How to Make These Easy Marble Cookies

  • Author: Melissa
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 24 - 3" cookies 1x


These marble cookies are so easy and fun to make! Change up the shapes and colors to adapt for any holiday or occasion. 




3 tablespoons (53 grams) shortening

3 tablespoons (40 grams) butter, room temperature

1 cup (193 grams) sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

2–1/2 cups (320 grams) all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt


1 cups powdered sugar

1/2-1 teaspoons vanilla

1 tablespoon +1 teaspoon milk

Food coloring – preferably gel


  1. Do not preheat the oven. This recipe requires chill time in the refrigerator. 
  2. Cream together shortening, butter and sugar until smooth. Add in eggs and vanilla and combine well. Thoroughly combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Be sure to clean the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula and incorporate it back into the dough.
  3. Cover the dough and chill for an hour in the refrigerator.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Lightly flour your work surface, and your rolling pin. Roll out 1/3 of the dough into a thin layer approximately 1/4 inch thick. Use cookie cutters to cut your shapes into the dough.
  5. Place cut cookies on the lined baking sheets about 2 inches apart from each other. Bake for 6-8 minutes, until slightly firm and very lightly browned.
  6. Continue to cut cookies out until all dough is used up. If the dough gets too soft, you can place it back in the fridge to cool again.


  1. Combine the icing, milk, and flavoring and mix until thoroughly incorporated and smooth. Pop any bubbles as you see them.
  2. Split the icing into two bowls. Reserve one of the bowls in case the first one gets too colored for you.
  3. In one of the bowls, add a drop of dye and swirl the dye around with a toothpick.
  4. Dip the cookie in and pull it out. The cookies will vary based on how they are pulled out, how much dye was used and how much you swirled it around.




The cookie design will vary based on how they are pulled out, how much dye was used and how much you swirled it around.

  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: sugar cookies, marbled sugar cookies, easy marble cookies