Marzipan Almond Scones

Marzipan Almond Scones | wildwildwhisk.comAs promised, I have another recipe with almond for ya. Marzipan almond scones for breakfast anyone? This one is kind of really good, actually it is really good. And it would make a perfect Christmas morning breakfast. Or just make it for NOW! Ryan claims this one is his favorite scones now and I second that.

I actually used store bought almond paste for this recipe, not that it’s difficult to make a homemade batch. If you want to go all the way homemade, check out this Apple Tart with Almond Paste Filling or this Marzipan Filled Rugelach for the almond paste recipe. I just happened to have a box in my pantry, which has been sadly ignored since I started making homemade almond paste. So I gave it a chance with these scones.

Marzipan Almond Scones | wildwildwhisk.comMarzipan Almond Scones | wildwildwhisk.comMarzipan Almond Scones | wildwildwhisk.comMarzipan Almond Scones | wildwildwhisk.comYou may have noticed that I’ve been using the term marzipan and almond paste pretty loosely and interchangeably. This is because they are very closely related, can be made with the same ingredients. The major difference is in the sugar quantity. Marzipan tends to have a lot more sugar and perhaps finer almond meal for a smoother texture, but it is like a fraternal twin of almond paste. In some parts of the world, almond paste and marzipan are one and the same. The usages for almond paste and marzipan may be somewhat different but they are just a mixture of sugary almonds that make everything taste so much better!

You can choose to increase the amount of sugar added to your homemade almond paste if you prefer it sweeter, especially if you’re using it as a filling for something not so sweet. These scones are the perfect candidates for example. 🙂

Marzipan Almond Scones |

5 from 3 votes
Marzipan Almond Scones
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins
Servings: 8
Author: Wild Wild Whisk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 stick unsalted butter – cold & cubed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • Buttermilk to fill 1 cup including the egg
  • 1 package of almond paste 7 oz – chopped
  • Sliced or chopped almond for topping
  • Extra all-purpose flour for rolling
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Chop up the marzipan into small chips, store in a bowl and set aside.
  3. Add flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and baking powder into a medium bowl and mix to combine or you can sift everything together.
  4. Add the cubed butter to the flour mixture, cut with a pastry blender or fork until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
  5. Crack the egg into a measuring cup, add buttermilk to get 1 cup of liquid, add almond extract. Whisk to combine.
  6. Reserve 1 tablespoon of the egg mixture to brush the top of the scones later.
  7. Make a well in the middle of the flour mixture and pour in the rest of the liquid mixture. Fold with a spatula or wooden spoon until a wet dough forms.
  8. Turn the dough out onto a well-floured board, flour top of dough and your hands, and pat the dough out about 1/2” thick. Fold the dough over itself and pat it out again, do this about 4 times.
  9. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out into a rectangle about 1/4” thick and 14” long, spread the chopped marzipan evenly over the dough.
  10. Roll the dough into a log starting at the long edge, then pat it down to about 1” thick.
  11. Cut the rectangular log into 4 smaller rectangles, then cut each rectangle diagonally to make 8 triangles.
  12. Place the scones on a parchment paper line baking sheet, brush the top with the reserved egg/buttermilk mixture, and sprinkle with sliced or chopped almonds.
  13. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes until golden brown.

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  1. Suzie
    November 29, 2018 /

    I’ve made these only twice and of all the scones I’ve baked (and eaten!) these are my favorite! Slightly more work than other recipes, but SO worth it! And SO much yum!

    • Trang
      November 29, 2018 /

      Yay!! Thanks Suzie, I’m so glad you enjoyed them 🙂

  2. Linda
    November 28, 2018 /

    I absolutely love marzipan, and did have to make my own as I didn’t have any. These were a little tricky to make, but you never would know once they came out. One of the best things I have ever baked! Love them!

    • Trang
      November 28, 2018 /

      I’m so glad you enjoy them. I love that you made your own marzipan too!

  3. Jaime
    August 22, 2018 /

    As a huge marzipan lover, I was so excited to try them.
    I just made them.
    Holy #%%&^% these were the best scones I’ve ever tasted!! Thank you for such an awesome recipe!

    • Trang
      August 23, 2018 /

      Hooray!! Thank you for your feed back Jaime, you made my day 🙂

  4. Kathy
    April 21, 2018 /

    I was at a coffee shop in Decorah, Iowa called Impact. They had the most awesome scones!! It was apple almond – I swear I tasted almond paste in there. Since the workers at the coffee shop didn’t make them, I think a company called Waving Grains did. I decided to find a recipe that at least came close. I think your recipe does but will use all purpose flour and no wheat. I will add chopped apples and a bit of cinnamon on top of the almond paste. They also used raw very coarse sugar and almonds on top.
    Your recipe should be a good one!! Thanks for sharing it!

    • Trang
      April 21, 2018 /

      Oh wow apple almond scones sound really good, I think I will have to make that now. Have you seen my Apple Pie Scones? If you mix the two recipes, I think you’ll get what you’re going after. If you love apple and almond, I think you’ll love this Apple Tart with Almond Paste Filling as well. I hope you’ll enjoy the scones!! Thanks so much for stopping by.

  5. Linda Leone
    October 10, 2017 /

    Almond paste and marzipan are two different products … marzipan has alot of sugar in it … very sweet … so which one do you use? I love the flavor of almond and would like to try this recipe … but these are expensive ingredients and want to get the right one. Thanks so much!

    • Trang
      October 10, 2017 /

      My apology for the confusion. My ingredient of choice is always almond paste because it is less sweet. I used store bought almond paste for this particular recipe, Odense brand, you can get at Target or regular grocery store. I agree with ya on the price, if you want to try making your own paste you can see the recipe in this Apple Tart post. The homemade version will be wetter, so you may not be able to slice it. You could spread it on or try freezing the paste and see if you can slice it then.

  6. December 27, 2014 /

    This looks wonderful! I pinned this as soon as I saw the pictures! Lately I have been obsessed with scones and this recipe I must try!

    • December 28, 2014 /

      Thank Manali! Hope you had a wonderful holidays and Happy New Year (soon!) to you and your family!

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