Almond Paste

Cuisinart original

Almond paste is an ingredient frequently found in cookies, cakes and pastries. Here is a homemade version, so simple to make in your food processor.


Makes about 1½ cups, 1 pound


1½         cups blanched almonds*

1½         cups  confectioners’ sugar,

               plus more for dusting

1            tablespoon honey

2            tablespoons water

1           teaspoon  pure  almond  extract

¼          teaspoon kosher salt

Nutritional information

Nutritional information per serving (2 tablespoons): Calories 173 (47% from fat) • carb. 20g • pro. 4g • fat 10g sat. fat 1g • chol. 0mg • sod. 51mg • calc. 43mg • fiber 0g


Active Time: 10 minutes (35 in total if blanching almonds)


Inactive Time: 5 minutes


  1. Insert the chopping blade into the work bowl of the food processor. Add the almonds and pulse about 4 times to break up, and then process on High until finely ground, about 30 seconds. Add the remaining ingredients and allow to process, on High, until very well mixed. The goal is to get the mixture as finely ground and dough-like as possible.
  2. Lightly dust a clean work surface with confectioners’ sugar. Knead the almond paste a few times into the sugar and then wrap well in plastic wrap. Store at room temperature for up to 1 week. If not using for some time, store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month (bring to room temperature before using).

*You can purchase blanched almonds, but those can be pricey, and they are not readily available in all stores. You can easily blanch your own almonds at home by following these few simple steps: 1. Put whole almonds (raw) into a heatproof mixing bowl.
2. Bring about 3 to 4 cups of water to a boil and then pour the boiling water over the almonds. Allow to sit for exactly 1 minute – no more than that or the almonds will be too soft.
3. Immediately drain into a colander or strainer and then rinse and cool with cold water. Return the almonds back to the empty mixing bowl. The skins of the almonds should be shriveled. Using your fingers, rub the almonds and the skins should easily come off. Discard the skins.