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German Walnut Marzipan Cookies

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Walnut marzipan cookies, German-style. Pretty looking cookies, incredibly delicious, and bound to satisfy anyone with a sweet tooth.

Walnut Marzipan Cookies

Shortcrust walnut marzipan cookies, a holiday treat you cannot miss. I found this recipe in a cooking magazine and actually only chose to make it because I had an open bag of marzipan paste, leftover from the Heidesand cookies.

But I am so glad I did, I absolutely love these cookies and my daughter just cannot have enough of them.

Walnut Marzipan Cookies

I was actually quite surprised of that, the fact that she likes these cookies so much. I think one of the things I disliked most as a child was pastry or cake made with walnuts. I don’t know why, I always loved walnuts on their own but could not tolerate them in cakes, I still remember how appalling it was for me to see my sister, for instance, eating anything with walnuts or any other nuts inside.

I cannot understand this anymore today, it might have something to do with the fact, that I barely ate any sweets as a child, there were only a handful of sweets that I liked, everything else -starting with chocolate- was completely uninteresting for me.

Figure that! A child who doesn’t like sweets! That changed (unfortunately) mostly after moving to Germany. The Germans are so good at making cakes and pastry, one cannot just remain immune.

And these cookies are such a delight, you will love every bite.

Merry Christmas!

Walnut Marzipan Cookies

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German Walnut Marzipan Cookies

Walnut marzipan cookies, German-style. Pretty looking cookies, incredibly delicious, and bound to satisfy anyone with a sweet tooth.
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Course: Cookies
Cuisine: German
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 42 minutes
Servings: 50
Calories: 87kcal
Author: Adina


  • Pastry:
  • 250 g all-purpose flour 8.8 oz/ 2 cups
  • 70 g granulated sugar 2.5 oz/ 2/3 cup
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 sachet vanilla sugar or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg medium Germany, large US
  • 125 g very cold butter 4.4 oz/ ½ cup
  • Filling:
  • 50 g granulated sugar 1.7 oz/ ¼ cup
  • 150 g ground walnuts 5.3 oz/ 1 ¼ cups
  • 1 egg white
  • 25 g marzipan paste 0.8 oz/ ¼ cup (grated and loosely packed )
  • Glaze:
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons milk



  • Make the pastry: Place the flour, sugar, salt, and vanilla sugar or extract in a food processor. Pulse shortly to mix the ingredients. Add the egg and the cold butter pieces and pulse a few times until you obtain rough crumbs. Turn the pastry onto the working surface and knead very quickly to form a ball.
  • Refrigerate: Wrap it in plastic foil and refrigerate it for about 30 minutes.


  • Mix the sugar, walnuts, egg white, and grated marzipan until you obtain a paste.
  • Roll the pastry on the floured working surface to obtain a rectangle about 40 cm/ 16 inches long and 22 cm/ 8.6 inches wide.
    Halve the pastry lengthwise to get two long strips of pastry.
    Halve these strips widthwise. In the end, you should have 4 pastry strips, each about 20 cm/ 8 inches long and about 11 cm/ 4.3 inches wide.
  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius/ 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two baking trays with baking paper.
  • Fill: Divide the filling between the pastry strips and spread all over using a knife or your fingers (I found it easier with the fingers, messier but easier). Roll the pastry strips into sausages. Cut each sausage into about 4 mm/ 1.6 inch thick slices.
  • Bake: Place the slices on the prepared trays. Whisk the egg yolk and the milk with a fork and brush the pastry with this mixture. Bake for about 12 -15 minutes until golden.


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Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 87kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 21mg | Sugar: 7g
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Recipe Rating

Chris Scheuer

Thursday 24th of December 2015

Beautiful cookies! You have been a busy baker this year! So many good things. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

Angie@Angie's Recipes

Thursday 24th of December 2015

My husband will be crazy for these cookies too. They look great, Adina. Happy Holidays to you and your family! Angie

Kathryn Doherty

Thursday 24th of December 2015

Merry Christmas indeed! These cookies look and sound amazing! They are so sweet with those little swirls going through them - beautiful for company, or just for Santa ;) Hope you have a fabulous holiday! XO

Thao @ In Good Flavor

Thursday 24th of December 2015

You must have been every mother's dream...a child who does not like sweets! I imagine there would be less of a battle over eating junk food. These cookies look wonderful! Short crust pastry rolls, walnuts, and marzipan are a winning cookie combination. And they don't seem super sweet which I can appreciate. Have a wonderful Christmas, Adina!