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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.
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