll out the marzipan to a thickness of about 1.5 cm // 0.6 inches.Confectioners sugar
- Then cut the marzipan into cubes of about 1.5 x 1.5 cm // 0.6 x 0.6 inch.
- Sieve the cocoa into a large mixing bowl and place it within easy reach.5 tablespoon Cocoa powder
- Place an additional strip of parchment paper next to the cocoa-filled mixing bowl so that you can comfortably place the marzipan potato rolled in cocoa there.
- Now start shaping the small marzipan balls. Take a marzipan cube and roll it between your hands to form a small ball.
- Place the sticky balls in the bowl filled with raw cocoa powder.
- Form several marzipan potatoes one after the other and only then roll them in the cocoa. Then it goes faster.
- Roll the finished marzipan candy back and forth in a close-meshed sieve to remove the excess cocoa.
- Place the finished marzipan balls on the parchment paper strips or in the cookie jar.
Please note that all my recipes are developed and tested in metric grams. I recommend using digital scales for more accurate results. I provided a conversion to US customary in the recipe, but please note that I haven't tested it using this method.
Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.
⛑️ Food Safety
- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove