Marble Frosting Cookies

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I’m not a baker….at all. I don’t even make Christmas cookies….usually. But now, I can’t say that. Today I made Christmas cookies! I only did it because I wanted to try making marble frosting. PS…I love it!

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I first got the idea to try the marble effect when I watched the Pioneer Woman make marble dipped apples. They were so pretty!

So I set out to make some sugar cookies. I used:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups all purpose flour

To start you want to preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large mixing bowl add the butter and sugar. Use a mixer or hand held mixer to cream the butter and sugar until smooth. Then add in the egg, vanilla extract and almond extract.

In a second bowl whisk together the baking powder, salt and flour.

Slowly add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture using your mixer. The dough will be thick.

Add flour to your work surface and add 1/3 of the cookie dough. Roll it out to about 1/4″, then cut out shapes using a cookie cutter. Repeat until you have used all of the dough.

Bake for 6-8 minutes, then let the cookies cool completely.

Now the fun part, the marble frosting! You only need a few ingredients for this:

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 5-8 tablespoons of whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Gel food coloring

Add the powdered sugar to a mixing bowl. Use a whisk and break up any lumps in the powdered sugar.

Add 5 tablespoons of the milk and the vanilla extract. Whisk until the ingredients are combined. You don’t want the frosting to be too thick, but also not too thin. When you run the whisk through the frosting should slowly move back together.

Since I was frosting candy canes and trees I knew I would need two different colors, so I added half of the frosting to another bowl.

I added 3 drops of red gel food coloring to the frosting.

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Then I took a toothpick and swirled it into the frosting.

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From there I started dipping the cookies. I would do 2-3 cookies, then I would add another drop of food coloring and swirl it with the toothpick. I repeated the process until all of the cookies were done. I put all of the cookies on a cooling rack to let the frosting solidify. I waited a couple of hours until the frosting was hard before I transferred them in an airtight container.

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I did the same process for the trees, except I used green food coloring.

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Considering this was the first time that I tried marble frosting, I’m very happy with how they turned out.

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