Dark Chocolate Brownies with Marizipan

It’s holiday baking season!  I adore marzipan but do not have the patience or talent to form it into tiny, painted fruits.  Putting it into brownies, however, is easy and delicious.  I added almond meal to the brownie base and they ended up dense, moist, and fabulous.  If you make these you will love me, curse me, or both.  They are kind of hard to stop eating.

For the pieces of yummy marzipan embedded in the brownies I used a couple of bars of Ritter Sport Dark Chocolate with Marzipan, which is one of my favorite candies, ever.  I broke up the bars and stirred them in the finished batter and they create these wonderful pockets of almond essence.

So, so good.  The almond meal makes them a bit more crumbly in texture, which was lovely.  They are beautifully moist, as well.

Dark Chocolate Brownies with Marzipan
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup almond meal (finely ground almonds/almond flour)
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1/3 walnut or neutral vegetable oil
1 cup sugar (or 3/4 cup honey)
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 3.5-ounce bars Ritter Sport Dark Chocolate with Marzipan, broken into squares

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Oil a 9-by-15 inch baking pan.

In a small mixing bowl, stir together the flour, almond meal, cocoa, baking powder, and salt.

In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar until incorporated.  Beat in the eggs one at a time, then the vanilla.  Mix in the dry ingredients until just combined.  Stir in the Ritter Sport pieces and spoon the batter into the prepared baking pan.  Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the sides start to pull away and the center is set.  Cool completely before cutting into small squares.

Thanks for reading,


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15 Responses to Dark Chocolate Brownies with Marizipan

  1. Cathy W December 4, 2011 at 11:56 pm #

    Ohhh. Yum. My dad used to make all of those little painted fruits you speak of…the Dutch love their almond paste. These look divine! I just bought a big bag of almonds so I could try my own almond paste to use in a Dutch stollen…who knows if I'll get to it. I may have to try these in the mean time. 🙂

  2. Angela December 5, 2011 at 12:10 am #

    Oh how I love stollen!

  3. Curt December 5, 2011 at 12:11 am #

    Very tasty looking. I have two potlucks coming for the holidays. I just might have to try this.

  4. linda December 5, 2011 at 3:15 am #

    These look soooooooo good! But dangerous!!! (o;

  5. 5 Star Foodie December 5, 2011 at 12:09 pm #

    Totally decadent brownies, awesome with Marzipan!

  6. Karen Harris December 5, 2011 at 1:33 pm #

    What a great idea. No only do these look fabulous but your photos are just beautiful.

  7. Shawn December 5, 2011 at 4:45 pm #

    Love creamy almond marzipan, I can only imagine how delicious the Ritter bar is within that rich brownie! Love at first sight 🙂

  8. Regina December 5, 2011 at 8:06 pm #

    Hi Angela, Those look really good. I would need a gallon of milk with that though….Yum!

  9. Bo December 6, 2011 at 3:01 am #

    These sound swesome! I would have never thought to use the chocolate bar with marzipan in it.

  10. Angela December 6, 2011 at 3:50 am #

    Thanks all! They are pretty dangerous, yes. I did cut them into tiny little squares (but then ate extra squares…)

  11. DaniD December 7, 2011 at 1:35 pm #

    Those sound delicious! I have never even seen that kind of chocolate bar before and I can't wait to try them 🙂 I believe these are going to be the STAR of my Christmas platter!

  12. Yummy Mummy December 9, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    Woah! I love marzipan and chocolate. Why have I never had it in brownies!? Amazing!

    Have a great weekend and come visit me if you get a chance!


  13. Loveforfood December 10, 2011 at 3:48 am #

    awesome! i love dark chocolate. it sure taste well.

  14. The Foodie Physician December 10, 2011 at 5:44 pm #

    What a great idea- these look delicious! My husband loves marzipan, I'll have to try these out.

  15. Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything} December 12, 2011 at 3:43 pm #

    oh my goodness, these look so good Angela. I love the Ritter chocolate, yum!!

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