Marble cookies
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Marble Cookies


Colourful, tasty and delightful, these marble cookies will definitely win the hearts of all children and many others. A quick snack time option. Super easy, homemade, one of the best marble cookies you would have ever eaten.



20-25 cookies

Prep time

30 minutes

Chilling Time

30 minutes

Baking Time

15 minutes


Swati Goyal

Marble cookies

Whenever I pass by a bakery, the aroma of the fresh butter being baked in oven and mouth melting cookies that come hot out of the oven mesmerises me. Often I have found myself at a bakery or a dessert shop and confused as to should I eat a chocolate cookie or a vanilla cookie. Although if possible, I would go ahead eating both… but then the guilt set in… So if you find yourself sometime in a similar situation, do try these marble cookies also called as Rainbow Cookies. These slice and bake cookies are an absolute delight. Just make the vanilla batter first and then divide it in different colors as you would want them.

Variations to Marble Cookies

  • Flour: Typically all purpose flour is used to make these cookies. But wheat flour works just perfect too. There will be a slight variation in the taste as wheat is a more dense flour than the all purpose flour but they still will taste great.
  • Sugar: Date powder or jaggery is a great substitute. Just a word of caution that if you use either of the two sugars, it will make your vanilla batter slightly brownish. So if you are looking at a perfect marble colour, which is brown and pale yellow, then use the regular confectioner’s sugar.
  • Eggs: One can make them without eggs, just that they will be very crumbly and dry. Eggs add moistness and thus softness to the cookies.
  • Colour: You can make a rainbow of colours with these cookies. or can just make them with vanilla and chocolate (yellow and brown).

Step-by-step process with photos

Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the vanilla essence and egg and beat until fluffy.

Mix the flours and baking powder. Divide the dough and the batter in three parts. Add food color to one part of batter and cocoa powder and melted chocolate to the other. Mix the flours and form a good cookie dough.

Align the doughs on a parchment paper and roll to form a log. Refrigerate it for half an hour. Cut the log in 1cm thick slices and place on a lined baking tray to be baked.

Tips to make the Best Marble Cookies Ever

  • Baking: Do not open the door of the oven before the stipulated time as given in the recipe. This creates a heat loss in the oven and the cookies would take more time to cook or even worse might have uneven baking.
  • Know your oven: Some ovens do not have even heating on all sides. So know your oven as to which areas the heating is more than the others. You would want to avoid too hot areas as there are chances some cookies might burn.
  • Cooling: After the mentioned time, the cookies would be just done or at some places you might find it still is soft. Do not worry. Take the cookie out on a wire mesh and cool them to room temperature. Do not leave the cookies on the baking tray to cool as they might get overcooked.
  • Shape: You can shape the cookies in any shape. But if the shape has corners, then the cookie might not look the same after baking as the chocolate cookies expand while baking. Thus the round shape is the safest.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can gel food colouring be used for the marble cookies?

Yes of course. Gel or liquid food colouring can be used in the marble cookie’s cookies dough. Just make sure to add the adequate amount for the cookie to be rich in colour.

How can I make marble cookies more gooey or chewy?

Do not add egg white, just the egg yolk. Infact, add an additional egg yolk to the dough. Egg yolk add the moistness to the cookies thus making them more chewy.

How long do the marble cookies take to cool?

Ideally the these cookies should be cooled until room temperature. But cooling them for 3-5 minutes should be a good enough time. Cool the cookies till they are not soft anymore.

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Marble Cookies

Recipe by Swati GoyalCourse: CookiesCuisine: Other world cuisineDifficulty: Medium
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Colourful, tasty and delightful, these marble cookies will definitely win the hearts of all children and many others. A quick snack time option. Super easy, homemade, one of the best marble cookies you would have ever eaten.


  • 50 gms unsalted Butter

  • 1 tsp vanilla essence

  • 100 gms sugar

  • 25 gms sweetened chocolate

  • 1 egg at room temperature

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 185 gms all purpose flour

  • 45 gms wheat flour

  • 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder

  • 1 tsp milk

  • few drops of food colour


  • In a bowl, cream the butter and sugar with an electric beateruntil light and creamy.
  • Add the vanilla essence and the egg and beat it further until well combined.
  • Divide the mixture in three bowls.
  • To the first bowl, add food colouring and mix well.
  • To the second bowl, add the melted chocolate, milk and cocoa powder. Mix well till everything is well combines.
  • Leave the third bowl as it is.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the flours, salt and baking powder. and divide it in three parts.
  • Add each part of the flour mixture to the bowls with the butter sugar mix.
  • Use a flat bladed knife and mix well all the dought to form three colours of soft cookie dough.
  • Roll them into three separate logs and place the three logs adjacent to each other on a parchment paper.
  • Roll the parchment paper to form one log. Refrigerate it for 30 minutes.
  • Slice the log into 1cm thick slices and allign on a baking tray and bak in a preheated oven at 180’C for 10-15 minutes, or until golden.
  • Cool on the tray for 3 minutes brefore transferring to a wire mesh to cool the cookies completely.


  • You can freeze the cookie dough for until 1 month. Just wrap it with a cling wrap and freeze. Just bring it to room temperature before slicing them into cookies.
  • The cookies stay well for 3-4 days in an airtight container.

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