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How to Make Almond Paste

Homemade Almond Paste can be made in as little as 5 minutes with just 5 ingredients. It is a versatile and delicious filling that will elevate your almond desserts to the next level. Not to mention all the money you’ll save from not having to buy premade almond paste.

Homemade Almond Paste made in a food processor

Over the years, I’ve used homemade almond paste in so many different desserts and they have always been a hit every single time. If you love almond anything, you need to try these:

  • Almond Scones – these have a whole batch of almond paste, chopped up and folded into the dough.
  • Apple Tart with Almond Paste Filling – the almond paste is spread on top of the pie crust, then sliced apples are layered on top of the almond paste. Mmm so good!
  • Rugelach with Almond Filling – not traditional for sure, but an amazing twist to a typical rugelach recipe.
  • Almond Croissant French Toast Bake – if you have leftover almond paste, this recipe is perfect for it since it doesn’t use up the whole batch.

The recipes above are just some of the things you can make with almond paste, but the options are limitless. However, I know our wallets aren’t limitless, and premade almond paste is not exactly cheap. Thus, this homemade version is going to save you some pretty pennies too!

How to make Almond Paste

Ingredients for homemade almond paste

Almond flour and powdered sugar in a food processor

  • Almond is the main ingredient for almond paste. You can use almond flour, almond meal or ground whole almond to make your own almond meal.
  • Powdered sugar is used instead of granulated sugar for a smoother texture.
  • Salt – just a few pinches to enhance the flavor.
  • Egg white is used to bind everything together.
  • Almond extract is optional but it will enhance your almond paste flavor 10x, so I always use it.

Making almond paste with a food processor

Making almond paste in a food processor

Making almond paste in a food processor (Photos 1 – 3)

  1. Add all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix with a whisk before adding to the food processor. Or you can simply pulse all the dry ingredients together in the food processor bowl.
  2. Add egg white and almond extract to the dry ingredient mixture.
  3. Turn the food processor on and allow to process until a smooth paste forms.

Do I have to use a food processor for this almond paste recipe?

I’ve made almond paste both with and without the food processor. I prefer using the food processor for a smoother paste. But if you don’t have a food processor, you can certainly still make it by hand. 

Follow all the steps above but use a mixing bowl and a fork instead. When you mix the egg white into the dry mixture, it will be very sticky, work it with a fork until you get a uniform paste. This will yield a paste with slightly more coarse grains but it works just fine. 

Homemade Almond Paste made in a food processor

Almond Paste vs. Marzipan vs. Frangipane

Almond paste and marzipan are very similar in nature. They are both made with mostly almond flour and sugar. 

➤ The main difference is that almond paste has a lot less sugar and is primarily used as a filling in baked goods. 

➤ Whereas marzipan is much sweeter and is used primarily to make candies and cake decorations.

Frangipane, on the other hand, is a completely different animal. It is an almond cream that is enriched with butter and whole egg. Whereas only egg white is used in almond paste and marzipan for binding.

Here are some recipes using frangipane you might want to try out. And they’re not only limited to almond frangipane either:

Baker’s Tips

Should I use almond flour or almond meal for this recipe?

Almond flour and almond meal are both ground almonds, and are technically the same. So in a pinch, you can use either type for this recipe. You can even ground your own whole almonds if that is all you have at the time.

However, there are some differences between the two. Almond flour is typically more finely ground and never contains almond skin. Almond meal, on the other hand, can be coarser, can be blanched (skin removed) or unblanched (with skin). For the unblanched variety of almond meal, you will be able to see the dark flecks of the almond skin in your final product. 

➤ While there is technically no difference, I prefer to use almond flour or blanched almond meal for look and uniformity.

Is there a substitute for almond paste?

There is no good substitute for almond paste but if you prefer other types of nuts over almond, you can ground your own nut flour using a food processor and make macadamia nut paste, pistachio paste, pecan paste, pretty much any flavor.

Storing almond paste

Almond paste can be made ahead of time and kept refrigerated for a week to 10 days for all your baking needs. Or freeze it for up to 6 months. Be sure to wrap the paste well, so it doesn’t absorb any refrigerator or freezer smell.

A roll of Homemade Almond Paste

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If you make this recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment, send me a photo, rate it and don’t forget to tag me @wildwildwhisk on Instagram. I’d love to see what’s cooking up in your kitchen. Cheers!

Homemade Almond Paste made in a food processor

Homemade Almond Paste

Homemade Almond Paste can be made in as little as 5 minutes with just 5 ingredients. It is a versatile and delicious filling that will elevate your almond desserts to the next level. Not to mention all the money you’ll save from not having to buy premade almond paste.
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, European
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 7 oz
Calories: 137kcal
Author: Trang

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond flour (129 g, packed)
  • ½ cup powder sugar (50 g)
  • teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 egg white
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract (use ½ teaspoon for more almond flavor)

Instructions

  • Add almond flour, powder sugar and salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until evenly mixed.
  • Add egg white and almond extract and pulse until a smooth paste forms.
  • Roll into a log, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Almond paste can be prepared well in advance and stored in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.

Video

Notes

  • This recipe makes about 7 oz of almond paste which is about the same amount as 1 package of almond paste you can buy at the store.
  • You can use almond meal or ground your own almond for this recipe.
  • Almond extract is highly recommended but if you don’t have it, you can omit.

