Amazing recipe for Chocolate Marzipan Rum Balls – gluten, dairy and egg-free

500 gms almond meal (ground almonds)
500 gms icing sugar
1/2 glass of water to add little by little (you may need less)
A few drops of almond essence or bitter almond essence (optional)
1 cup of rum
60 gms raisins
150 gms dark chocolate

How to
Put the raisins in warm water for a few minutes. When soft remove them from the water and pat them dry. Put them in a glass jar and cover them with the rum. Let them soak for 24 hours.

The following day, put the almond meal and icing sugar in a big bowl. Mix them well and add the almond essence (optional) and the water slowly while kneading with your hands. When you get a smooth and pliable dough, your marzipan is ready.

Roll the marzipan into a 1 cm thick sheet. You can do this on baking paper to prevent it from sticking to the bench top.
Cut some circles with a diameter of approximately 4 cm. Put 3 raisins on half of the circles and cover them with the remaining circles. Press the sides well to make sure they do not come apart and then roll them with your hands into roundish shapes. Keep aside.

In the meantime, melt the dark chocolate and dip the top part of the marzipan sweets in it. Let the chocolate dry. They are now ready to serve! They are perfect with a cup of coffee or your favourite tea.

Recipe provided courtesy of Sandra’s Easy Cooking food blog.

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