Soft Marzipan Cookies

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Soft marzipan cookies

Soft marzipan cookies

I always love February because there’s so much to celebrate. There’s the 15 days Chinese New Year celebration, then Valentine’s Day and then my birthday….yippeee. But well, another year older. Though I don’t like to be another year older, it’s one of the things in life that’s beyond our control. So let’s grow old gracefully. One thing that I do hope every year on my birthday is that my heart remains young…..*big smiles*. 

Burnt chick peas

Burnt chick peas

Celebrations this year is different. It is rather relaxing with my family which I find rather refreshing. Lots of silliness and laughters. Having said that, I was craving for boiled chick peas or ‘kacang putih’ as we call it in Malaysia. It’s what we ate when going to the movies in our young days. Not pop corns. They were served in paper cones, hot and delicious. By the way, I put the soaked chick peas into a pressure cooker to boil but totally forgot about it. It was the burnt smell that caught my attention….hmmm. Managed to salvage some but with a little burnt smell. I really shouldn’t be cooking on my birthday!

For your info, chick peas are very nutritious and beneficial for health. They are high in fibre, vitamins and minerals. They can be used in so many ways……as a snack, made into hummus, added to salad or cooked in curry. I liked it boiled and eaten as a snack.

For my birthday I made mochi balls and soft marzipan cookies to share with my friends in church. Marzipan is actually almond paste which is almond meal mixed with sugar. So, you can actually call them almond cookies, too. The cookies were not too sweet, soft and very delicious. My friends liked it very much. These cookies are really good with a cup of tea.

Here’s my easy Soft Marzipan Cookies recipe.

Ingredients
500g marzipan
125g butter
3 eggs
1/4C sugar
2C flour
1t baking powder
1/2t baking soda
1T vanilla

Rough cookie dough

Rough cookie dough

Mix up everything with your hand. Initially I put everything into a food processor. I thought that would work but it didn’t. It was all too heavy and sticky for my processor. Not wanting it to break down, I poured out everything into a mixing bowl and mix it by hand. It was not easy especially breaking up the marzipan. There were still pieces of marzipan after mixing up. Just had to leave it that way because I didn’t want to over mix it just in case too much gluten develops and then my cookies turn hard rock. Just my thought.

Ready to bake

Ready to bake

Scoop the dough into balls and drop them onto a paper lined tin. You can still see the pieces of marzipan .

Delicious marzipan cookies

Delicious marzipan cookies

Bake at 200 degrees Celsius for about 10 minutes, longer if you want a crispier biscuit. But I prefer them soft. Cool and enjoy them with coffee or tea. In fact the pieces of marzipan gives the cookies a nice bite. I’m glad I didn’t blend it too fine…..phew.

You can find a lot more cookies recipes in my Recipes section. Hope you have fun baking! Homemade is still the best.

Til then see you in my next post!

Quote of the day……

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Ralph W. Sockman

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17 Comments

claire  on February 19th, 2013

Firstly, wanna wish you HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARY MOH!!
My son is also born in February… :)
Secondly, what is marzipan? :) I think I better google it to learn more.. hahahaa…

suituapui  on February 19th, 2013

Nice. One of your Chinese New Year treats?

Jeannie  on February 19th, 2013

A lovely treat for celebrations indeed, wishing you Happy Birthday too!

somewhere in singapore  on February 19th, 2013

Happy Birthday!!! Happy Lunar New Year!!! Happy Valentine’s!!!

Mich Piece of Cake  on February 19th, 2013

I never knnew marzipan can be turned into cookies. very interesting!

Angie@Angie's Recipes  on February 20th, 2013

Happy Birthday, Mary!
I love soft chewy cookies. These are a lovely treat.

Belinda @zomppa  on February 20th, 2013

15 days! This is the best time of year!!

peteformation  on February 20th, 2013

Happy Birthday Mary…..

Juliana  on February 20th, 2013

Happy Birthday Mary :)
You just reminded me that I have some marzipan in the freezer…and these cookies look just perfect.
Enjoy your week my dear!

Sophie  on February 21st, 2013

Waw! These marzipan cookies look to die fore: really appetizing too! I must make these soon!

Yummm!

faye  on February 21st, 2013

Hi Mary,
Your story about chickpeas brought back memories of an Indian man with white turban with a box filled with all kinds of beans and newspaper cones. I always go for the red colored chickpeas, which I could also use as lipstick. Those were hard times, and a cone of chickpeas lasts quite a while. I lived in a kampong and there were people selling nasi lemak, wrapped in banana leaves; string hoppers with brown sugar and grated coconut and a man selling pieces of fruits and jelly. He makes me go crazy, cos most times I have no money to buy even though each item was just 5cents.
Life is much better now. And just to wish you happy birthday, and thanks for your link to Dr Mercola. My husband had to go for surgery for his kidney and prostate problem, still recovering.
Take care Mary and God bless.
Faye

Blackswan  on February 22nd, 2013

Looks like u’re not just eating well, but cooking & baking well too. Hahaha! Like Faye, the first thing that comes to my mind is also the Indian man selling Kachang Putih. I’ve haven’t eaten these for ages! Happy belated bday, Mary! May u stay young & cheerful always :) xoxo

Ilan  on February 22nd, 2013

Those cookies look so decadent!

noobcook  on February 25th, 2013

Happy birthday to you! the cookies look yummy!

Katerina  on February 26th, 2013

These cookies look so tasty and inviting Mary!

skip to malou  on February 27th, 2013

Happy Birthday Mary! I remember I think I greeted you on fb… or didn’t I? hahah it gives away my age for forgetting huh? ANyways I am sure you had a great time celebrating the event… and you are right, more relaxed and no stress is better way of celebrating!
thanks for the recipe!
malou

Mistletoe  on March 1st, 2013

Ooh…I like chickpeas but have never had them just boiled and salted. Sounds great! I’d much prefer that over popcorn. Next time if we ever go to the movies together, you bring the snacks. I’ll bring the jacket with many pockets to hide everything in. Teehee. I never knew what marzipan was. Learn new stuff through your blog all the time. :D

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