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Another Holiday Dessert: White Chocolate/Marzipan with a Cashew Kiss Inside

April 17, 2017

Target Healthy Eating

First I ordered the little candy flowers, you see above, from Amazon and then stored in back of fridge. I knew I would think of a use for them. When Spring arrived to Manhattan and hardy little flowers started peeping through the soil, I thought of the stored decorations; they seemed to call out for white chocolate rather than dark. Gradually, this recipe fell into place. The concept and preparation were fun and easy to do. Naturally, I then wanted to share the results with you. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

This is a perfect holiday dessert. If you wanted a different garnish like cashew crumbs or tiny pieces of shaved chocolate, or whatever you have around the house, that would work also. With this batch, because Spring had arrived, I liked the little flowers. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

A little bite of heaven. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

Filling Ingredients


1 and 1/2 cups toasted salt-free cashews (bought at

3 Tablespoons Grade A or B maple syrup (bought at

1/2 teaspoon bourbon vanilla extract (bought at

pinch of salt

3 Tablespoons white chocolate chips (FreshDirect)


Coating & Dipping Ingredients


3.5 ounces of a white chocolate brick (bought at Whole Foods)

1 can marzipan (bought online at

Use any type of garnish you want like: crumbs of cashew, tiny pieces of shaved dark chocolate, teeny candy flowers, rainbow sprinkles (buy in a small bottle), rum soaked pieces of cherry

Online buying, makes life so easy. For these ingredients, I went to three websites: FreshDirect, Amazon and ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.



1. Take out a plate or small platter, and put parchment paper on the plate. You will put little dough balls on this plate and into the fridge for 60 minutes.

2. Plan your garnish and have it ready to sprinkle over the melted chocolate before it hardens. It's too late to do this, once the chocolate has hardened.

Garnish is ready. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

3. In a blender, combine all filling ingredients, except white chocolate chips, until cashews are broken down into a batter which holds together when pressed. Pulse for 30 seconds or more, if needed. Remove the batter to a bowl.

The cashews are in the food processor, with maple syrup, vanilla extract and pinch of salt. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

Now, keep pulsing until the cashews, vanilla, maple syrup, salt, turn into a batter. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

4. After scraping all of the batter into a bowl, now, stir in the white chocolate chips.

With a spatula, scrape out of your food processor, every last bit of the cashew dough into a regular mixing bowl (not with electric beaters). Add the white chocolate bits to the dough and mix them into the dough, with your hands. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

5. Using your hands roll the dough into 13 to 15 half-inch balls, and place on a parchment lined plate.

Here is what a cashew dough ball looks like. (with white chocolate chips) ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

More cashew dough balls on parchment, eventually going into fridge for 60 minutes. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

6. Put in freezer for at least 30 to 60 minutes.

7. While dough is freezing, roll out the can of marzipan. Using a cookie cutter or small round glass or cup, press the circle into the marzipan until you have 13 to 15 circles, thick enough to hold the dough, but not so thin that the marzipan pouch will break when the dough is put into it. There will be little scraps of the marzipan, so save them until you have enough to make another circle. Make marzipan circles that equal the number of cashew dough balls you've made.

8. After 60 minutes, you will place a dough ball in the center of a marzipan circle. Then with your fingers, gather the marzipan up and over the dough ball. The marzipan is easy to manipulate, so when you've covered the dough ball with marzipan, simply pinch it, at the top a little, and the marzipan will be sealed. You're now ready to dip all the balls into warm white chocolate.

Marzipan has been rolled out with a wooden rolling pin. I didn't have any cookie cutters, so I used this round dish that I use on the table to serve little extras like more anchovies for Caesar Salad, or more salmon roe for top of baked potato. Your marzipan circle should be large enough to wrap around one cashew dough ball. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

9. In a double boiler, or small pan, melt the white chocolate.

I like to use this tiny frying pan to melt chocolate because it's easier to use my hands to dip the balls into. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

Here is the one stage of this recipe that you might balk at. Now, the time has come to dip the balls into the warm melted chocolate. You can do it by putting one ball at a time, into the chocolate, with your fingers. Roll it around to get completely covered, using fingers or a fork. Then remove the wet chocolate ball with fingers or with two forks, and put it on the plate you have ready with the parchment. If you're quick, you can do this with half of your balls, and then add the sprinkles right away, to be sure they will stick. The thing is, what do you do with your sticky chocolate fingers?     :))  Guess. That's right.

10. After the freezing time is up, remove the dough. Put one piece of the cashew dough in the middle of a marzipan circle. With your fingers, gather the outer circle of marzipan around the dough, so that the marzipan can be pinched together at the top like a little purse.

11. Have the same plate with parchment ready.

12. Pick up each little marzipan purse or ball and dip it into the melted chocolate; roll it around so you get as much of it covered as possible, then put the cashew kiss on the plate. Use your fingers or use two forks.

13. Immediately sprinkle the white balls with whatever garnish you have ready. Do this while the chocolate is still wet. Later, the sprinkle will not stick, as well.

14. Do the dipping and sprinkling, one at a time, with each little chocolate purse, putting each one to harden on the plate. Or, as mentioned, above, do the dipping fast and get half, or all on the plate and then do your garnishing, quickly while the chocolate is still wet and not yet hardened.

This is what the wet chocolate balls look like right after being dipped and garnished. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

15. Later, you can arrange them as you like.

You can have a little bite of heaven, without too much effort. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

Can I crow a little about my own recipe? Okay, these petit-fours or little cakes will be like a little bit of heaven in your mouth. You won't believe how good they are. And, as you can see from the directions, they're very easy to make.  

Enjoy, my friends!

May the Spring of 2017 bring with it, a joyful renewal of much needed hope and peace! ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

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