If you’re collecting Christmas cookie recipes, be sure to add these iced marble cookies to your list. The red and green swirls create a unique and beautiful treat to serve and share throughout the holiday season.
There are a few shortcuts you can take to make this a quick and easy sugar cookie decorating experience. It’s time to get creative with baking and make some marble iced goodies!
Christmas Sugar Cookies with Marble Icing
Since the Valentine’s Day marble cookies were a hit, it’s easy to create some for Christmas cookies. This marble icing technique is perfect for any holiday or season. You can easily switch up the colors and shapes to create the design and theme you need for each and every holiday or event.
Marble Sugar Cookie Ingredients
Here’s what you need to make this Christmas cookie recipe. The measurements are in the printable recipe card below.
For the cookies:
- Package of sugar cookie mix
- All-purpose flour
For the royal icing:
- Powdered sugar
- Egg white
- Vanilla or almond extract
Holiday Marble Sugar Cookie Directions
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the sugar cookie mix and flour.
Add in the butter and egg and stir until the dough forms.
Sprinkle a small amount of flour onto a clean counter top space or a baking mat. Dust your rolling pin with additional flour.
Roll the dough out to about 1/4 inch thickness.
Cut the dough into desired shapes with cookie cutters or use the top of a glass for round cookies.
Place the dough two inches apart on your baking sheet.
Bake for 5-7 minutes.
Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 1-2 minutes before moving them to a cooling rack to completely cool.
While the cookies are baking, make the icing. Add the egg white to a medium mixing bowl and beat until frothy.
Add in the vanilla or almond extract and powdered sugar. Mix until smooth. The icing should be thin.
Create the marble icing by transferring about 1/2 cup of icing to a small shallow dish.
Add a drop of green food coloring to one side of the dish and a drop of red to the other side.
Swirl each color separately with a toothpick.
After the cookies are completely cool, it’s time to dip them into the marble icing.
Hold the cookie top-side down and dip into the icing.
Gently lift the cookie and let the excess icing drip off into the middle of the dish. (This will keep the colors from mixing too much. Red and green make brown, so you don’t want them to mix.)
Set each cookie onto parchment paper to dry.
Continue this process with each cookie until the icing gets low. You may need to add another drop of each color of food coloring if the colors start to fade.
Once you need more icing, rinse and dry the dish completely before adding more icing and food coloring.
Allow all the iced cookies to dry and enjoy.
Marble Sugar Cookie Recipe Notes and FAQ
What kind of sugar cookie mix should I use?
This recipe uses Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix. Any brand of mix should work well. Just follow the directions on the package for the ingredients to prepare. If you have a sugar cookie cut out recipe or a basic recipe, feel free to make them from scratch. The key is to make sure the cookies are stable enough to hold for dipping.
What kind of cookie cutters should I use?
Glasses were used to cut the cookies in this post. A 2″ and 4″ glass created the round sizes pictured. You can use any type or size cookie cutters you’d like. Stars would be cute for the holiday season.
Do I have to make my own royal icing?
No, if you want to speed things up, you can purchase Royal Icing. The important thing about the icing is the consistency. If it’s too thick, you can add a few drops of milk to thin it as needed.
What kind of food coloring should I use?
You have to use gel food coloring for this recipe. Must be gel.
I’m worried about mixing the colors together.
If you don’t want the food coloring colors to mix, feel free to marble with just one color. The marbling effect creates a unique design on each cookie.
- 1 package sugar cookie mix (17.5 ounce)
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling out cookies
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1 large room temperature egg
Royal Icing (about 1 cup)
- 1 large egg white (about 1 ounce if using egg whites in a carton)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Combine cookie mix and flour in a large mixing bowl.
- Add in butter and egg and stir until dough forms.
- Sprinkle some flour onto clean countertop or baking mat. Dust rolling pin with flour.
- Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutters into desired shapes. For round cookies, use the top of a glass.
- Place dough 2 inches apart on baking sheet. Bake 5-7 minutes. Allow to cool 1-2 minutes on sheet before transferring to a cooling rack.
- While cookies cool, make icing. Add egg white to a medium mixing bowl and beat until frothy.
- Add vanilla extract and powdered sugar. Mix until smooth. You want thin icing.
- Transfer 1/2 cup of icing to a small shallow dish. Add 1 drop green food coloring to one side and one drop red to the other. Swirl each side separately with a toothpick. Be careful not to mix the colors because red and green create brown.
- Hold completely cooled cookie topside down and dip into icing. Lift it and allow excess icing to drip back into the middle of the dish. Set cookie on parchment paper to dry.
- Repeat the process with each cookie until icing gets low. Add additional drops of coloring as needed. Once more icing is needed, rinse and dry the dish before making another batch.
- Allow iced cookies to dry completely and enjoy!
You must use gel food coloring.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 50Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 30mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 1g
Nutrition facts are an estimate only.
More Christmas Cookie Ideas
- Stained-glass cookies
- Hot chocolate cookies
- M&M cookies
- Holiday sugar cookie pie
- Cherry pie sugar cookies
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