Almond Paste Recipe (4 ingredients, so easy!)

This almond paste recipe only calls for four ingredients, is much cheaper than store-bought and just takes minutes to make! Can be made with almond flour in a bowl or with blanched almonds in a food processor.

Another benefit of homemade almond paste is that it doesn’t have any questionable ingredients in it. And yes, it works exactly the same as store-bought! I’ve tested it in a few different recipes so far with excellent results.

I’ll actually be posting two of those recipes – Italian pignoli cookies and German almond horn cookies – next week, just in time for Christmas. If you need some almond cookies right now, check out my Italian almond cookies that use almond flour instead of almond paste.

Almond paste ingredients

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  • Blanched almond flour or blanched almonds – Using almond flour is the easiest option and results in the smoothest almond paste. I recommend this one from Bob’s Red Mill because it’s very finely ground. But you can also use blanched almonds!

  • Powdered sugar – I really recommend sticking to powdered for this recipe. That’ll ensure that your almond paste, and whatever you make with it, has the correct consistency and doesn’t have sugar crystals in it.

  • Egg whites – Unfortunately, I don’t have a sub for these in this recipe.

  • Almond extract – Optional, but I find that it’s needed if you want your almond paste to taste like store-bought and for it to taste quite almondy. Without it, it’s kind of bland. As will your cookies be that you make with the paste.

  • Salt – Something that doesn’t need an explanation. :D

Make sure to use the right ingredients

The nice thing about this recipe is that you don’t need a food processor. At least if you use almond flour.

You can just use your hands to combine it all in a big bowl. If you prefer to use blanched almonds in place of almond flour, then you of course need a food processor.

I find that a high-speed blender processes nuts too unevenly. It’s great for making things like almond butter that will be eventually liquid, but not almond paste. You can, however, use it to mix up the almond paste if you’re using almond flour.

This Ninja Foodi has a container that you can use to make super creamy nut butter, and another one that works more as a regular food processor. I recently got one (April 2023), and it works great for this recipe.

If you live outside of the US and Canada – when I say almond flour, I mean the product that is probably referred to as ground almonds in your country.

In Germany, there’s something called Mandelmehl, which translates to almond flour, but it’s actually deoiled almond flour. Something we don’t even have in the US. The two products are not interchangeable!

I believe that this is also true in the UK. If you’re looking at a US recipe that calls for almond flour, you need to use ground almonds.

I do not recommend almond meal, which is made from unblanched almonds. You don’t want those little specks of skin and it’s not as fine as almond meal.

And if you don’t know what else to make with almond flour, check out my almond flour brownies, almond flour chocolate chip cookies or almond flour banana muffins. All of them use almond flour and no other flours.

The below is a preview of the cookies I made with this almond paste!

What’s the difference between almond paste and marzipan?

According to Nigella Lawson, in the UK, the terms almond paste and marzipan are used interchangeably. But both are what we’d call marzipan in the US.

Marzipan is used for covering cakes, making little edible models and it has a higher proportion of sugar, which makes it smoother and easier to roll than almond paste.

Almond paste is used as an ingredient in baking. In cakes, cookies, and some types of bread, like the German stollen. You don’t eat it on its own like you can with marzipan.

But wait. In Germany, the almond paste / marzipan product meant for baking is called Marzipanrohmasse (‘marzipan raw mass’). And it’s also used in baked recipes and to make little deocrations and to cover cakes.

So it’s confusing. If you’re in the US, make sure to buy or make marzipan if a recipe calls for marzipan and almond paste if it calls for almond paste.

If you’re outside of the US, do a bit of research about where the recipe comes from and whether you really need almond paste or marzipan. They’re not really interchangeable.

And while I’m at it, if you bake with regular wheat flour, you should really stick to recipes from your own country. US all-purpose flour is not the same as German flour, UK flour, or anywhere else. They’re all slightly different.

Ground almonds are generally the same from country to country. So is coconut flour. Whole wheat flour and other whole grain flours seem to work the same. But white flour… nope.

This is actually the original reason why I started posting the kinds of recipes I post. Because I couldn’t get any US recipes to work with German flour!

For anyone not familiar with my blog, if I post a recipe with all-purpose flour, which is rare, then it’s been tested with all-purpose flour ordered from the US. So you don’t have to worry about my recipes. :)

Use a scale!

Most sources list 1 cup of almond flour as 100 grams. But I’ve seen some sites list up to 130 grams for 1 cup of almond flour.

