Chocolate Raspberry Marzipan Tart

Chocolate Raspberry Marzipan Tart

Last one, everyone. Last Thanksgiving dessert. We’ve had a good run!

Over the past several weeks, I’ve given you quite a few Thanksgiving pie options. But I couldn’t resist adding just one more!

As a baking blogger, the holidays provide inspiration and ideas. I love having the time of year do the recipe brainstorming for me, especially when a tart like this is the result. Guys, I kept my very favorite for last. Yes, I’ll play favorites today.

Chocolate Raspberry Marzipan Tart

This past weekend, Kenny and I got away overnight to a posh hotel in historic Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. We’re lucky to live near all kinds of little getaway spots, and even though it was chilly, it was really lovely to walk on the waterfront and see the boats and pretend it was a lot warmer.

The best part of the hotel was the pool. It was a heated indoor pool, and getting in was like being enveloped in a warm water hug. Maybe I’ve never told you this before, but I love baths. Baths are a daily thing for me, even if I’ve showered too. I love the bubbles, the scalding water, the jets (yep, my tub is tricked out), and the music playing softly in the background as I let all the stress melt out of my tired muscles.

Chocolate Raspberry Marzipan Tart

Other  than dessert, I have these other material loves in life: a good book, a great workout, and a hot bath. So as I chugged back and forth in that heated pool, I realized that my life would be pretty luxurious if I could come home from work every day, jump into a heated pool, swim for a while, and then dry off in a lounge chair with a book and some truffles.

I just heard Steven Tyler in my head shrieking “Dream On.”

Chocolate Raspberry Marzipan Tart

If the pool fantasy can’t come true, I’ll take this tart instead. It’s all my favorite things. Maybe not everyone’s on the marzipan bandwagon, but I really don’t care. This is the best.

The crust is buttery and light, with some almond meal thrown in for kicks. Piled into the crust is raspberry jam, a baked marzipan layer, and thick chocolate ganache with toasted almond flair. If you want an elegant but totally doable dessert to present tomorrow, this is your girl.

Chocolate Raspberry Marzipan Tart

Okay, kids. I’ve got more baking to do tonight, so I’ll catch you later. I’m pretty excited to get all those pies lined up on the table, and I hope you are, too. Have a safe, joyful, warm and cozy Thanksgiving with family and friends. From JAB and me to you, happy holiday season!


Chocolate Raspberry Marzipan Tart


1 cup almond meal
1/4 teaspoon salt
10 tablespoons butter, softened to room temperature
2/3 cup powdered sugar
1 egg yolk
1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup raspberry jam
1 package (8 oz.) almond paste
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 cup coarsely chopped dark chocolate
1/2 cup heavy cream
toasted almonds (toast in the oven at 350 for a few minutes in a single layer on a baking pan)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Coat a tart pan (the kind with the removable bottom) with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Combine the almond meal and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Cream the butter, powdered sugar and egg yolk in the bowl of a stand mixer. Adding each gradually, alternate the flour and the almond mixture until both are fully incorporated.
  4. Press the dough into the prepared tart pan, working it evenly along the bottom and up the sides.
  5. Take the raspberry jam and spread it evenly along the bottom of the crust. Set aside.
  6. Make the marzipan filling. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the almond paste with the brown sugar and egg until well combined.
  7. Carefully spread the marzipan mixture over the raspberry jam. It will be sticky and some of the jam might come up, but spread lightly and evenly over the surface.
  8. Bake the tart for 20-25 minutes until the crust and filling begin to turn golden. Remove from the oven to cool.
  9. Make the ganache. In a microwave-safe bowl, heat the chocolate chips and heavy cream for one minute. Stir until smooth, heating an additional 20 seconds if needed.
  10. Pour the ganache over the baked tart, spreading the chocolate evenly to the edges. Sprinkle the toasted almonds on top. Cool until set.
  11. Cut into wedges and serve.



I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

This Post Has 19 Comments

  1. Danielle

    How awesome that you live so close to some great getaway places, a heated indoor pool sounds pretty amazing since it’s so cold outside! This tart also sounds amazing, chocolate and raspberry is always a great combination.
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    1. Mir

      It was pretty amazing, Danielle! I want to own a heated pool. It’s a dream!

  2. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    I live for our weekends away. It’s been too long since the last one. And this tart, wow. I want it ALL right now.
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    1. Mir

      Those weekends away are few and far between, but oh so precious! It’s nice to feel like a person again, and not just a mom!

  3. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    Mmm you definitely saved the best for last! This tart looks amazing, kind of like the getaway that you had! I’ve always loved marzipan, but I’ve never made it before. I definitely need to change that! Hope you have a great Thanksgiving, Mir!
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    1. Mir

      You too, Gayle! Enjoy all the pie!

  4. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    Happy Thanksgiving, Mir!!! love that you and the hubs get away for overnights .. that’s GREAT! Dang, Paul and I need to do that more! I love this chocolate-raspberry-marzipan-tart!!! it’s gorgeous!!!!! My material loves in life: a good book or magazine, a great workout, and a mani/pedi 🙂 have a great holiday!!!!
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    1. Mir

      You and Paul definitely need to do getaways. I look at it as marriage maintenance. And we’re lucky enough to have parents nearby we trust to watch the kids for a little bit. I am with you on your material loves in life, too!

  5. Megan - The Emotional Baker

    Heated pools are awesome, Mir! The only thing that might be better is marzipan! I may or may not had a whole package worth one time – whoops! So technically I don’t get it anymore to ensure that doesn’t happen! But exceptions can be made when chocolate is also involved 😉 Happy Thanksgiving!
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    1. Mir

      I’ve been there, Megan. A whole package is nothing to be ashamed of!

  6. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    That sounds like an amazing time away!
    I am not sure how anyone is going to choose a Thanksgiving dessert with all the options you have given them. They are just going to have to make all of them 😉

    1. Mir

      Yes, they will, Dannii! I’m okay with that. They’re all pretty easy to do!

  7. Manali @ CookWithManali

    Happy Thanksgiving Mir! The tart looks absolutely delicious!
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    1. Mir

      You too, Manali! Hope it was a great day!

  8. Aria | Purrfectly Inspired

    Chocolate. Raspberry. MARZIPAN? OH MY WORD YOU ARE AMAZING!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Aria. It was my favorite pie by far!

  9. Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    Marzipan is the best but I’ve never had a pie with it- genius!
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    1. Mir

      It worked out great, Medha!

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