Marbled Christmas Cut-Out Cookies
And so we approach our first COVID Christmas. Who could ever imagine this is where we would be? Cookie season is in full swing, yet to be honest, my spirits are nowhere near where they typically are this time of year. I don’t feel particularly festive. Many are back in lockdown, gatherings are not permitted and risk is high. This year is different and I can’t sugar-coat it. With this in mind, I decided to simplify things a bit this holiday season, at least cookie-wise..
Pandemic aside, my love of cookies remains strong, so a cookie post was inevitable no matter what. These are my marbled Christmas cut-out cookies and they could not be easier to make. A simple, buttery sugar cookie, lightly par-baked with marbled icing. There are no red hots, sprinkles, or chocolate jimmies to complicate things, just delicious cookies that are mesmerizing just to look at.
Despite the simplicity, what I love most about these marbled Christmas cookies is any shape, size, or marble color combination works. Unlike most holiday cut-out cookies, these are not labor-intensive. The dough whips us easily and can be doubled without issue.
These cookies bake perfectly with a tender, buttery inside and slightly crispy edge, and you can get as creative as you wish with your color palette. I call them Christmas cookies, but truthfully, they can work for any holiday including Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Easter, Valentine’s Day, and even the 4th of July, not many cookie recipes can boast that.
These marbled cookies also make a great project for kids who love to bake, and the best part, they are forgiving, there is no wrong or bad way to marble a cookie.
Like many others, I am wishing for many things for Christmas this year. I have always been a hopeful and optimistic person, so I won’t give up on that just yet. But I can’t control things no matter how hard I try. So my simple wish is for families to come together virtually and bake together, spend time together (even if from a distance), and most of all appreciate each other and all that one has, which in so many cases, is a good amount. Happy holidays friends!