Netherlands Marzipan Potatoes - Delicious Traditional Cookie

On December 5 the Netherlands (and neighboring countries) celebrate a folklore tradition that involves a mythical figure: Sinterklaas (based on Saint Nicholas) is an old man with a long white beard in a red velvet miter and mantle who rides a white horse and brings gifts and goodies. Essentially a children’s feast, adults too indulge in traditional treats, like chocolate letters, spiced cookies and marzipan. This recipe is more like “every Dutch family’s recipe.”
Photography By Jenn Duncan | November 30, 2016


Grind the almonds fine. Grind the sugar superfine. Mix powdered sugar and ground almonds together with enough water to form dough. Add lemon peel and (if you’re not going to share this batch with kids) a dash of amaretto or orange liqueur for flavor.

Wrap in cling film and rest in the fridge overnight (or at least 12 hours).

Divide dough into equal amounts (roughly 1-inch diameter) and roll each into a ball. Toss each ball in cacao powder to coat.

PUBLISHER'S NOTE: Don't let the name fool you. While they may look like little potatoes, these cookies are a sweet delight!

About this recipe

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  • 1 cup blanched white almonds (all skin removed)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Enough water to mix
  • ½ cup cacao powder (pure)
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon peel
  • Optional: amaretto or orange liqueur
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