Mazapán de cacahuate, or peanut marzipan, is a typical sweet emblematic of Mexican culture. Like many other traditional dishes from Mexican cuisine, it has a Spanish influence. In Mexico, you can find peanut marzipan throughout the year and at any store, but it is super-easy to make, requiring only peanuts, sugar, and a good food processor. These delightful sweets will brighten up any dessert table.
Mazapán de Cacahuate: Mexican Peanut Marzipan [Vegan, Gluten-Free]
- 3 1/2 cups toasted unsalted peanuts, skins removed
- 2 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
- In a food processor, grind the peanuts until finely ground. Add the confectioner’s sugar and continue mixing. You need to scrape the sides of the bowl occasionally.
- The peanuts will release their oil and a compact paste will be formed. You will know it’s ready when you press the paste between your fingers and it sticks together. Be patient because it will take a while, between 10-15 minutes.
- Press the paste into a circular cookie cutter until compact. Carefully remove the cookie cutter and repeat until all the paste is used up.
- Wrap each mazapán in tissue or wax paper.