There’s clearly a big difference in how people measure almond flour. So the safest thing to do is to use a scale. With a scale, there’s zero variation and your almond paste is sure to come out perfectly.

Also, if you use something other than a large egg white, you need to measure out 32 grams of egg white. If you don’t, your almond paste (and again, whatever you make with it), won’t have the right consistency.

Paleo version?

I tried to make a paleo version of this almond paste recipe using coconut sugar and the almond paste appeared to be the right texture. But when I used it in a recipe (that I had already tried with success using the non-paleo homemade almond paste), the dough was super runny. I had to add a ton of extra almond flour to the cookie recipe.

That means I don’t really want to recommend using coconut sugar in this almond paste recipe because you’ll need to adjust whatever recipe it is that you use the almond paste in.

So for my two upcoming cookie recipes that use this almond paste, there’s a from-scratch paleo option. Meaning you don’t need to make this almond paste first.

If you can’t wait for those recipes, I have these paleo peppermint cookies, paleo gingerbread cookies and chocolate gingerbread cookies that would be perfect for Christmas.

Sub for the egg?

Not this time, sorry. And it’s the same problem as with the coconut sugar version.

Even if I came up with a vegan version that worked in one recipe, it doesn’t mean that it’d work in other recipes.

It’s safest to just google a totally homemade version of whatever it is that you want to make with almond paste. So google “vegan almond paste cookies” or “vegan pignoli cookies” or whatever.

How long does it last?

Store-bought almond paste has preservatives in it. My recipe does not. I saw one big food site saying that you can store homemade almond paste for 3 months in the fridge.

Raw eggs for three months in the fridge? Even if they’re pasteurized eggs, I’m going to say… nope. I don’t think so.

I wouldn’t recommend keeping it in the fridge for more than 3-4 weeks. Or just freeze what you don’t need! It freezes great and can be frozen for 6 months.

Let me know if you give this recipe a try! I’d love to hear what you think. :)

Easy Almond Paste Recipe - No Food Processor Needed!

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Almond Paste Recipe (4 ingredients, so easy!)
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  • Yield: 14-ounces (that equals 2 store-bought packages)


  • 2 1/3 cups (231 grams) blanched almond flour or 1 1/2 cups + 1 tablespoon (231 grams) blanched almonds
  • 1 1/4 cups (136 grams) powdered sugar
  • 1 large (32 grams) egg white
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


    If using almond flour:

  1. Place everything in a food processor and pulse until totally combined. It comes together very quickly. Or mix by hand in a large bowl.
  2. If using blanched almonds:

  3. Place the almonds and 3/4 cup powdered sugar in the bowl of a food processor fitted with an S-blade.
  4. Process until very finely ground but do not overmix.
  5. Add the remaining 1/2 cup powdered sugar and process until well combined.
  6. Add the egg white, almond extract and salt and pulse until a big clump forms. This is your almond paste.
  7. It shouldn't be very sticky. If it is (which could happen if your almond flour is coarse), you can add a little sugar at a time unless it's less sticky.
  8. For both versions:

  9. Form it into a log and refrigerate until ready to use.
  10. Store in the fridge for up to 3-4 weeks or freeze for up to 6 months.

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  • Jojo
    December 13, 2023 @ 10:05 pm

    I was ready to make my favorite Almond Croissant Bread Pudding and found that my almond paste was as hard a rock! I checked Pinterest for almond paste and found your super easy recipe. I whipped it up by hand and mere minutes and it made my bread pudding even better than normal! Thanks so much for the great easy recipe. It’s a keeper for sure.

    • Erin replies to Jojo
      December 16, 2023 @ 11:11 am

      Hi Jojo! Wow, that’s great to hear. I’m so glad that the bread pudding came out even better than normal! Bread pudding with almond paste sounds very, very dangerous. 😄 I’d love to try it! Thanks a ton for your lovely feedback, and I hope you have a great weekend!

  • Chris says
    December 13, 2023 @ 10:03 pm

    This is a great recipe for Marzipan… or almond paste. They might not be the same at the store but in baking this is marzipan. Note, the recipe also works great with pasteurized egg whites that come in the carton at the grocery store. Thanks for sharing.

