Marzipan Surprise – German Christmas Cookies

Holiday Marzipan Surprise Bites
Überraschungshappen
These homemade holiday treats are sure to become one of your favorite Christmas cookies. Beautifully wrapped, they also make a great gift.
Course Cookies
Keyword Christmas, Marzipan
Servings 50 pieces

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 7 oz honey 200 g
  • 2 eggs
  • 4-1/2 cups flour plus more for the work surface, 500 g
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 pinch allspice
  • 7 oz marzipan for baking almond paste, 200 g
  • 7 oz chocolate 200 g
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1-1/3 cups confectioner's sugar 200 g
  • 2 egg whites
  • baking parchment paper

Instructions

  • In an electric mixer beat the sugar, honey and eggs until frothy.
  • Sift the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and allspice into the mixture and work all the ingredients until they come together in a smooth dough. Let it rest in the fridge for about 30-60 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
  • Knead the marzipan, warming it with your hands until it can be shaped easily. Form logs about 4 inch (10 cm) in length and about as thick as a finger.
  • Roll out the dough on the lightly floured work surface and cut it into 3x4 inch (8x10 cm) rectangles.
  • Wrap the dough around the marzipan logs, then cut the logs into small triangular pieces. Place the pieces onto a cookie sheet lined with baking parchment paper and bake for about 15-20 minutes. Let them cool down on a cookie rack.
  • Melt the chocolate and butter in a double boiler. Sift the confectioner's sugar into a bowl and combine it with the egg whites. Coat half the cookies with the chocolate glaze, the other half with the sugar glaze.