Be sure to use almond paste and not almond filling or almond marzipan when making these. Each of those has other ingredients in them. Almond paste is made of almonds, sugar and almond extract with water to hold it all together. It is very smooth and is used to make marzipan which in turn is used in Europe to cover wedding cakes and make shaped candies or candy centers.
It is possible to make your own almond paste and several methods can be found on the internet. At the bottom of the article several sites are given if you are so inclined. Because we made a lot of these at the bakery we used pre-made almond paste and I still do. Several consumer brands are available in my area, the largest being Solo Pure Almond Paste and Odense Pure Almond Paste. Continue reading