Marzipan Potatoes (Marzipankartoffeln)

Marzipankartoffeln is a little round or potato-shaped candy (hence the name) sold in Germany especially around Christmas time. As a true marzipan connoisseur, I love their chewy and tender consistency and the very characteristic and intense sweetness, counterbalanced by dark, unsweetened cocoa. A delight!

Wrapped in small, decorative bags or boxes, marzipan potatoes make an excellent, homemade gift.

Marzipan Potatoes (Marzipankartoffeln)

Recipe by Anna BembryCourse: Desserts, Homemade PralinesDifficulty: Simple


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A little, potato-shaped candy made of marzipan and coated with dark, unsweetened cocoa. A true delight!


  • 200 g / 7 oz marzipan (also known as almond paste)

  • 75 g / 3 oz confectioners’ sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon cold water (or more, if necessary)

  • 50 g / 2 oz sugar

  • 1 – 2 teaspoon dark, unsweetened cocoa


  • Sieve confectioners’ sugar into a bowl and knead it with the marzipan paste and 1/2 teaspoon of water until the entire sugar is incorporated into the marzipan paste. If the paste is too stiff and dry, add a little bit more water, few drops at a time.
  • Pinch of walnut-sized portions and shape into small, round “potatoes”, by rolling the paste between the palms of your hands.
  • Mix sugar with cocoa powder in a small bowl. Roll or toss the potatoes in it until well coated. Then put the potatoes on a sieve and gently shake off the excess cocoa powder and sugar. Store in an airtight container.


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