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Catholic Recipe: Marzipankartoffel (Marzipan Potatoes)


  • 1/4 pound potatoes, boiled, grated and chilled
  • 1 pound confectioners' sugar
  • 1 pound almond paste
  • unsweetened cocoa (optional)


Yield: 2 pounds candy

Prep Time: 1 1/2 hours

Difficulty:  ★★★☆

Cost:  ★★★☆

For Ages: 11+

Origin: Germany


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Traditional German marzipan potatoes, also known as German candy potatoes in English and marzipankartoffeln in German, are candies shaped as potatoes or balls. They can be made easily in the home as a treat for guests or gifts for the feast of St. Nicholas.

This recipe veers from the traditional marzipan and incorporates potatoes instead of only almond paste.


Mix potatoes, sugar to smooth paste. Add almond paste. Mix until dough becomes firm, smooth. Chill 1 hour in refrigerator. Form marzipan into varied fruits, vegetables, flowers, using food coloring to give real appearance. Dry 5 minutes in oven at 250°. Optional to roll in unsweetened cocoa, perhaps mixed with cinnamon. Yield, 2 pounds candy

Recipe Source: Catholic Cookbook, The by William I. Kaufman, The Citadel Press, New York, 1965