How To Make Almond Paste

by Kate on March 13, 2013

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If you’re a baker and well, you’re reading my blog so I’m guessing you have at least a fondness for desserts and baking. But seriously, as a baker or dessert maker I’m sure you’ve at least once have encountered a recipe that calls for almond paste. If you’re like me, you’ve then made an ingredient list and trekked out to the grocery to retrieve said ingredients. Do you recall how much you paid for that little can of almond paste? $9.00? $10.00? Probably somewhere in that neighborhood. Essentially we’re paying $1.00 per ounce for that little can! That’s pretty crazy.

Here’s the thing. I’m realizing more and more that when I make things from scratch, I can save money. Just look at the math I was telling you about recently with baking your own bread! It’s pretty astounding how much money you can save. Almond paste is another one of those things where we are being robbed. I kid you not. In the past, I never even considered how much I was paying for almond paste. I never gave a second thought to simply picking up that can, placing it in my basket and carrying on.

I could absolutely see the expense of almond paste if it were labor intensive to make or if it required a lot of ingredients. Get this! Almond paste takes about 5 minutes to make and requires only 4 ingredients. Of those 4 ingredients you probably have everything on hand except maybe the almonds. I used almond meal to make mine and bought that bag for about the same amount at one small 10 ounce can of almond paste and I was able to make 3 batches of almond paste from that bag. Cha-ching! Money saved.

After making my own I realized that we as consumers, we’ve been duped! We’ve been suckered into paying high prices for a little can of something that we can quickly, easily make ourselves for a fraction of the cost. You know what the best part is? I bet you can guess because I think this rings true for anything made  from scratch with the love and care. Homemade almond paste tastes better than the canned stuff! It’s not smooth like almond paste out of a can or a tube but it’s more fragrant and has much more almond essence to it. I also feel great knowing that there are no preservatives or strange ingredients in this almond paste. So next time you need almond paste, give this a try! It’s so easy to make and the flavor is far superior to something out of a can.



Homemade Almond Paste Recipe

5 minutes

Yield: about 1 1/2 cups

Homemade Almond Paste Recipe

Quick, easy to make almond paste from scratch using only 4 ingredients!


  • 1 1/3 cup ground almonds
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest


  1. In a food processor, pulse the ground almonds and granulated sugar for 1-2 minutes. Add the egg and lemon zest. Process until smooth. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. If not using immediately, almond paste can be kept covered in the refrigerator, in an airtight container for 1 week or can be frozen up to 3 months.


Homemade almond paste will not be as smooth as a commercial brand.

{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet March 13, 2013 at 11:21 am

This is so fun! Pinning for the future! Thanks for sharing, Kate!!


Kate March 14, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Enjoy Anna! I loved it. It tasted even better than the store bought kinds. And SO easy!


Kristen March 13, 2013 at 12:22 pm

I love this! I am going to try it with coconut sugar or erythritol for a low glycemic version!


Kate March 14, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Great! Hope you like it Kristen! And what a good idea, I think I’ll try coconut sugar the next time around.


ChristineM March 13, 2013 at 1:10 pm

ya know, I am confused…. I see the cans of almond pie filling, which is very moist and somewhat loose, and then the almond past in the tube, which is very hard and crumbly. Which is which?


Kate March 14, 2013 at 1:44 pm

Almond pie filling usually has a difference consistency, not as thick as almond paste. It usually has corn syrup, sugar, water, almonds and evaporated milk in it. Almond paste is usually thicker, more pasty. It’s only made with almonds, sugar and eggs. You can use almond paste as part of a filling in a pie but you’d need to add other things to it to change its consistency, like I did with the Blood Orange Almond Tart. Hope that helps to clarify things a bit!


ChristineM March 14, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Thanks Kate! that tube stuff can get expensive for sure, glad you posted this!


Jamie March 13, 2013 at 2:02 pm

I love almond paste and it is really used a lot in French pastry. I must have made it before but thanks for the recipe and for reminding me to make it – and use it more often!


Kate March 14, 2013 at 1:45 pm

You’re so very welcome Jamie! Happy to have jogged your memory. I loved making it from scratch and really enjoyed the flavor so much more than cans or tubes of almond paste that I’ve purchased in the past.


