Marzipan cookies recipe

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These marzipan cookies are made with nine ingredients and take just 15 minutes to bake

marzipan cookies
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Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories260 Kcal13%
Sugars25 g28%
Saturated Fat6.6 g33%
Protein3.3 g7%
Fat11.7 g17%
Carbohydrates34.5 g13%

Our marzipan cookies are ready to eat in 25 minutes and the recipe is easy to scale up if you want to bake more than 18

Just like our easy chocolate chip cookies, these marzipan cookies can be enjoyed as a snack or transformed into an indulgent dessert when served with ice cream. We’ve used a combination of dark chocolate chunks and plain marzipan but you can use chocolate-coated marzipan if you prefer.


  • 125g butter, softened
  • 200g soft brown sugar
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 220g plain flour
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 200g dark chocolate, chopped or broken into small pieces
  • 1 egg
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 150g natural marzipan, cut into 1cm cubes




  1. Heat oven 170C (150C fan, Gas 3). Cream the butter and both sugars together in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Sift together the flour and bicarbonate of soda with a pinch of salt. Mix into the bowl with the butter and sugar.
  3. Mix in the chocolate until evenly distributed.
  4. Crack an egg into a small separate bowl and beat lightly with the vanilla extract. Add the egg to combine all the ingredients in the mixing bowl.
  5. Drop the dough, a heaped tbsp at a time, onto a greased baking sheet. No need to make them flat as the heat will make them spread out as they cook. Leave a good 6-7 cm between each pile so they don’t stick together. Place 3-4 cubes of marzipan onto each cookie.
  6. Bake in a preheated oven for 15-17 minutes or until the edges are a little toasted. Leave to cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet before transferring them onto a cooling rack to cool completely.

Top tips for making marzipan cookies:

Using a mixture of white, milk and dark chocolate chunks would not only add a delicious flavour to these cookies, it would give an attractive look too. 

Why is my cookie dough not sticking together?

If when you add the egg the cookie batter is too dry, try adding a splash of milk to bring everything together. Add the liquid sparingly, you don’t want the batter to be too wet. Just enough to stick and form rough balls. 

What else can I add to these marzipan cookies?

For an even more intense almond flavour, consider adding some almond extract to the cookie batter instead of the vanilla. You could also swap 50g of the flour for some ground almonds but this will alter the texture of the cookies a little too. 

How can I soften butter quickly?

If you’ve forgotten to get your butter out to soften, put it in a microwave safe container and heat in 10-15 second bursts. You don’t want to melt the butter, just soften it so it’s easier to beat with the sugar. 

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Jessica Ransom

“Marzipan is one of my all-time favourite treats. This is a great recipe to make if you have leftovers from Easter or Christmas bakes which often use marzipan. You can use golden or natural marzipan, the only difference is the colour.”

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For more baking inspiration try this sugar cookies recipe. You might also like our vanilla cookies or these classic American Snickerdoodle cookies are very addictive. 

Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 11 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies

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