We made these Marvelous Marbled Easter Eggs cookies and Cassie actually said they look "Marvelous," so that is how they got their name! I got the idea from the kid's magazine: Your Big Backyard in which they are called Rainbow Cookies. I used the same recipe but, changed how the dough is mixed up to create a marbled effect and changed the shape to create an egg shape rather than just a circle. Here are our finished cookies:
First we mixed up the basic dough ingredients:
1/2 cup of unsalted softened butter (I used salted and it was fine)
1/2 cup of confectioners' sugar
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup of flour
For this step you'll need:
food color (we used McCormick Neon colors)
Work the color into each piece of dough with your hands. Expect that your hands will get stained from the food coloring. Roll the dough into a ball. Cassie LOVED this part!! Make sure to wash your hands between each color or the next color will get contaminated with the previous color!
Beautiful colorful dough! A lot like play dough!!
Press all the pieces together until you have your desired "marbled" effect. The original recipe did not marble it, so this is where we got a little more creative. The ball pictured could be marbled more.
Shape the marbled ball into a cylinder shape that is about 8 inches long. Before slicing, make sure you chill the dough in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to make the dough easier to slice!! Then slice the cylinder in 1/4 inch slices. I marked the cylinder with knife marks for Cassie so that she could cut the slices herself with a butter knife. Fun!
Once they were sliced I had to shape the circle shape to resemble an egg shape. A little tricky, but worth it! Place them on a cookie sheet and your ready to bake them for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees. The recipe only makes a dozen, so you'll have to double it if you want more.
Here are the finished cookies cooling.
Yummy and like a butter cookie!!!
We made these Marvelous Marbled Easter Egg Cookies last year too. Maybe this will be our Easter tradition?
Do you have any special Easter recipes that you make each year?