“Bethmännchen” – traditional Christmas marzipan biscuits from Frankfurt


These indulgent, gluten-free biscuits from my home area Frankfurt turn every marzipan hater into a marzipan lover. They are crisp on the outside, soft on the inside, and taste like Christmas. Just a bit different from all the usual German “Plätzchen”: They don’t need any extra spices and they are super easy to make. Simple almonds and marzipan are enough to create these little humps of happiness.

For about 40 pieces

  • 400 g marzipan
  • 100 g ground almonds (preferably peeled)
  • 130 g icing sugar, sifted
  • replacement for 1,5 egg whites (I used MyEgg)
  • some lemon zest
  • a sip of plant-milk
  • 80 g almonds, peeled and halved (about 60 pieces)

Start with peeling and halving the whole almonds if you couldn’t find them like this in the store. Put the almonds in a pot of water, boil for about three minutes and put in a sifter (don’t boil more than you need, they’ll get moldy). You can peel them easily now and half them with a knife (you’ll need three halves per item). Set aside.


Prepare the egg white replacement according to packet instructions. Put the marzipan, icing sugar, ground almonds and lemon zest in a bowl; add the egg substitute.


Mix with your hands until you have a smooth dough. Roll about 40 pieces of the size of a walnut with your hands and place them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Preheat your oven to 150° C (300° F). Now press three almond halves into each dough ball. The almonds have an actual meaning: The biscuits were invented by the cook of the Bethmann family in Frankfurt, an influential banker family, in the 19th century, and the three almonds represent the three sons.


Bake for about 15-20 Minutes. Let them cool completely and enjoy as a tea time treat, dessert or snack. They’re also nice as a present. Merry Christmas!


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2 thoughts on ““Bethmännchen” – traditional Christmas marzipan biscuits from Frankfurt

  1. Eigentlich mache ich die Bethmännchen jedes jahr, und gerade suchte mein Mann im Kühlschrank nach Marzipan, da versprach ich ihm, dass ich sie noch für Weihnachten für ihn mache. Nun hast Du mich noch einmal erinnert. Ich wünsche friedvolle, besinnliche Feiertage, lg Marlies

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