Nutrition

Serving: 31g | Calories: 137kcal
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This post was originally published on 10/18/2018. The recipe has been updated and republished on 7/11/2020 with the latest improvements, extra tips, and a video to help you in the kitchen.

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31 Comments

  1. Anna
    July 1, 2020 /

    5 stars
    I made it by hand, as another person indicated, because I don’t own a food processor. It came together quickly and easily! I didn’t bother to roll it into a log and just covered the bowl I made it in. I plan on making the Chez Panisse almond torte tomorrow. I’m still avoiding grocery stores because I care for my terminally ill mother. Thank you so much!

    • Trang
      Author
      July 1, 2020 /

      I’m glad the recipe works well by hand too. That almond torte sounds wonderful. Take care Anna, and stay safe!

  2. Joyce Braddock
    June 27, 2020 /

    I was led here on a search for Dutch letters. Very excited to have this recipe in my playbook. It opens up so many possibilities for things I love but didn’t want to pay for almond paste. I get almond flour in bulk at an Amish grocery for way less than I would pay at a regular store. Thanks!

    • Trang
      Author
      June 27, 2020 /

      Hey Joyce, I’m so glad you found this recipe. Ever since I started making my own, I never buy it anymore, bulk almond flour is way more affordable. Can’t wait to see what you make with it!

  3. Janine DelGiorno
    June 20, 2020 /

    If I use this in your Almond scones do I need to double the recipe? From what I can tell this makes 3.5 oz and we need 7 oz for the scones but it seems like a lot. Just wanted to see what you have done.

    • Trang
      Author
      June 22, 2020 /

      Hi Janine, this recipe makes about 7 oz actually, just enough for the scones. I think the confusion is probably due to the way my recipe card is set up, I couldn’t enter 7 1/2 for the serving size and added the “1/2” in the unit field and makes it look like 7 serves of 1/2 oz. Sorry about that, I’ll get it fixed.

  4. Christopher Sa
    April 24, 2020 /

    5 stars
    Incredibly easy. Perfect texture. A+

    • Trang
      Author
      April 25, 2020 /

      Thanks for the wonderful feedback!

  5. Susala
    April 13, 2020 /

    Thanks for this recipe! If I double or triple the recipe, should I increase the almond extract by the same amount? I don’t want it to taste artificial?

    • Trang
      Author
      April 13, 2020 /

      Yes, you should increase the extract by the same amount. The recipe calls for 1/4 tsp per batch which is not a lot at all, I don’t think the almond extract has an artificial taste. I think the flavor is quite subtle and you could even increase if you want. I suggest perhaps try to make 1 batch first and see how you like the flavor and then make the second and third batch. It’s quite easy and you don’t need to wash the food processor between each batch.

      • susala
        April 13, 2020 /

        Thanks!!

  6. Debi Isler
    March 26, 2020 /

    Love this recipe! I will be making my own bear claws since this corona virus has me indoors. Thanks so much!

    • Trang
      Author
      March 26, 2020 /

      Bear claws are delicious! Enjoy!

  7. Tea
    December 29, 2019 /

    Hi there, do you think i could substitute 1/4 c applesauce for the egg?

    • Trang
      Author
      December 30, 2019 /

      I don’t think so. I’ve never made it with applesauce and the egg is used as a binder in this recipe… If you try it, please come back and let me know if it works.

  8. LaRene Aveja-Jordan
    December 28, 2019 /

    5 stars
    Easy to make, didn’t have a processor. Still works by hand. Love the taste. Still have to bake with it.

    • Trang
      Author
      December 30, 2019 /

      I’m glad you like the recipe, be sure to let me know what you make with it! 🙂

  9. Ann
    December 13, 2019 /

    You wrote 1/2 powder sugar. Did you mean “1/2 cup powdered sugar?” I only ask because it seemed confusing.

    • Trang
      Author
      December 13, 2019 /

      So sorry, yes it is 1/2 cup!

  10. JoAnn Voss
    December 6, 2019 /

    Is this like the almond paste you buy ready-made?

    • Trang
      Author
      December 7, 2019 /

      Yes. The one I have used is Odense and this is similar and the amount this recipe makes is also about the same.

  11. Veronica Woll
    November 29, 2019 /

    can the paste be frozen?

    • Trang
      Author
      November 29, 2019 /

      Yes, absolutely!

  12. Lee
    October 23, 2019 /

    Perfect! Thank you for a new basic for my repertoire 😉

  13. Rieffel
    October 12, 2019 /

    5 stars
    Great and easy to follow recipe with excellent instructions.

    • Trang
      Author
      October 12, 2019 /

      Thanks Rieffel! I’m glad you like the recipe 🙂

  14. Vicky
    September 21, 2019 /

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I live in Belize and it’s near impossible to find cans of almond paste! I want to make bear claws! This is wonderful!!

    • Trang
      Author
      September 22, 2019 /

      Hey Vicky, I’m so glad you found me and found the recipe useful to you. Cheers!

  15. Meagen Brosius
    May 2, 2019 /

    5 stars
    Such a quick and easy recipe! I love finding ways to make things at home!

  16. Jenn
    May 2, 2019 /

    5 stars
    I had no idea it was so easy! Thanks for the awesome recipe!

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