These hazelnut marzipan balls are an easy and delicious homemade Christmas gift. Marzipan is mixed with powdered sugar and ground hazelnuts to form a soft, sweet candy center. Then, your homemade truffle is dipped in melted chocolate and topped with more roasted and ground hazelnuts. Absolutely divine! If you want to try making homemade candy you could also try my maple walnut truffle recipe.
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Homemade Candy is the Best Christmas Gift!
Every year for the last 15 years I have made homemade candy at Christmas. This is not a small undertaking and by the end of my week-long candy-making frenzy I end up with about 40 pounds of candy. Yes, that is a LOT of homemade candy!
This year I am making 17 different kinds ranging from homemade caramels to Kahlua truffles. My all-time favorite candy is one that I just started making a few years ago called the Hazelnut Marzipan ball. It has only a few ingredients, although you might have to look around for them a bit.
I had a lot of trouble finding hazelnuts and one year had to order 6 bags from Amazon. That was 5 bags too many so we ate a lot of hazelnuts over the next few months! If you want to try your hand at this homemade candy recipe, I have included a few affiliate links for items you might need.
Making this hazelnut candy recipe
Those up there are hazelnuts. You might also see them called filberts still in the shell. Often, you will find them already shelled with a skin on them that you have to rub off after you toast them.
It isn’t hard to do at all! Just throw the nuts on a cookie sheet, and bake them in a 350-degree oven for 5 to 10 minutes to toast them. You will start to smell them a bit and they will get shiny with oil. Then, take them out of the oven, dump them on a clean hand towel and rub them really firmly. The skins will rub off and you will be left with toasted hazelnuts.
I found these hazelnuts at Whole Foods and some kind soul had already deskinned them so I was happy to skip that step and just roasted them for a few minutes in the oven to add a bit of flavor. If you have trouble finding them, you can buy hazelnuts on Amazon.
What is marzipan?
Marzipan is a very sweet dough made from sugar and almonds. It is unbelievably heavenly stuff and I have seriously considered just sitting down and eating the entire roll!
You can find it in a few good-sized grocery stores or buy marzipan on Amazon. This stuff, mixed with toasted hazelnuts, powdered sugar and Frangelico (a Hazelnut liquor) is all you need to make the center for this homemade candy.
Making Homemade Candy
If you have any questions about this recipe, please leave me a comment and I will try to help. I have been making candy for so long that I forget what it is like to try it for the first time and not know what you are doing.
Good luck, these are heavenly and homemade candy makes a wonderful gift! If you really want to get into homemade candy making, check out Candyland Crafts for supplies.
Homemade Candy: Hazelnut Marzipan Balls
These hazelnut truffles are easy to make by using storebought marzipan. With a splash of Frangelico and a bit of powdered sugar, you will find that these homemade truffles are an easy gift or holiday dessert recipe. And if you love making homemade desserts, check out my gingerbread truffles or my healthy peanut butter cup recipe.
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar (plus more for dusting)
- 3 rolls (8 ounces each) of marzipan
- 1 1/2 cups ground and toasted hazelnuts (plus more for sprinkling on top)
- 4 TBSP Frangelico
- melted chocolate coating for dipping (do not use real chocolate unless you temper it! You want chocolate 'bark' or 'coating' like you find in a craft store!)
- Into a heavy mixer place the powdered sugar, marzipan, ground hazelnuts, and Frangelico. If you do not have a mixer they can be kneaded by hand like a bread dough but it will take a bit of muscle! Use powdered sugar for dusting if you are kneading on a counter or cutting board.
- If your dough seems overly wet and sticky, add enough powdered sugar so you can pinch off small pieces and roll into 1 1/2 inch balls
- Place all of your rolled up balls of center on waxed paper.
- When all of the dough is rolled, melt the chocolate coating in the microwave on LOW (important!) or in a double boiler,
- Once the chocolate is melted, dip each center in melted chocolate and place onto a new piece of wax paper. This sometimes takes a while to get a good technique. I HIGHLY recommend a dipping spoon like they sell at most major craft stores! It only costs a few dollars but will save you a ton of work and make your candy look much prettier!
- As you dip the candies, sprinkle the tops with leftover ground toasted hazelnuts.
- Let firm up for about an hour.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature. They should be fine for a couple of weeks.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 58Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 1g
Nutrition information not always accurate
Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire and has worked in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging and freelance writing to share this knowledge with others. Learn more about her HERE.