Easy Almond Paste Recipe

There are countless ways to improve your baked goods, from using high-quality ingredients and elaborate techniques to making everything from scratch. Preparing your own almond paste is a great example, as it can be used to make a number of treats like cookies, cakes, and tarts. Unlike its famous cousin marzipan, the paste has a higher almond content whereas the former contains more sugar. While you can buy a ready-made roll at the store, making your own will instantly elevate any recipe you choose to add it to. 

Mashed recipe developer Christina Musgrave comments, "This recipe is a simple and cheap alternative to buying store-bought almond paste." You just need five basic ingredients and 10 minutes to make it yourself. It keeps well for a few months in the freezer, so whip up a batch to incorporate into future baking recipes. We're thinking almond croissants and a frangipane tart filled with fresh fruit!

Gather the ingredients for this easy almond paste recipe

For this recipe, you'll only need almond flour, powdered sugar, one egg white, almond extract, and a pinch of salt. 

Combine the dry ingredients

Plug in your food processor and add the almond flour and powdered sugar to the bowl. Pulse the ingredients until they are properly mixed. 

Mix in the remaining ingredients

Next, add the egg white, almond extract, and a pinch of salt to the food processor. Pulse the contents until a paste begins to form. 

Shape the paste

Transfer the paste to a flat surface and roll it into a log. Then cover it tightly with plastic wrap and store it until you are ready to use it in a recipe. Musgrave suggests: "Store [it] in the refrigerator up to 1 week or freezer for 3 months." 

Use the almond paste as desired

You're welcome to taste test the result, but Musgrave points out that "It's not served on its own but used in other baking recipes," such as those that require almond pastry. Compared with marzipan, almond paste is typically used as a filling. However, marzipan fans can transform the paste into cute creatures by adding more sugar and food coloring.

If you're feeling experimental, try your hand at homemade almond croissants, or layer the paste over a tart shell and top it with your favorite fruit. Almond paste can also be used to make amaretti, chewy Italian cookies with a sweet and nutty flavor. 

Easy Almond Paste Recipe
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Learn how to make your own almond paste with this super easy recipe to use in your favorite homemade pastry desserts without buying a store-bought version.
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sliced almond paste log
Total time: 10 minutes
  • 1 ½ cups almond flour
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • pinch of salt
  1. Add the almond flour and powdered sugar to a food processor and pulse until mixed.
  2. Add the egg white, almond extract, and salt, pulsing until a paste forms.
  3. Roll the paste into a log and cover it with plastic wrap.
  4. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 3 months until ready to use.
Calories per Serving 123
Total Fat 7.0 g
Saturated Fat 0.5 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 12.7 g
Dietary Fiber 1.4 g
Total Sugars 10.3 g
Sodium 16.4 mg
Protein 3.4 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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