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How to Make Homemade Almond Paste

Homemade Almond Paste is a versatile and delicious filling that’s perfect to add almond flavor to a variety of baked goods. It’s quick and easy, takes just 5 minutes to whip up and will elevate your almond treats to the next level.
A roll of Homemade Almond PasteI’ve been using this recipe for homemade almond paste for many years in my baked goods. It just occurred to me now that perhaps it would be an useful addition to my library of basic recipes so that you can use it to create some amazing treats of your own. If you’re a fan of all things almond like my husband, you will love this and will try to put this in everything you bake.

How to Make Homemade Almond Paste

Homemade Almond Paste ingredients in a food processor bowlI’ve made this 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 still make it by hand. Add all the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix to distribute evenly using a fork, a whisk, or pulse together in the food processor bowl.

Adding egg white to dry ingredients to make Homemade Almond PasteThen add the egg to bind everything together. I like to add a splash or two of almond extract to enhance the flavor. With the food processor, it’s much quicker and easier, you just pulse until a smooth paste forms. By hand, you’ll need to work it with a fork until a sticky paste forms. It will be coarse but no less delicious when baked.

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 are primarily used as filling in baked good. 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.

Homemade Almond Paste made in a food processor

Almond flour vs. Almond meal

Almond flour and almond meal are both ground almonds, and are technically the same. However, 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 unblanched variety of almond meal, you will be able to see the dark flecks of the almond skin within the package. While there is technically no difference, I prefer to use almond flour or blanched almond meal for look and uniformity.

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A roll of Homemade Almond PasteIf you make this recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment, 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 is a versatile and delicious filling that’s perfect to add almond flavor to a variety of baked goods. It’s quick and easy, takes just 5 minutes to whip up and will elevate your almond treats to the next level.
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, European
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 7 1/2 oz
Calories: 968kcal
Author: Trang

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond flour ((129 g, packed))
  • 1/2 cup powder sugar ((50 g))
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract

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 store in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.

Notes

Calories estimated is for the entire batch. 

Nutrition

Serving: 214g | Calories: 968kcal
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18 Comments

  1. 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.

  2. 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! 🙂

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. Veronica Woll
    November 29, 2019 /

    can the paste be frozen?

    • Trang
      Author
      November 29, 2019 /

      Yes, absolutely!

  6. Lee
    October 23, 2019 /

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

  7. 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 🙂

  8. 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!

  9. Meagen Brosius
    May 2, 2019 /

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

  10. Jenn
    May 2, 2019 /

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

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