Bethmännchen is German pastry originated in Frankfurt. Bethmännchen are baked for Christmas, and you can buy them on Frankfurts Christmas Market. The legend says that this cookie was developed for Simon Moritz Bethmann (a wealthy banker from Frankfurt) in 1838 who had four children; therefore the pastry was decorated with four almond halves. After the death of his son Heinrich until now the cookies are decorated only with three almond halves. The recipe hasn’t been changed since that time.
Therefore today we will show you how to bake Bethmännchen! It’s easy – you need marzipan, almonds, powdered sugar, flour, and egg.
This recipe, similar to the Vanillekipferl recipe I have tried for the first time with Katharina – my husband’s sister. She knew how to do them entirely, so I decided to help her and see how is she doing it. The Bethmännchen turn out delicious, and this encouraged me to bake them myself again. Now I have even German Christmas cookies covered!
I hope you will enjoy this recipe, exactly like the German people did for more than one century!

Traditional Frankfurts Bethmännchen


  • 250 g marzipan
  • 80 g sugar powdered
  • 40 g flour
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 65 g ground almonds
  • 50 g almond halfs
  • 1 tbsp water


  1. Mix in one bowl marzipan, powdered sugar, flour, ground almonds and eg white.
  2. Form small bowls from the dough and decorate each one with 3 almond halfs.
  3. Mix water with egg yolk and pinsel them before baking.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes at 150.

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