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.