I’m trying to find a substitute for almond paste in a cookie recipe. Does anyone have any suggestion for what I could use?

This is a cookie recipe that calls for 8 ounces of almond paste. The recipe divides the batter into 3 equal parts and you add different food coloring to each. after baking in a 13/9 you layer the cookies putting raspberry and apricot jam between the layers, and then top with Chocolate. I like the almond flavoring, so I suppose my question is how do I make my own almond paste? Thanks for any help.

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    What quantity of almond paste is in your recipe?
    – KatieK
    Commented Dec 18, 2012 at 19:12
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    Can you tell us a little more about the cookie recipe? Might help folks come up with a suitable substitute.
    – JoeFish
    Commented Dec 18, 2012 at 20:27
  • Can you define what you mean by substitute? Are you looking for something other than almonds, or something still containing almonds? Almond paste in its basic form is ground almonds and the same quantity of sugar with a binding agent such as egg white, cream, water etc. From there you can create whatever paste you wanted to use. Commented Dec 18, 2012 at 22:10
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    To clarify the other questions -- (a) how is the almond paste used in the recipe (eg, if it were chocolate, melting & mixing in is completely different than stirring in chunks); (b) what are you reasons for the substitution (are you trying to avoid all nuts, don't like the flavor, or is it just something you're having trouble finding (or at a reasonable cost)?)
    – Joe
    Commented Dec 18, 2012 at 22:43
  • Welcome to Seasoned Advice! We like to keep questions and answers separated here. If you forgot to mention something in your question, you can just edit it so everybody sees all the info in one place. This time I copied your additional information into your question for you.
    – rumtscho
    Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 17:23

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The most common substitute is persipan - a paste made from apricot kernels. It has less taste than almond paste itself, but you can add artificial almond flavoring. I don't know where you live, but in some countries, this combination is easier to find in the supermarket than real almond paste.


How to make almond paste?

Start with good quality raw almonds. Blanch, grind, cook with up to equal weight sugar in a pot with a bit of water to get started. Stir frequently. When it pulls away from sides and sugar is melted in, done. Add bitter almond flavor to taste.


Some folks find mixing ground almond and powdered sugar with liquid an acceptable paste.


Almond paste has no known substitute, that would not radically alter the taste of the dish. You could try cashew nut or peanut butter (paste), but the flavor profile is nothing like almond.

  • What about adding almond extract to one of those?
    – Cascabel
    Commented Dec 20, 2012 at 15:28

How about almond butter made with melted butter, raw Agave, almond extract to make something GF and sugar=free? I'm going to try it in King Arthur Flour's recipe called Almond Clouds.

  • The world does not know what "King Arthur Flour's recipe called Almond Clouds" is - please add a link. Also, if you 'are going to try it', wouldn't you better wait with an answer until you know it works?
    – user34961
    Commented Dec 5, 2017 at 9:49
  • I think we can keep this as an answer, as Laura suggests a mixture to be used instead of almond butter. She might not yet be sure that it will work, but this is not a requirement for a post to be considered "an answer". The others can express their expectation that it will or will not work through up- and downvotes as usual.
    – rumtscho
    Commented Dec 5, 2017 at 15:22

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