Regional specialities from Hessen

Frankfurter Bethmännchen

Next to the Frankfurt green sauce, the Bethmännchen are probably the best known speciality of the city of Frankfurt am Main. They are marzipan chocolates decorated with almonds. Originally a Christmas biscuit, it is now available all year round from confectioners. Or you can just venture into the recipe yourself.


About the origin of the name: The story says that the cook of the councillor’s family Bethmann created these marzipan balls for tea. The 3 almonds indicate the 3 sons. More information can be found here.

Bethmännchen Marzipangebäck

Recipe Bethmaennchen

It pays to make them yourself – they are quick to make and delicious when they are fresh.
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Course: sweets
Cuisine: Hessen
Keyword: sweet
Difficulty: Experienced
Resting time: 12 hours
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 10 pieces

Ingredients & Shopping list

  • 200 g marzipan
  • 1/2 egg white
  • 20 g fine sugar (e.g. Viennese sugar) 
  • Rose water (from the pharmacy)
  • 50 g halved almonds


  • Knead the marzipan paste, rose water and 15 g sugar. Add as much rose water drop by drop until a smooth dough is formed.
  • Roll out the dough to a thickness of about 2 cm. Cut into equal cubes and form the individual pieces into balls.
  • Slightly moisten the almond halves and place 3 of each on the Bethmännchen. Place the pieces on a baking sheet. Let dry overnight.
  • The next day, mix the egg white with the remaining sugar and brush the marzipan pieces with it.
  • Preheat the oven to 100°C. Bake everything until the tops are lightly browned. This will take about 15 minutes. To keep the bottom heat off a bit, place a second baking sheet under the first.

Tips & Hints

Let the Bethmännchen cool down and pack them in a tin, eat them immediately or make a gift out of them.
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