These four-ingredient, no-bake treats are sweet and nutty. They're also sturdy enough to withstand packing and shipping.

Makes 40 pieces


  • 2 1/2 rolls (7 ounces each) almond paste, broken into pieces
  • 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 40 pecan halves


Place the almond paste and powdered sugar in an electric mixer with a paddle and beat until combined. Add the corn syrup and continue to beat until well combined. (If your mixer can’t hold that much, work with half of each ingredient at a time.) Turn out onto a clean work surface and knead the marzipan until a smooth dough forms. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Use a tablespoon to scoop out portions of the marzipan. Roll into balls and pop onto the baking sheet. Firmly press a pecan into the corner of each ball. Set aside for 4 hours, or until firm.

Copyright © 2012 by Kim McCosker from 4 Ingredients Christmas published by Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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