March 07, 2016

How to Create a Marbled Cookie

Last week I showed you how I like to decorate a cookie without icing. Today I wanted to give you another option for decorating without icing.

Please, please don't go hating me! I need want you to like me. I really love decorating with icing. I really do. I just prefer to eat a naked cookie. Plus, I'm all about decorating cookies with different options.

Here is a thought...........Maybe you are just starting out and you do not want to invest in some of the supplies needed for decorating with icing. You want to bake cookies, but you want a super fast, easy cookie that looks great and taste amazing! Well I have got you covered! Let me show you how to create a marbled cookie that requires no icing and taste amazing!

How to Create a Marbled Cookie

Supplies needed:

  • Your favorite sugar cookie dough.
  • Gel food coloring in your choice of color (I use Americolor)
  • cookie cutter 

Start off with a small amount of dough to color. I would say to take a golf ball size of the dough. (I will explain later why such a small amount is better.) 

Place a small amount of the gel coloring (I'm using Electric Pink) on a toothpick. Then drag the toothpick across the dough.

Start folding the color in with your fingers.

You do not want to completely combine the color with the dough. This is a good stopping place.

Roll out your dough to create the marbling effect.

Arrange your cutter over the part of the dough that created the most marbling.

Pictured below, you will notice the small amount of dough that I have left. This was perfect for me. The more you work the dough, the less of a marbling effect you will get. This is why it is best to start off with a small piece. I found that I was able to get 2-3 good marbled cookies out of a small handful of the dough. Of course this is going to depend on the size of the cookie cutter and the thickness you roll out your dough.

Here is another method for marbling dough:

On the right is dough that is colored with Regal Purple Americolor Gel. The left is just plain dough directly out of the mixing bowl.

Remember, start small.

Combine both together.

Be careful to not overwork the dough.

Roll out the dough to create a beautiful marbled look.

Cut out your cookies and bake!

This was probably my favorite marbled look!  I combined the dough that I had leftover from both the purple and the pink. Then added in a little of the plain dough.

It reminds me of a galaxy cookie!!

Now that you have the marbling down. Stay tuned for my next post. I can't wait to show you how I create flower cookies out of dough!


  1. Thank you so much for the post.Cookies are always my favorite.But I have never try to make the cookies.Always brought from supermarket.But after reading your post.I am very interested in your way of creation.Because you have provide complete information.I will definitely going to make the cookies.I don't know it comes become good texture,but I will make those cookies.

    1. That is so sweet of you to say! You will do a fabulous job. They are so easy and I liked not having to use any kind of icing. No icing on cookies is my favorite way to eat them.