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Simply So Good Version of ZCMI Marzipan Cookies

These marzipan cookies were a bakery favorite of mine growing up so I had to remake them with my own special tweaks.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword almond marzipan, marzipan cookie recipe, marzipan cookies
Prep Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 48 cookies
Calories 184 kcal
Author Janet Barton


  • 1 1/4 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup light flavored olive oil
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 3 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 12 ounces of almond paste


  1. In a large bowl sift together baking soda, cream of tartar, salt, almond flour and all-purpose flour. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl cream together the butter, olive oil, sugar and confectioner's sugar. Add eggs and beat well.

  2. Add sifted dry ingredients mixing until completely incorporated.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

  3. After dough has chilled, remove dough from refrigerator and preheat oven to 350F degrees.

  4. Drop dough by heaping tablespoons onto a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper.  Dip the bottom of a glass into cold water the press dough to flatten slightly.
  5. Top each flattened cookie with a slice of almond paste.  Bake for 12-14 minutes or until just barely starting to turn golden around the edges.
  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes.  Dust with confectioner's sugar.  Makes about 4 dozen  3-inch size cookies.
Nutrition Facts
Simply So Good Version of ZCMI Marzipan Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 184 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 19mg6%
Sodium 51mg2%
Potassium 41mg1%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 160IU3%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.