Nut butter refers to nuts that may or may not be toasted before being ground into a smooth, creamy spread such as almond or peanut butter. Nut paste usually refers to ground nuts that have been blended with a quantity of sugar. Nut Pastes may be made from raw nuts that are cooked with sugar, such as for almond paste and marzipan. Some Europeans made this type of paste with raw pistachios. Apricot kernels may also be made into a paste of this type.