These Cashew Marzipan Balls – Filipino Style Recipe are for the sweet tooth. Doesn’t require cooking and you can make it with your kids.
The original Marzipan is a confection consisting primarily of almond meal and sugar, which is occasionally improve with almond oil or extract. It can be made into candies desserts; or add on to any dessert like chocolate-covered marzipan and mini imitations of fruits and vegetables. It is also used as (fondant like) cover of a cake.
These Marzipan Balls are however made from Cashew Nuts, it is so easy to make. It is really delicious and it melts in your mouth. Enjoy!!!
Do note.. you can also use roasted almonds instead of cashew.
Cashew Marzipan Balls Recipe
2 packs Growers Salted kasoy/cashew nuts, or 2 cups (80g/pack)
1 ¾ cups of powdered sugar (Confectioner’s sugar)
5-6 tablespoons of water
1-2 tablespoon vanilla flavor (adjust to preference)
1 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
3-4 tablespoon granulated sugar, garnish
1 cup slivers/chopped cashew, for garnish (optional)
In a blender, ground the cashew nuts until it becomes finer and no more chunks of nuts left. Then blend it with the powdered sugar until all even.
Notes: Do it in batches, in my case it didn’t fit my small blender in just one go. Use a stand mixer if available for combining the powdered sugar and grounded cashew.
Transfer mixture into a large bowl, add the vanilla flavor, almond extract and 1 tablespoon of water and blend for another minute.
Repeat with the 2nd tablespoon of water. The mixture should come together and somewhat lumpy or like a dough. Do a test with a small ball. It should stick together and can easily form a ball without cracks.
Adjust with the 3rd tablespoon of water then mix it all well together. I ended up with the 5th addition of water. Until I finally got the perfect dough like texture that is easy to form. Remember not to add all the water at once. Add the water little by little while mixing it thoroughly.
Assemble: Prepare a plate with sugar and form a ball in your hands and roll it gently into your hands. (If you see a crack line.. the mixture still needs a bit of water. Mix it well again).
Scoop about a teaspoon of mixture and shape it like a small ball. Roll your marzipan candy into the slivers of cashew or just use plain white sugar for coating.
Now repeat this for 33 times. Serve and enjoy. It’s really yummy!
To make it extra special, instead of using water, you may use rosewater.
You may also use this marzipan as a filling for a tart.
You can definitely use Almonds, or any favorite nuts (regular nuts or pistachios etc.)
For the flavoring, I love vanilla and almond extract so I combined these flavors. Or you may try it with cardamom.
Enjoy adding colors to the mixture and create different colorful fruit imitations. Look at the different marzipan versions from around the world. (See photos below)