Portuguese Almond Marzipan Sweets

Portuguese Almond Marzipan Sweets (Maçapão de Amêndoa)

Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with this unique recipe for homemade Portuguese Almond Marzipan Sweets (Maçapão de Amêndoa)! This traditional Portuguese almond delicacy is the perfect mix of nutty, sweet, and creamy flavors, that will have you experience the taste of Portugal and the Azores Islands. I make these Portuguese Almond Marzipan Sweets also known as Maçapão de Amêndoa regularly in my bakery and they’re always a hit. Made with only 3 ingredients, our easy-to-follow recipe guarantees that you’ll be able to create these delicious Portuguese treats with ease.

Whether you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth or impress your guests, our recipe is perfect for every occasion. Share these delicacies as gifts or enjoy them as a special treat, the choice is yours! Don’t wait any longer, experience the authentic taste of Portugal by trying our mouthwatering recipe for Almond Marzipan Sweets today!”

Why This Is The Best Portuguese Almond Marzipan Sweets (Maçapão de Amêndoa) Recipe

Homemade: This recipe for Almond Marzipan Sweets is made 100% from scratch, ensuring that the end result is authentic, and fresh, resulting in a homemade treat that’s full of flavor.

Traditional: The recipe is based on a traditional Portuguese recipe that has been passed down through generations, it’s authentic and true to its roots, giving you a taste of Portuguese tradition.

Customizable: This Portuguese Almond Marzipan Sweets recipe allows you to add your own touch by adding vanilla extract, food coloring, or other flavorings of your choice.

Versatile: The marzipan can be used not only as a sweet but also as a filling or topping for cakes and pastries, offering you a variety of ways to enjoy it.

Easy to follow: The traditional Portuguese marzipan recipe is super simple, easy to follow, and requires no special baking skills, making it accessible to anyone.

Perfect for any occasion: These Almond Marzipan Sweets are perfect for family occasions, whether it’s a special event, a holiday, or just a casual get-together.

Great for gifting: These sweets make great gifts, and they’re sure to be enjoyed by anyone who receives them.

Tips and Tricks For Portuguese Almond Marzipan Sweets

  • For a smoother marzipan dough, make sure to grind the almonds very well before adding them to the recipe. This will also help to ensure that the marzipan dough is evenly mixed and has a consistent texture.
  • To make the marzipan sweeter, you can add more sugar to the recipe, or for a less sweet taste, you can reduce the amount of sugar.
  • If you find that the dough is too dry or crumbly, you can add a bit more small amount of water or egg white to moisten it.
  • To add color to the marzipan, you can add food coloring to the dough while kneading it. Be aware that food coloring can affect the taste so add it carefully.
  • To make shaping the marzipan easier, you can dust your hands and working surface with powdered sugar, this will prevent the dough from sticking.

Ingredients For Portuguese Almond Marzipan Sweets

  • 1 cup ground almonds
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup candy sprinkles
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • Food coloring (optional)

How To Make Almond Marzipan Sweets (Maçapão de Amêndoa)?

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine ground almonds, granulated sugar, and 1/4 cup of water.
  2. Cook the mixture over medium heat while stirring constantly, until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture forms a syrup, about 6-8 minutes.
  3. Remove the mixture from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes.
  4. Once the mixture has cooled slightly, transfer it to a cutting board or a clean surface and carefully knead it until it forms a smooth dough. Be sure to work quickly as the dough will harden as it cools.
  5. If desired, add vanilla extract or food coloring and knead the dough until well combined.
  6. Form the dough into a ball and place it in a covered glass bowl. Allow the dough to rest for at least 12 hours.
  7. After the dough has rested, take it out of the bowl and shape it into small balls and roll them into candy sprinkles, You can also form the marzipan into your different shapes.
  8. Enjoy!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use almond flour instead of ground almonds?

Almond flour can be used as a substitute for ground almonds, make sure that it has fine consistency similar to the ground almonds. Also depending on how dry it is, you might need to adjust the water amount in the recipe.

Can the marzipan be made ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the marzipan in advance and store it in the refrigerator for up to a week before shaping and decorating.

Is it possible to add different flavors to the marzipan?

This is a common question I get, you can add food coloring and various flavors to the marzipan such as vanilla, orange zest, lemon zest, and even rose water to make your own and create a personalized taste.

Can I use a food processor to grind the almonds?

Yes, using a food processor is a great choice finely grind the almonds, just make sure they are ground to a fine flour-like consistency.

Is it possible to make marzipan figures with this recipe?

Absolutely, this Portuguese marzipan sweets recipe was developed for specifically shaping the dough into desired shapes such as fruits or animals, and decorating them as desired.

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Portuguese Almond Marzipan Sweets

Almond Marzipan Sweets (Portuguese Maçapão de Amêndoa)

Your gonne love this delicate sweet recipe for homemade Almond Marzipan Sweets also referred to as Portuguese Maçapão de Amêndoa. This delightful treat is made entirely from scratch for a truly authentic Portuguese sweet confection. These traditional Portuguese treats are sure to tantalize everyone's taste buds with it's unique taste and texture. They're perfect for any occasion, whether it's a special event or just a casual treat, our easy-to-follow recipe will guide you through every step. Elevate your dessert game and try our delicious Almond Marzipan Sweets today!"
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Portuguese
Servings 25 pieces
Calories 80 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup ground almonds
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup candy sprinkles
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract optional
  • Food coloring optional

Instructions
 

  • In a medium saucepan, combine ground almonds, granulated sugar, and 1/4 cup of water.
  • Cook the mixture over medium heat while stirring constantly, until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture forms a syrup, about 6-8 minutes.
  • Remove the mixture from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes.
  • Once the mixture has cooled slightly, transfer it to a cutting board or a clean surface and carefully knead it until it forms a smooth dough. Be sure to work quickly as the dough will harden as it cools.
  • If desired, add vanilla extract or food coloring and knead the dough until well combined.
  • Form the dough into a ball and place it in a covered glass bowl. Allow the dough to rest for at least 12 hours.
  • After the dough has rested, take it out of the bowl and shape it into small balls and roll them into candy sprinkles, You can also form the marzipan into your different shapes.
  • Enjoy!
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