Marzipan potatoes on a wooden surface photographed from the top
Cakes and Cookies

Marzipan Potatoes

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Germans love to bake, especially around Christmas. I wanted to provide you with an abundance of recipes so that you do not just have to nibble on that one cookie whilst everyone else enjoys 3 – 4. These recipes are a bit different from my usual blog posts. Shorter, with no educational parts, but a section to give you hints and tips so that they all turn out perfect. One photoshoot, 8 recipes over the next two weeks. Enjoy! 🤗

Marzipan potatoes… and probably marzipan, in general, are very much a “love” or “hate” topic for people. Marzipan is usually made by grinding sugar and blanched almonds into a paste with added rose water.

Marzipan potatoes on a plate with other cookies

In this version, we are skipping the rose water and industrialized sugar and are using dates instead. I came across this idea scrolling Pinterest a few weeks ago and fell in love with the thought of turning them into marzipan potatoes 🥰. And they turned out lovely! It took me a while to nail the chocolate coating – and this does taste a bit different to your store-bought marzipan potato, but the addition of salt adds a great enhancement of flavor to them.

Tips for Baking these Marzipan Potatoes

  1. Do ensure that your blanched almonds are very much ground into a flour prior to processing with the dates. If not, the mass will simply not resemble marzipan as much.
  2. You need to freeze these before coating, else the coating simply “sinks” into the marzipan balls and will not stick to the outside.
  3. I sometimes find blanched almonds quite hard to find in any store so I have linked you an option here: Blanched almonds.

Thank you to my husband for being the “hand model” for these pictures. These marzipan potatoes are gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and vegan. Enjoy this traditional German treat during the festive period.

Marzipan Potatoes

Recipe by Ann RobejsekCourse: CookiesCuisine: Gluten-free baking, veganDifficulty: Easy
Servings

18 – 20

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Freezer Time

30

minutes

These vegan marzipan balls are a pure delight! The soft inner ball is wrapped by a light chocolate coating, which makes these balls simply delicious!

Ingredients

  • For the marzipan
  • 12 dates

  • 1 cup (125 gr.) blanched almonds

  • For the coating
  • 1 tbsp (ca. 5 gr.) cocoa powder

  • 2 tsp coconut sugar

  • A pinch of salt

How to

  • Start softening the dates by soaking them in boiling water
  • Grind the blanched almonds in a small blender or coffee grinder until forming a meal / flour. Transfer to a food processor and add the almonds. Blend on high until everything is combined. The dough will come together and form a ball
  • Take out of the food processor and form into small balls. Add to a plate (or similar). Once all balls are rolled, pop into the freezer for 30 minutes
  • When the balls have cooled, blend the β€œcoating” ingredients together and roll the balls in it. Store in the fridge and ENJOY!!

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