15 Festive Marzipan Treats and #TheFoodCalendar December 2016

It’s time to let you know what’s in The Food Calendar for December (warning – there’s not a lot, let’s face it everyone’s thinking about Christmas food right now!). I wanted to share some recipes with a bit of a festive theme this month so I’ve chosen a selection featuring one of my favourite Christmas ingredients…marzipan.

Some of these have been specifically made for Christmas and some are a little more “year-round” but I think all of them would make a brilliant festive treat.

15 Festive Marzipan Treats


Gingered Fruit Cake with Rustic Decorations from Domestic Gothess

Stollen from Only Crumbs Remain

Marzipan & Pistachio Cardamon Buns from Baking Queen 74


Marzipan Pigs from Red Ted Art

Marzipan & Cherry Cake from Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen

Farmhouse Fruit Cake from Mummy Mishaps


Chocolate Covered Marzipan Christmas Stars from Gluten Free Alchemist

Marzipan cakes with Blueberry Maple Syrup & Toasted Coconut from Cate in the Kitchen

Mince Pies with Marzipan from Only Crumbs Remain

Spiced Apple Cupcakes from Free From Fairy (Gluten Free, Dairy Free & Low Sugar)

Plum, Apple & Almond Tart Tatin from Foodie Quine

Christmas Scones from Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen

Cranberry & Marzipan Christmas Star from Tales from the Kitchen Shed

Marzipan, Cherry & Orange Blossom Soda Bread from Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen


Spiced Plum & Marzipan Braid from Domestic Gothess

What’s on in December 2016?

Events in #TheFoodCalendar for December 2016 - Christmas and New Year's Eve

25 December – Christmas Day

31 December – New Year’s Eve

If you’re tweeting or instagramming about any of these events then don’t forget to use the #TheFoodCalendar hashtag.

Add your recipes to #TheFoodCalendar

If you’re a food blogger then I’d love you to come and share your recipes for the events in the calendar this month.

You can…

  1. Add your post(s) to the linky at the bottom of this page.
  2. Share a post/picture/thought about any of the events using hashtag #TheFoodCalendar on Twitter and/or Instagram (you can also tag me @CharlotteLK on Twitter and @charlotteslivelykitchen on Instagram if you like).
  3. Pin your post to my dedicated #TheFoodCalendar Pinterest board – to join the board make sure you’re following me (as it won’t work otherwise) and then leave your Pinterest ID in the comments and I’ll add you.

Old and new posts welcome, but please try and avoid adding posts that have already been added in previous months.

Once you’ve done that then go and share the love with some of the other bloggers joining in – comment on some of the other links, like/retweet on Twitter, heart/comment on Instagram or Repin some pins from the Pinterest board. I’ll be reading, tweeting and commenting on all the posts shared.

You’re also more that welcome to add the #TheFoodCalendar badge to your posts to let others know all about it (you’ll find the code at the bottom of this post).

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By linking up your posts you’re giving me permission to use an image from the post in future roundups (with credit and a link back) and also to share the post with an image on social media. If you don’t want me to do either of these then just let me know in the comments.

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If you’d like to add the #TheFoodCalendar badge to your post, simply copy the code below into the text editor of your post (any problems, let me know and I’ll do my best to help).

If you’d prefer to use a nofollow version of the badge then here’s the code for you…

Before I go…

I’ve been busy adding new events into the calendar so make sure you take a look and see what’s new.


  1. Hi Charlotte. Wow what a selection, I need to sit down and read through all of these, so many delicious looking things. I have linked up another Christmas recipe – all butter luxury mince pies. Merry Christmas everyone!! xx

  2. Hi Charlotte, A fab round up of recipes here! I just linked up our all time favourite mince pie recipe, Nigella Lawson’s Frangipane Mince Pies. Would also love to join your #foodcalendar Pinterest board, have followed it and left a comment on a couple of recipes there. Merry Christmas, Gillian.

  3. What delicious recipes! I love all of the marzipan treats. Thank you for hosting and merry Christmas x

  4. Oh my!!! Everything looks amazing… that Spiced Plum & Marzipan Braid from Domestic Gothess… wow! Too bad i cannot reach into the computer screen. Some truly inspirational recipes. Thanks again Charlotte 🙂

  5. Just linked up lovely alternative to a big roast turkey – great for smaller families or those who want a stress free Christmas (like me!) It’s a total doddle to make and is ready in an hour. Hooray!! #easypeasychristmas here I come 🙂 Eb x

  6. Ok so I will admit it – I REALLY do not like marzipan !!! :O Shocking I know! But Oh my stars these recipes look amazing!! I love the list of events for this month! x

  7. What a delicious round up Charlotte – it really is marzipan heaven. Thanks for including my Cranberry Star. Could I join the Pinterest board too? I left a message on one of your pins but wasn’t sure it worked. My Pinterest ID is https://uk.pinterest.com/SarahJames456/
    Thanks x

  8. I just tried to comment, and I think it may have got lost 🙁

    I shan’t repeat myself, other than to say that all that marzipan is my idea of Heaven!

    (By the way, could I please join your Pinterest board? My Pinterest is – https://www.pinterest.com/yums0me/ . Thanks!)

  9. I feel like the proverbial dog with four lamp posts… all that marzipan – I’m in Heaven! I can eat all the things, right? 😉

  10. Wow that gingered fruit cake from Domestic Gothess is a true thing of beauty, I love love love the rustic decorations. I have linked up my 3D Christmas tree. It was my first time using fondant icing, what a lovely product to work with. Cant wait to have a read of everyone’s xmas bakes. Chonnie xx

    • It is isn’t it, she’s very talented!

      I love using fondant, it’s great to get the chance to be really creative with it.

  11. Just linked up my gin brined chicken as it would also make a great brine for a Christmas Turkey too (though this chicken was so lovely, I’d be quite happy to have it on Christmas Day!) Eb x

  12. Ooh heck Charlotte, I really shouldn’t sit on this page for sooo ong all of those enticing marzipan recipes have me drooling – I absolutely love marzipan just like you! It’s it’s absolute torture when it comes to decorating the cake each year ensuring I don’t start eating the stuff before the cake is covered! Once I start eating it, I can’t stop! Thank you for including mine 🙂
    Angela x

  13. Ha ha! That is a sparse list of events! I’m sure the lack of quantity of events to choose from will be more than made up for with quality!
    Thanks for including my marzipan stars in your treat round up xx

    • Yep, not great if you’re not into festive cooking 🙂

      Those stars were right up the top of my list to include, they look delicious x

  14. Such a gorgeous roundup! Sorry I couldn’t give you anything this month – turns out Easy Peasy Foodie is a totally marzipan free zone. Lusting after some of those gorgeous bakes though – that Spiced Plum & Marzipan Braid from Domestic Gothess in particular! Just linked up 3 of mine for Christmas 🙂 Eb x

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