Total Calories: 86
At least 1/2 hour or up to 2 weeks before shaping:
In a medium bowl, mix almond paste, egg whites, vanilla and almond extracts. Add powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, and knead until marzipan is no longer sticky. If making ahead, wrap in plastic wrap and place in an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
At least 6 hours or up to 1 week before using:
Bring marzipan to room temperature if chilled knead on a surface dusted with powdered sugar. If marzipan is too stiff and dry, knead in a few drops of corn syrup.
Divide marzipan into desired portions keep unused portions tightly covered. Knead liquid or paste food color into each portion until desired color is obtained. Cover colored portions until ready to shape.
Form animal or bird shapes in desired sizes. To attach features to body, dip each piece into egg white and press onto the body with a turning motion. Place completed figures on waxed paper and dry at room temperature for 1 to 2 hours.
When figures are set, brush lightly with glaze to give a glossy finish and keep the marzipan fresh and moist for eating. Let dry completely. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 1 week.
To use, let figures come to room temperature. Place in small baskets with artificial grass for favors or gifts or place in a bowl with Easter eggs.
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