Mazapan – Easy Homemade Recipe

Enjoy making this easy Mazapan recipe at home! This crumbly, sweet & delicious Mexican candy only requires two ingredients: peanuts & confectioners sugar.

A stack on mazapan on a white plate on a blue background
Mazapan is the classic Mexican peanut butter candy.

Mazapanes are a very popular candy in Mexico and they are a huge part of our culture. It is so popular that even has its own national food day! January 12th – Dia Del Mazapan.

This Mexican peanut butter candy is exported to all over the world due to its popularity but lucky for us, is also very easy to make at home. The recipe comes together in 10 minutes by grounding roasted peanuts and powdered sugar using a food processor.

round peanut candies on a white marble board

Ingredients

Don’t you love it when you have a favorite candy and you discover you can make it at home? Homemade is always better!! You know exactly what goes in them plus they’re free of preservatives which are never good for you.

  • 1 1/2 cup roasted unsalted peanuts
  • 1 cup Powder sugar for a more firm texture.
  • Melted Chocolate (optional)
Ingredients on a blue background: peanuts (no shell) and powdered sugar on ceramic bowls

How To Make Mazapan

The most popular brand is “De La Rosa’ Mazapan and their new flavor is covered in chocolate. I had them not too long ago, and I knew right then I had to make them myself! It tastes so good and I think you need to try them too 😉

  1. In a food processor (preferred method) or blender, add the 1 1/2 cup of peanuts and the 1 cup confectioners sugar. Puree until you reach a fine and powdery texture.
Grounding peanuts and powdered sugar in a food processor

2. Scoop the ground peanut mixture to a cookie mold and begin pressing it down with your fingers, the back of a spatula or spoon.


Don’t be afraid to press very hard! The more compact the mixture is the better it’ll keep its form.

3. Remove them very gently as they break very easily. Tip: Push from the sides of the mold and not from the center. Do it a little bit at the time to avoid braking it.

Placing ground peanuts in a cookie cutter

Mazapan’s shape is traditionally round and it comes wrapped in a clear plastic paper. The goal is to always open the wrap without crumbling the candy since it has a very fragile texture.

You can pat yourself on the back if you open it and it’s whole!

The easiest mold to use is a cookie cutter or even a small mason jar lid (with a removable top). Use whatever shape you want it to look like and have fun with it! Make them into a heart, star, square or whatever you have at hand.

However, the round mold is easier to use as it doesn’t have any corners and will be easier to un-mold once you press it down.

A stack on mazapan on a white plate on a blue background

FAQ

What is the difference between marzipan and mazapan?

Marzipan is more of a sweet paste (similar to fondant), made with ground almonds, powdered sugar, almond extract and egg white. The predominant flavor is almond. Mazapan on the other hand, is made with grounded peanuts & powdered sugar only. It tastes more like Reese’s peanut butter cup and used as a candy and not as a paste.

What flavor is Mazapan?

The traditional flavor is peanut although you can also make it with pistachios, almonds or any other nut high in fat.

Is Mazapan vegan?

Yes it is! The ingredients are only peanuts and powdered sugar. No animal products are used to make this recipe.

A stack on mazapan on a white plate on a blue background

Easy Mazapan Recipe

Servings 7 mazapan
Ana Frias
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Enjoy making this easy Mazapan recipe at home! This crumbly, sweet & delicious Mexican candy only requires two ingredients: peanuts & confectioners sugar.

Equipment

  • Food processor or blender
7 mazapan

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ½  cups roasted unsalted peanuts
  • 1 cup Powder sugar for a more firm texture.

Instructions
 

  • In a food processor (preferred method) or blender, add the 1 ½ cup of peanuts and the 1 cup confectioners sugar. Puree until you reach a fine and powdery texture.
  • Scoop the ground peanut mixture to a cookie mold and begin pressing it down with your fingers, the back of a spatula or spoon.
  • Don't be afraid to press very hard! The more compact the mixture is the better it'll keep its form.
  • Remove them very gently as they break very easily. Tip: Push from the sides of the mold and not from the center. Do it a little bit at the time to avoid braking it.

*Ana’s Notes:

Store in an airtight container or individually in plastic wrap.
Makes about 7 round mazapanes @ 2.25″ 

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NUTRITION

Serving: 1mazapan | Sodium: 114mg | Sugar: 18g | Fiber: 2g | Calories: 250kcal | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Fat: 16g | Protein: 8g | Carbohydrates: 23g

The nutritional information and US conversions are calculated automatically. I cannot guarantee the accuracy of this data. If this is important to you, please verify with your favourite nutrition calculator and/or unit conversion tool.

Close up image of a mazapan

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  1. 5 stars
    Perfect! Just like I remember. My dad loves these little treats and he introduced them to me when I was a little kid. He’s super happy that I can now make my own at home! Thank you for sharing this classic.

  2. I made these and tried it with different nuts as well and gave them out as little christmas gifts! I loved it and never knew how easy it would be! thank you for the recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness! My teens are going to flip when I tell them I found this recipe! Mazapan is one of my daughter’s favorite Mexican treats. I can’t wait to make these!

  4. 5 stars
    Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe. I love easy desserts like this. I am looking forward to making it.