Deb March 13, 2013 at 6:51 pm

Great post! I adore baking with almond paste but the store bought is sooo expensive!


Kate March 14, 2013 at 1:48 pm

It really IS expensive! I just don’t understand why either. Enjoy!


Holly March 13, 2013 at 10:35 pm

Wow- it never occurred to me that I could make almond paste at home. recently I passed over a recipe because it called for almond paste and I didn’t have any at home. Thanks for this info!


Kate March 14, 2013 at 1:52 pm

I’ve had the very same experience! So I decided to give it a go and loved the results!! Hope you do too Holly.


kelly @ kellybakes March 13, 2013 at 11:59 pm

I’m having a “duh!” moment because I’ve always balked at the ungodly price of almond paste, yet Trader Joe’s sells blanched, sliced almonds for super cheap. Why have I not thought to do this?! I am so very very glad you posted this, Kate! Thanks!


Kate March 14, 2013 at 1:53 pm

You’re welcome Kelly! I hope you enjoy it if you give it a try. It’s so easy to make and definitely less expensive. I can’t quite figure out why the store bought brands are so expensive.


Meera March 14, 2013 at 11:59 pm

What a great idea! Store bought are so expensive, this looks so good and fresh.


Katie March 15, 2013 at 8:49 am

Confused recipe says ground almonds. Does she mean almond meal/flour? Or blanched almonds we ground ourself?


Kate March 15, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Hi Katie! Sorry for the confusion. You can use almond meal or you can certainly use balanced, skinless almonds and grind them yourself. I’ve done it both ways by using almond meal cuts out a step since the almonds are already ground. Enjoy!


Barb | Creative Culinary March 15, 2013 at 11:05 am

Ahem. You beat me to the punch; I have a post in draft for the same thing. Mostly because I made something the other day and a friend was AMAZED that I made my own allmond paste and equally AMAZED at how good it taste. Sometimes I take for granted that everyone does their own ‘stuff’ but then I think of how many years I used storebought and know that you have now provided a much needed community service! 🙂


Kate March 15, 2013 at 8:46 pm

Ha! I think it’s so funny sometimes how you and I are on the exact same wavelength at the same time. Like the banana crepes not too long ago! Great minds think alike. I’ll be looking forward to your post. I think a post like this is such a great resource because sometimes people don’t realize just how easy it is to make something so expensive at home themselves. And YES!! It is amazing how much better it tastes too.


Sherry K - Jazzy Gourmet March 16, 2013 at 11:21 am

I’m with you, sister—homemade is always better! And in this case, as you stated, it takes FIVE minutes to whip up something that is much cheaper and fresher than the canned variety. Plus, you can control the portion that you make so that you don’t have tons leftover. It’s a win-win!


Kate March 16, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Yes! I agree! And love the portion control too. No waste.


Yaddy March 16, 2013 at 11:43 pm

Always make it myself, we can’t get the store bought stuff, so it left me no choice….make it a lot! love it! Could eat it all and every day!


Kate March 17, 2013 at 8:27 pm

Love your enthusiasm for homemade almond paste! I feel the same way Yaddy.


Terra March 20, 2013 at 11:09 pm

Okay, this is AWESOME! I always avoid buying almond paste, because it is way too expensive for that little can. Thank you for sharing this lovely recipe, I definitely need to pin it now:-). Hugs, Terra


Kate March 24, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Hope you enjoy it Terra! It’s so quick and easy to make.


Brenda April 30, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Thank you for posting this – I can not wait to make it for my pignoli cookies.


diana December 14, 2013 at 4:44 pm

This came out divine,thanks so much!


Dottie Wine December 14, 2014 at 12:37 am

I don’t have a lemon but do have an orange. Could I substitute grated orange rind?


Kate December 14, 2014 at 12:08 pm

It will definitely change the flavor but the consistency would still be the same. So I say, give it a try and see what happens! But if you’re looking for that classic almond paste flavor a lemon is the way to go. If you try the orange, let me know how it turns out!


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