Marzipan Bees

Don't worry about getting stung -- these buzzing bees are made of marzipan and are a thoughtful touch to any dessert that has a hint of honey.

  • Yield: Makes 8
Marzipan Bees

Source: Martha Stewart Living, June 2008

Ingredients

  • Yellow and black gel-paste food coloring
  • 1 ounce marzipan or almond paste, halved
  • 1/4 cup blanched sliced almonds, toasted

Directions

  1. Add yellow gel paste to 1 portion marzipan and black gel paste to the other. Knead each to incorporate.

  2. Roll each portion into a 1/8-inch-diameter rope. Cut each rope crosswise into 1/8-inch slices.

  3. Stack 5 slices together horizontally, flat sides facing, alternating colors, starting and ending with yellow. Press together gently. For the head, roll a yellow slice into a ball, and press onto body. For the eyes, roll 2 bits of black marzipan into balls; press onto head. For the stinger, shape the tail piece into a slight point. For the wings, press a sliced almond into each side of bee. Repeat. Use immediately.

Cook's Notes

Have extra almond slices on hand when assembling the bees, in case some "wings" break during assembly.

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