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Frankfurter Bethmännchen

What would Christmas in Frankfurt be without the delicious Frankfurt Bethmännchen. But often the appetite for this delicious delicacy is already lost when you are confronted with the prices for a few Bethmännchen at the various regional Christmas markets. So why not just bake some yourself? Anyone who has ever tried their hand at making Bethmännchen will have quickly discovered that their own never taste the same as those that are available beautifully packaged at the Christmas markets. This is primarily due to the fact that there are dozens of different recipe variations for the Bethmännchen, similar to the Frankfurter Grie Sooß, some of which differ only minimally from each other in preparation, but each time lead to a different taste result.So this is also only one of several possible Bethmännchen recipes, but just try it out. Delicious will be your Bethmännchen then all!!!


- For about 20 Bethmännchen you need:

- 250 g marzipan paste

- 50 g almonds (flaked)

- 1 tbsp rose water (you can get it at any pharmacy)

- 1 egg yolk

- 100 g fine icing sugar


First knead the marzipan thoroughly with the icing sugar and the rose water. Then form from this mass balls of a diameter of about 2 cm. Then place these balls on a baking tray (preferably on baking paper, or grease the baking tray beforehand). While you preheat the oven to 200 - 220 degrees, brush the balls with the egg yolk, which you should whisk before.

Now press three almond halves into each ball and then bake the Bethmännchen for 7 - 8 minutes. Do not leave the Bethmännchen in the oven for too long as they will burn very quickly. Take the tray out of the oven and let the treats cool down a bit - and the Bethmännchen are ready. By the way, the name comes from the Bethmann family in Frankfurt. The wife of the city councillor Simon von Bethmann made this delicious pastry presentable in the 19th century. The almonds on the side of the Bethmännchen stood for her sons. After one of the four Bethmann sons died young in 1845, the four almonds became only three. This has remained so to this day.