marbled cookies

A friend of mine loves simple marbled cake and when she told me, I realised I’ve never made one from scratch. As a teenager all I used was (Dr. Oetker) cake mixes, so I’ll have to give it a try soon. Baking isn’t my family’s strong suit, so I never learned to bake from scratch until I lived with my American host family. My grandmother would usually buy frozen butter-cream cakes or throw some fruit on a store bought pie crust and add some (also store bought) jelly glaze. My mother once left a bundt cake in the oven for so long that it burned and became a rock, it hung on our living room wall as decoration for a while. My aunts still buy frozen cakes for family reunions…


Instead of trying a marbled cake recipe for my friend’s birthday I baked these marbled cookies. They turned out buttery, chocolatey and soft.

This recipe is adapted from lecker.

marbled cookies
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Yields: 60-70
  • 1 cup (250g) butter
  • 1 ½ cups (300g) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs (M)
  • 3¼ cups (400g) all purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder (dark)
  • 2½ tablespoons milk
  • ½ cup (90g) chocolate, coarsely chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 175° C / 350° F
  2. Beat sugar, butter, vanilla extract and salt until creamy.
  3. Add one egg at a time.
  4. Add flour and baking powder (the batter will be hard to mix).
  5. Separate half of the batter and add cocoa, chocolate and milk to one half.
  6. Slightly swirl the two batters.
  7. Place small heaps of the swirled batter (approx. 1 teaspoon) on a baking sheet (approx. 16 heaps on one sheet).
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes.



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