Almond Marzipan Cookie Bars

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Almond Marzipan Cookie Bars

Marzipan is one of those love-it-or-hate-it treats. I’m really hoping that most of you love it, since it’s one of my favorite things in all the world.

If you catch a whiff of almond extract and you want to drink the bottle, then you love marzipan. If not, well, yep. Sorry. You can come back next week when I have some fun spooky treats set to go!

These are buttery cookie bars topped with a gooey layer of baked marzipan and toasted almonds. I’ve had to hide these in a dark corner of the freezer to avoid consuming every last one.

Almond Marzipan Cookie Bars

Like marzipan, acquired tastes abound, and not just in food. I made the mistake of recommending Pitch Perfect to my parents last week. When I saw that movie with Kenny and my brother at the movie theater, we fell out of our seats with tears streaming down our cheeks. We were laughing that hard.

The night my parents sat down to watch the movie, I got a very short e-mail from my mom along the lines of, “This movie sucks.” She informed me that it wasn’t funny, had bad music, and that she and my dad just didn’t get it.

Almond Marzipan Cookie Bars

I’m assuming that it must be a generational issue, right? Because people in my age group (not to mention my beloved high school students) loved that movie. And the music, too. I mean, college a capella is so strongly embedded in our culture nowadays, but it probably wasn’t back when my parents were pursuing higher education.

So the movie didn’t mean much to them, and I’m okay with that. I still think that a girl doing snow angels in vomit is one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen.

Almond Marzipan Cookie Bars

After all, don’t so many things take time to appreciate? Like Ugg boots, or kale? But once we’re there, we’re there. And I’ve been appreciating marzipan since I was little tiny, thanks to my German grandparents.

Yep, marzipan is a German thing. But I’ve managed to add American flair by putting it on a cookie bar. Because, as you know by now if you read my blog, bars are my jam.

The key to making a good cookie bar is to make it nice and thick. Then it’s just so much fun to bite into. The sticky marzipan topping along with the crunch of the toasted almonds means that your texture senses will be so happy right along with your taste buds.

Almond Marzipan Cookie Bars

Just be wary of the marzipan. You want to brown it, but don’t let it go too long. The top should be firm, but underneath will be that fantastic gooey layer right before you get to the soft, thick cookie bar.

Not everyone has the same taste, which is a mercy. And it can take some time to fall in love with something, which is why I became obsessed with sushi after years of not wanting it. Just be glad that some tastes are acquired. They just want to take the time to get to know us!


Almond Marzipan Cookie Bars


Cookie Bars
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups flour
Marzipan Topping
1 package (8 oz.) almond paste
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 cup almonds, chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line an 8-inch square pan with aluminum foil, leaving enough to hang over the sides. Coat with cooking spray.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Add the egg, vanilla and almond extracts and mix again. Gradually add the flour, mixing until just incorporated.
  3. Pat the cookie dough onto the prepared pan evenly. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven.
  4. While the bars are baking, make the topping. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the almond paste with the brown sugar and egg until well combined.
  5. Spread the mixture over the bars after they come out of the oven. Sprinkle the chopped almonds on top.
  6. Bake for another 15-20 minutes until the marzipan topping is browned and set.
  7. Remove from the oven and cool completely. Cut into bars. Store in an airtight container.




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 18 Comments

  1. Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    Almond/marzipan is the best! It’s such an awesome sweet flavor that isn’t vanilla, chocolate, or lemon 🙂 It’s also so fancy 🙂
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    1. Mir

      Agreed. We all need something different from time to time!

  2. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    I have had marizpan in the longest time, Mir! My Grandma used to make it and I always devoured every last crumb. These cookie bars are just calling my name. Sounds like you perfected this recipe!
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    1. Mir

      I bet your grandma did the best job, too. I would’ve been right there with you, eating it all up!

  3. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    I fall in to the “love it” camp when it comes to marzipan. The smell just always reminds me of my grandma’s house, which always seemed to smell of marzipan.
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    1. Mir

      That sounds like the best-smelling house, Dannii!

  4. Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks

    I haven’t seen Pitch Perfect, but I think I would find snow angels in vomit pretty hilarious too! I do love almond extract and I’m pretty sure I’ve had marzipan, but I know for a fact I’ve never cooked with it. Bars are totally your jam and these look just as delicious as the rest of your magical creations!
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    1. Mir

      It’s so funny, Rachelle! If you ever watch it, let me know what you think. Thanks so much!

  5. Mary @ LOVE the secret ingredient

    In the past I haven’t been too much of a marzipan fan, but this recipe just looks so good I’ll have to try it again!
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    1. Mir

      It’s okay, don’t force it! 🙂 You can also just make the cookie bars with a different topping. Whatever works, Mary!

  6. Manali @ CookWithManali

    I love marzipan, so delicious! love that you used them in these cookie bars Mir, now pass me one! lol about @kale and @uggs hahaha
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    1. Mir

      And I really love kale and Uggs. Goes to show…

  7. Trish - Mom On Timeout

    Almond extract is my FAVE and is my secret ingredient to so many recipes! I used to HATE marzipan but my sister has turned me around the past few years with some yummy recipes like this one. These bars look DELISH!
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    1. Mir

      I’m glad she turned you around! I’ve loved it since forever. It’s so hard to resist!

  8. Amanda

    I’ve never had Marzipan before. All I really know about it is they didn’t like it on Gilmore Girls. Haha. But I think they’re crazy, because this looks so great! I really want to give it a try. 🙂
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    1. Mir

      That’s the only time I didn’t see where Lorelai and Rory were coming from! I mean, WTH?! Marzipan is delicious!

  9. Michele @ Alwayzbakin

    These look luscious! I love almonds. I’ve never tried marzipan but I’m already convinced that I love it!
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    1. Mir

      It’s a treat you should definitely try, Michele! I recommend. Let me know if you do!

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