This mulberry marzipan candy is a Persian sweet known as “Toot”. It is super tasty, easy, vegan, gluten free and a no-bake treat made with 5 ingredients. Popular at Norooz (Persian New Year) and other holidays. Classic and healthy makeover recipes.
What is Persian Toot (Mulberry)?
“Toot” is the Persian word for the mulberry fruit. But it is also used to refer to the Persian marzipan confection that is made in the fashion of a mulberry fruit.
It is made with ground almonds, sugar, rose water, cardamom and slivered pistachios. Persian Toot is a “No Bake” treat that even kids would enjoy making.
Below I share with you both the classic and healthy makeover versions.
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What is Marzipan Made of?
Marzipan is a popular confection used in European baking. It is made with finely ground almonds, sugar, often with a hint of bitter almond flavor and rose water. As it is very smooth and fondant like, it can be rolled out as thin sheets to cover cakes.
You might think I am biased, but the best marzipan really comes from Germany. And I am a hardcore marzipan fan! One of the marzipan brands I love there is Niederegger Lubeck.
What is Marzipan Candy?
Since marzipan is so sweet and smooth it is used to make quick and easy no-bake treats by shaping the confection into different forms. Molding them into fruit like shapes is quite popular. And the marzipan fruits are often used to decorate cakes and cookies.
Homemade Marzipan with No Added Sugar
Process equal amounts of fine almond meal and pitted medjool dates measured by weight into a food processer. Add a hint of natural almond flavor and a little bit of rose water and process it into a fine paste.
If needed add a few drops of honey and it will still be “refined sugar free”.
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Healthy Makeover of Persian Marzipan Candy (Toot)
So for the healthy makeover of Persian “Toot” (mulberry marzipan candy), I used the “no added sugar” homemade marzipan. I rolled the it in almond meal since it is already very sweet.
But I also tried a variation combining dried apricots, dry coconut flakes, orange flower water, honey and dried orange slices.
These colorful treats can be a fun project for your kids. If they are involved in making them, they are going to love these sweet treats with no refined sugar.
Tips and Tricks for Making Mulberry Marzipan Candy
- You will need to add rose water for flavoring, so it is important to limit the moisture content by choosing medjool dates that are not overly moist. The higher grade medjool dates are typically more moist.
- For the confection made with apricots, choose dried fruits that are more moist. Unlike medjool dates, they are often firmer, so it helps to use moister dried apricots and add honey as needed.
- It is traditional to use cardamom to flavor the Persian marzipan candy but you may try cinnamon or other flavors as you prefer.
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Persian Mulberry Marzipan Candy (Toot)
- 1¼ cups almond meal
- 1/2 cup dates medjool, pitted
- 1/2 tsp cardamom ground
- 1 tbsp rose water
- 1 tbsp pistachios slivered
- 1 cup coconut flakes dried
- 1/2 cup apricots dried
- 2 orange slices dried or candied orange
- 1/2 tsp orange zest
- 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup
- 1 tbsp orange blossom water
- 2 tbsp poppy seeds white
- 1 tbsp pistachios slivered
Mulberry Marzipan Candy
- In a food processor add 1 cup almond meal, dates, cardamom and process it. Add rose water, little at a time and further process to a soft dough like consistency.
- Add extra almond meal if mixture is sticky. Set aside in refrigerator.
Apricot Coconut Candy Variation
- In a food processor combine the first four ingredients and process it well. Then add the honey and orange blossom water, little at a time and process until smooth.
Shaping the Candies
- Take 1½ tsp of the mixture, roll into a ball and form a mulberry (Toot) shape of 1½ inches by tapering one end.
- Roll the date marzipan "Toot" in some almond meal and the apricot coconut version in white poppy seeds.
- Make a slight indentation at the rounded top of the candies and insert a pistachio sliver as a stem.
- Arrange the mulberry marzipan candies on a serving platter and wrap it well. Or store in an airtight container.
- Classic Mulberry Marzipan Candy (Persian Toot)
- 1 cup almond meal (finely ground almonds)
- 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
- 1/2 tsp cardamom, ground
- 1 tbsp rose water
- 1/4 sugar (for rolling the candies)
- 1 tbsp pistachios, slivered
- Follow the instructions as above
- Rose water, orange blossom water and cardamom are available at middle eastern stores or online. Cardamom and white poppy seeds are available at Indian stores and online.
- For rolling the candies you could use ground almond flour, sugar or poppy seeds.