San Marzano Almond Balls

San Marzano Almond Balls... a delicate treat for special occasions. San Marzano is a liqueur from Puglia that my family has been using for many years to garnish gelato. My Mamma Angela has also been using it to make this delicious treat that I would like to share with you!

These are incredibly easy to make and guess what... No Baking needed!

Careful... you can get drunk on these!


For 4 Dozen(s)

For the Almond Balls:

  • 1 pound whole blanched almonds
  • 3/4 cup San Marzano or any Amaro that you have or prefer
  • 10 ounces hot cocoa mix
  • 1 cup granulated sugar


  1. Put the almonds in a food processor for about 2 min. to pulverize them. You want the grain to be fine but not a flour.
  2. Put the ground almonds in a bowl, add the cocoa and mix well.
  3. Add the San Marzano and mix well until you have a soft paste.
  4. Put the sugar in a flat dish.
  5. Take a small lump of the paste, roll it in your hand to make a ball, then roll the ball in the sugar and set on a clean plate.
  6. Roll all your balls, refrigerate for about 1 hour and serve cold.




Monday, 18 July 2022
I made these for Christmas and they were very good, but my dough was really wet for some reason so I...
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- AnnetteLC
Saturday, 10 November 2018
Excellent. These will be great for holiday gifts. - Stregalibby
Wednesday, 11 July 2018
Made these for a cookout and they were gone within 20 minutes. Everyone loved them. Wonderful recipe...
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- Meina
Saturday, 06 January 2018
I love watching these videos! I feel like a part of la familia! Btw, I like the recipes too! ? - morgan5721