Bethmaennchen (German Marzipan Christmas Cookies)

Bethmaennchen (German Marzipan Christmas Cookies)

Bethmännchen are a marzipan specialty from Frankfurt, Germany. It translates to "little praying men". They can easily be made at home, It's important to only use very neatly halved almonds for good-looking Bethmännchen.
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  • Serves: 40 persons



  1. Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F (95 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Step 2

    Knead marzipan well and divide into about forty 1 1/2-inch cubes of equal size. Roll each cube into a ball and shape into a round cylinder with a point.
  3. Step 3

    Push 3 halved almonds into each marzipan cylinder so the pointy sides of the almonds are facing the top.
  4. Step 4

    Beat egg white lightly in a cup and brush each cookie with egg white. Set onto the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Step 5

    Bake in the preheated until the tops of the almonds are lightly browned, about 15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Store in airtight containers.