Recipe By Carol
Published Jun 19th
Prep 30m Cook 20m Additional 8h 30m Ready In 9h 20m
Servings 5 dozen cookies Calories 147.6

This is a delicious, traditional cookie that my grandmother made every Christmas. I have fond memories of my mother showing me how she made them, just like grandma.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 pound butter
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup ice-cold water, or more as needed
  • 1 pound almond paste
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 egg white, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon water, or as needed

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Mash the butter into the flour in a mixing bowl with a pastry cutter or forks until it resembles small peas. Gradually add ice-cold water into the mixture, stirring lightly until the mixture is moist enough to form a ball. Place the pastry ball into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Mix almond paste, sugar, eggs, and almond extract in a separate bowl. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Refrigerate both mixtures 8 hours to overnight.
  2. 2 Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease 2 baking sheets.
  3. 3 Divide the pastry into 10 portions. Using a rolling pin, roll each portion into long strips measuring about 4x12 inches. Divide the almond paste mixture into 10 portions; use your hands to form each portion into a snake shape. Place each almond 'snake' into the center of each pastry strip. Fold the dough over and seal the seam, also closing the ends. A little water will help to hold the seal. Arrange the rolls seam side down onto the baking sheets. Cut slits into the rolls with scissors every 2 inches.
  4. 4 Beat egg white and water together in a small bowl; brush over the pastry rolls to coat.
  5. 5 Bake in preheated oven until lightly browned, 20 to 25 minutes. Set aside to cool completely before slicing.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 147.6
  • Carbohydrate 16.7 g
  • Cholesterol 21.7 mg
  • Fat 8.5 g
  • Fiber 0.6 g
  • Protein 1.9 g
  • Saturated Fat 4.1 g
  • Sodium 47.4 mg
  • Sugar 6.7 g

Chef's Notes

To make the dough, you can use a pastry blender, food processor, or the dough hook on your mixer. It is important to not handle the dough too much because it will cause the dough to become tough.


  1. I n the picture it is a cookie ball and in the instructions it is a strip of dough with a almond filling snake shape inside. I do not get it. Is the picture wrong?? I wanted to use my almond paste in the round cookie!
  2. I made this recipe for a close German friend. She was very pleased and raved about the recipe stating that her mother used to make a similar recipe. It was very very good.
  3. Tasty i had ready marzipan in freezer from 2 months ago very easy to make this cookies my family liked it a lot. Thanks for the recipe i didnt know what to do with my marzipan.
  4. ok so i'm the first to make/ rate it!:) made them Monday for Christmas next day there weren't any more left! although i'll admit that the first time i only made half of the recipe because i had no idea what to expect!:) and it's amazing! it's so easy to make (i followed the recipe - Read more ...

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