Bethmännchen from Frankfurt

The Bethmännchen are marzipan biscuits that were originally only available at Christmas time. The name goes back to the banking family Bethmann, who lived in Frankfurt am Main and whose French chef, the master confectioner Jean Paul Gautenier, is said to have created this sweet at the beginning of the 19th century. The Bethmann family had four sons. After one of the sons died, legend has it that the pastry was only topped with three halves of almonds instead of the original four.

Duration: approx. 45 minutes

Amount: 1 baking tray


500 grams of marzipan raw mass

160 grams of icing sugar

80 grams of flour

2 egg whites

130 grams of ground almonds

Whole almonds

2 egg yolks

1 tablespoon of water


1. Knead the marzipan, icing sugar, flour, egg whites and ground almonds.

2. Form small balls and place them on a greased baking tray.

3. Press three halved almonds vertically against the ball.

4. Beat the egg yolks with the water and brush the Bethmännchen with it.

5. Bake in the preheated oven at 150 ° C for 15 minutes on the middle rail.

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