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Chewy Almond Marzipan Bars

If you love almonds and enjoy the taste of almond flavoured baked goods then you'll love these easy to make Chewy Almond Marzipan Bars!

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Chewy Almond Marzipan Bars

What is Marzipan?

Marzipan is primarily made of finely ground almonds and sugar. It's often used to make fruit-shaped candy and decorations for cakes. It can be readily purchased ready-made but can also be made from scratch.

I think baked goods made with marzipan paste taste amazing. So when I saw this recipe for Almond Bars, I knew that I could adapt the recipe and add ready-made marzipan and almond flour for even more almond taste.

Almond Marzipan Bars on board.

How to Make Marzipan Cookie Bars

The taste of almonds really shines through in these Chewy Almond Marzipan Bars. They make a delicious sweet treat and are so irresistible that I had to share them with friends and family so I wouldn't eat them all. 

Including marzipan, almond flour and almond extract in this dessert ensures the almond cookie bars come out soft and chewy with the perfect amount of almond flavour.

Here is an overview of the ingredients and directions for making these almond cookie bars. Please see the recipe card at the end of this post for the full instructions.

Ingredients Overview:

  • Sugar
  • Marzipan
  • Unsalted butter 
  • Egg
  • Almond extract
  • All-purpose flour
  • Almond flour
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Cream or milk
  • Slivered almonds
  • Icing sugar (optional)

Tip: You could also make these almond marzipan cookie bars with a hint of citrus flavour. Just add one teaspoon of grated lemon or orange zest to the batter.

Steps Overview:

Bake these bars in a 9x13 baking pan lined with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on two opposite sides of the baking pan. This makes it easier to lift the bars out of the pan so that you can cut even slices.

  • Place a rack in the centre of your oven and preheat it.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the flour, almond flour, baking powder and salt. Stir and set aside. 
  • In the bowl of your mixer, beat the butter and sugar on medium speed until the mixture is creamy.
  • Add the marzipan and beat until it has been incorporated into the butter and sugar mixture and no lumps remain.
  • Add the egg and the almond extract and then beat until the batter is light and fluffy.
  • With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture and beat until incorporated into the batter.
  • Scrape the cookie dough out of the bowl and evenly press it into the bottom of the lined pan.
  • Using a pastry brush, brush the cream (or milk) on top of the dough.
  • Sprinkle the dough with the toasted slivered almonds and lightly press them into the top.
  • Bake for 18 min, or until just barely beginning to colour around the edges. The top should be dry to the touch.
  • Let them cool in the pan for 5 minutes and then using the overhang of the parchment paper, lift them out of the pan and put them on a wire rack to cool.
  • Once cool, cut with a sharp knife into 18 pieces or more.

How to Store

These marzipan cookie bars will stay soft and chewy for a week if stored at room temperature in an airtight container. 

You can also bake them ahead of time and freeze them for up to three months. Place the baked bars in an airtight container with wax paper in between the layers. 

Thaw the quantity of marzipan bars desired in the refrigerator overnight.

If you love marzipan, you'll also want to give these Italian Amaretti Cookies and these Chocolate Amaretti Cookies a try, I can't get enough of them!

Enjoy!

More Desserts Featuring Almonds

Chewy Almond Marzipan Bars on board.

Chewy Almond Marzipan Bars

Author: Adapted from Bare Feet in the Kitchen
If you enjoy the taste of almond flavoured baked goods then you'll love these easy to make delicious Chewy Almond Marzipan Bars!
4.55 from 20 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Total Time 38 mins
Course Dessert, Dessert/ snack
Cuisine Western
Servings 18
Calories 173 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • cup sugar
  • cup marzipan
  • ½ cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ tsp. almond extract
  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tbsp. cream or milk
  • ½ cup slivered almonds toasted (see notes)
  • 2 tbsp. icing sugar optional

Instructions
 

  • Place a rack in the centre of your oven and preheat oven to 325ºF.
  • Line a 9×13 baking pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on two opposite sides.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the flour, almond flour, baking powder and salt, stir and set aside.
  • In the bowl of your mixer, beat on medium speed the butter and the sugar, until the mixture is creamy.
  • Add the marzipan and beat until the marzipan has been incorporated into the butter and sugar mixture and no lumps remain.
  • Add the egg and the almond extract and then beat until the batter is light and fluffy.
  • Beating on low speed, add the flour mixture and beat until incorporated to the batter.
  • Evenly press the dough into the bottom of the lined pan.
  • Using a pastry brush, brush the cream (or milk) on top of the dough.
  • Sprinkle the dough with the toasted slivered almonds and lightly press them into the top.
  • Bake for 18 min, or until just barely beginning to colour around the edges. The top should be dry to the touch. Over-baking these will yield crunchy cookies.
  • Let them cool in the pan for 5 minutes and then using the overhang of the parchment paper, lift them out of the pan and put them on a wire rack to cool.
  • Once cool, cut with a sharp knife into 18 pieces or more.
  • If desired, dust them with a bit of powdered sugar.

Notes

  1. Toast the slivered almonds in a 350ºF oven for about 10 minutes or until they begin to colour. Make sure to stir them after the initial 5 min. Put them back in the oven making sure to keep a watch on them. Once golden, remove from the oven and let them cool.
  2. Using parchment paper to line the baking pan and leaving an overhang on opposite ends makes it easier to lift the bars out of the pan for cutting into even portions.

Nutrition

Calories: 173kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 3gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 33mgPotassium: 100mgFiber: 1gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 185IUCalcium: 45mgIron: 0.8mg
Keyword Chewy Almond Marzipan Bars, Marzipan Cookie Bars, Marzipan Cookies
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VictoriaW

Saturday 25th of July 2020

Yes!! Made these yesterday and was exactly what I was looking for. Followed recipe exactly; didn’t change a thing, it’s a keeper!!

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Sunday 26th of July 2020

Hello Victoria, I'm so glad to hear you found what you were looking for and enjoyed the recipe so much!!

Roger

Tuesday 14th of August 2018

This looks like my dream dessert/snack, etc. Can I use Almond Paste in stead of marzipan?

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Tuesday 14th of August 2018

Hello Roger, so glad you want to try this recipe, you won't regret it! As long as there is some sugar in your almond paste, then it should be fine. Let me know how it goes!

tentimestea

Sunday 15th of March 2015

Oh gosh, you've managed to incorporate almonds 4 ways into these bars!! Sounds delicious! :)

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Sunday 15th of March 2015

Thanks, they were delicious!

milkandbun

Saturday 14th of March 2015

They look beautiful and elegant! Marzipan and almond - who can resist against such combo? :) Were they very sweet? because marzipan usually is too sweet. Happy FF! xoxo Mila

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Sunday 15th of March 2015

Hi, thank you. No, they weren't too sweet because I only used 1/3 of a cup of marzipan and I reduced the sugar in the original recipe by a third, so 2/3 cup of sugar. I didn't find them overly sweet but they also didn't need any powdered sugar to make them sweeter, that was more for the photos!

Jhuls

Saturday 14th of March 2015

How do you know I love almonds on cookies? :D These are so beautiful and sound really good. Thank you for bringing these at the party. Happy FF. xx

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Saturday 14th of March 2015

Well, because you have such great taste of course!!! Happy FF to you

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