    • Erin replies to Chris
      December 16, 2023 @ 8:25 am

      I’m glad that you enjoyed it! :) Thanks for your feedback. Maybe it’s the same thing where you live, but marzipan and almond paste aren’t the same thing in the US. According to Food and Wine, “Marzipan is often confused for almond paste, but it can’t be used interchangeably. Marzipan’s additional ingredients, like more sugar and egg white, make it both smoother and sweeter than almond paste. You can’t swap them out one for one in a recipe, unfortunately.” This recipe is definitely almond paste. If someone reading this comment needs marzipan, please find a recipe for marzipan to make sure your recipe works out how it’s supposed to. :)

  • Joanne Davis
    August 12, 2023 @ 1:24 am

    Outstanding! And super easy to make. I used almond flour I bought. I also used 1 1/2 teaspoon of egg replacer and 2 teaspoons of water instead of egg white, because my husband is allergic to eggs. Mixed it together with my hands for a few minutes, about 7, until it formed a solid mass. Perfect and delicious. Also, I like this recipe because its not as sweet as the store-bought brands. Thanks so much!

    • Erin replies to Joanne Davis
      August 17, 2023 @ 1:09 pm

      You’re welcome! And thanks a ton for sharing your egg-free version. What egg replacer did you use? I’d like to try it out to see how it compares to the egg version! Thanks again for the feedback. :)

      • Joanne Davis
        replies to Erin
        August 18, 2023 @ 1:18 am

        I used ener-G egg replacer, though Bob’s Red Mill is good, too.

        • Erin replies to Joanne Davis
          August 18, 2023 @ 8:09 pm

          Good to know! Thanks for the tip. :)

  • Pam says
    June 30, 2023 @ 1:47 pm

    Great recipe! So simple and ready in a flash! I’m so glad that I couldn’t find almond paste in the stores in June. I’ll never buy “store-bought” again!
    Thank you for sharing!

    • Erin replies to Pam
      July 1, 2023 @ 6:28 am

      I’m so happy to hear that it came out well for you and that you don’t need to buy it again! That’s interesting that they don’t have it in the stores in June. I didn’t know that (I live in Germany and it’s always around). Thanks a ton for your feedback and I hope you have a great weekend. :)

  • Natalia
    April 12, 2023 @ 9:08 pm

    Do you think this recipe will work with pistachios instead to make pistachio paste?

    • Erin replies to Natalia
      August 17, 2023 @ 1:38 pm

      Hi Natalia! I’m terribly sorry for just now seeing your comment. It was in spam for some weird reason. I’ve never made or even had pistachio paste before, so I really can’t say. My guess is that it’d work, but you’d need to remove the skins. Sorry again! I’m sure you’ve already found another recipe but thought I’d answer in case anyone else is wondering. :)

  • Louise w
    March 12, 2023 @ 12:14 am

    Made the almond paste. So easy, came out great.t

    • Erin replies to Louise w
      March 13, 2023 @ 1:09 pm

      Yay! I’m glad to hear that! Thanks for your feedback. :)

  • Assunta J Branca says
    December 22, 2022 @ 4:33 am

    Hello, thank you very much for the recipe, I didn’t know that was so easy to make Almond Paste, and your explanation are so detailed you certainly safe my day of baking at this point no stores hade it on their selfs. Merry Christmas.

  • Teresa Giannasca says
    November 29, 2022 @ 2:14 am

    Thank you so much for the recipe Happy Holidays

    • Erin replies to Teresa Giannasca
      November 30, 2022 @ 2:44 pm

      You’re welcome! Thank you and happy holidays to you, as well. :)

  • Dawn says
    May 25, 2021 @ 6:07 am

    Sometimes almond extract can impart a bitter flavor to recipes, so I recommend using Amaretto instead – it’s not a concentrated so use twice as much.

    • Erin replies to Dawn
      May 26, 2021 @ 12:58 pm

      Thanks for the tip! I’ve never had that issue but it’s great to know. :)

    • Joanna replies to Dawn
      August 6, 2022 @ 6:18 pm

      I agree. Almond extract can leave an odd taste in baked goods. Amaretto sounds great.

      • Erin replies to Joanna
        August 9, 2022 @ 6:07 am

        I wonder if the brand is the issue? I’ve never had an issue with an odd taste with almond extract. For me, it just makes everything taste magical. 😆

        • Julie Michaux replies to Erin
          September 13, 2022 @ 4:23 pm

          I’ve used Watkin’s almond extract for 50+ years and it has always been very good, but … I love the idea of Amaretto and will certainly use that next! Thanks.

        • Susan Mattson replies to Erin
          September 16, 2022 @ 5:32 pm

          Almond emulsion works really well. No alcohol so no bitter taste

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