What are Marzipans?
Marzipans are traditional sweets that can be made out of different ingredients; some contain almonds, milk, sugar, others have walnuts, and they can also be made out of peanuts. It depends on the place you eat them the way that they are made and the ingredients that they include. In some countries, Marzipans are a traditional sweet that one can make especially for the Christmas season, however in some other countries, like in Mexico, Marzipans (especially peanut ones) are eaten like a treat or dessert throughout the year and it is very common to find them in grocery and convenience stores.
What can you expect?
Marzipans have usually a circular shape and appear to be hard, however, they crumble very easily once you try to take a piece (some people find it a little tricky to eat them), and almost melt once they’re in your mouth.
I personally love almond and peanut Marzipans, and they also remind me a lot of when I was a little kid. However, I had never tried making them myself until now, and it turns out it’s fairly easy!
So, this time, I’m sharing a peanut Marzipan recipe. You will only need three ingredients and no baking. Let’s get to it!
Delicious Peanut Marzipan
- 200 grams Natural peanuts
- 200 grams Icing sugar
- A little bit of milk
- Peel the peanuts and put them into a blender or food processor. Use the "pulse" or "ice crush" function to crush the peanuts but make sure not to overdo it. We are going for a sand-like consistency for this recipe. It shouldn't take more than a minute to get there.
- Once you get this "peanut dust", transfer it to a bowl and add the sugar little by little while you mix around, making sure that it all blends together. Add a little bit of milk (1-2 tablespoons) and mix.
- Now, you should have a rather dry mix, don't worry it will hold together, I promise. In a lightly floured baking sheet(you can use icing sugar as well), place down a cookie-cutter. I used a circular shape that had 5 cm (2 in.) in diameter. With a spoon put some of the mix into the cookie-cutter and press down firmly with your fingers until it's all packed down. Repeat this until you get to the top of the cutter and then carefully take the Marzipan out, leaving it on the baking sheet. **If you find this too hard, or don't have a cookie-cutter, you can try using only your hands to form the shape. If you are going to do that, I recommend following the instructions on this recipe since the consistency is very similar.
- Repeat the previous step until you finish with all the mix. Take the Marzipans into the fridge and let rest for at least an hour so they harden up.
- You can have them like that or sprinkle some icing sugar on top to decorate.
And there you go, your peanut Marzipans are ready to devour!
A nice way of presenting Marzipans, especially if you are going to bring them to a party or reunion is with coloured paper or wrap. You can plate them all together in a basket or big plate and place them on the table like that, or you can also carefully wrap each one of them individually. This surely is a nice detail that anyone you give it to will love!
Comment down below if you try the recipe and let me know what you think of it.