Mom's Marzipan Cookies
This cookie recipe is my mom's delicious creation. There is something wonderful about the combination of almond, apricot and chocolate! My husband loves the taste of these morsels and I love the visual enjoyment (well OK - I love the taste also).
I'm going to be honest with you - these cookies are very time consuming to make but just look at the beauty! - It is so worth the effort!
No offense to the Italian Almond paste but for this recipe you must use a more solid German Marzipan - I recommend Odense Marzipan.
2/3 cup butter (softened)
1/2 cup sugar
2 egg yolks
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 2/3 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 to 2 rolls Marzipan (Odense Marzipan)
Chocolate for melting
Chocolate for melting
With an electric mixer - cream the butter, sugar, egg yolks and lemon juice until well blended. Now with a wooden spoon, stir in the flour & baking powder by hand.
NOTE: You are supposed to sift the flour and baking powder together before stirring but "sifting" is a step that I often skip - If you are not going to sift then make sure that you mix thoroughly.
Form the dough into a ball and chill in the fridge for about 2 hours.
Divide the dough into quarters. Roll out 1/4 of the dough on a lightly floured surface and roll out to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut the cookies into solid circles using a Linzer Cookie Cutter.
Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes (or until desired color is achieved) (see the 2 pictures above - before & after baking). Cool on cookie racks.
Now you will need to cut the Marzipan. Have a bowl of warm water on the side to dip your finger tips into if needed. Slice the Marzipan as seen above. After slicing - use you fingers to flatten each round a little more. Now with the little Linzer shapes - cut out the middle of the Marzipan rounds. Set the little Marzipan shapes aside for later (as seen above).
Layer#1 - Baked & cooled cookie
Layer#2 - Drop about 1/2 teaspoon worth of apricot jam on top of the cookie
Layer#3 - Place the Marzipan round (remember the middle shape has been removed and set aside) on top of the jam (see picture below)
Layer#4 - Spread some melted chocolate on top of the Marzipan round (see picture below)
Layer#5 - Top with one little Marzipan shape (that had previously been set aside). Make sure to place the little shape on top while the chocolate is still soft!
Continue until all of the cookies have been assembled
Cool in the fridge & store in the freezer until Christmas. ENJOY!!
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OH my gosh! These look incredible. I'd love to give these a try for the holidays. :-D Time consuming treats = amazing taste!ReplyDelete
these look almost too good to eat, but then also too good not to eat-- oh you've created a real dilema for me.ReplyDelete
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These look absolutely delightful! I bet they're so yummy with those layers of yummy goodness! =0) I pinned it.ReplyDelete
These look SO GOOD!!!!!ReplyDelete
Oh my goodness...these look delicious! I love marzipan!!ReplyDelete
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YUUMM!! Thank you so much for the follow, returning the favor :) xoReplyDelete
Angie these cookies are gorgeous and the combination of apricot and almond sounds amazing. Thanks so much for sharing your mom's recipe on foodie friday.ReplyDelete
Oh wow! Those don't just look yummy, they look beautiful! I have never made anything with marzipan but I just might have to try!ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing at Mealtime Monday!
These look delicious! I have never used marzipan, but a lot of my Grandma's old recipes call for it. I'm glad you linked us to it, so we know where to buy it! P.S. Your doggy is so cute!ReplyDelete
I recently tried apricot jam for the first time in a recipe from With A Blast - we loved it! Pinning this to try, Angie! Thank you for sharing at All my Bloggy Friends - Wishing you a Happy New Year!ReplyDelete
love these! Thank you for joining in the fun at the Christmas Cookie Linky swap. Pinned your yumminess! xoReplyDelete
So glad I found these on the Christmas cookie linky swap. It is like a super linzer cookie! My boyfriend loves marzipan so I am making these asap. Thank you for sharing the recipe!ReplyDelete