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Marbled Greeting Cookies Recipe

Marbled Greeting Cookies Recipe

These festive goodies are like little Christmas cards with holiday wishes for your guests. Using a fluted pastry wheel gives the edges a pretty, ruffled finish.—Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling YIELD:24 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Red and green paste food coloring
  • White decorating gel or vanilla frosting

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, sour cream and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  • 2. Divide dough into three portions. Tint one portion red and one portion green; leave one portion plain. Wrap each in plastic wrap; refrigerate 30 minutes or until easy to handle.
  • 3. Preheat oven to 375°. Pinch off tablespoons of each colored dough and drop alternately onto a lightly floured surface; press together to form a 13x4-in. rectangle. Roll dough to form a 15x8-in. rectangle, about 1/4 in. thick.
  • 4. With a fluted pastry wheel, cut dough lengthwise in half; cut each half into twelve 1-1/4-in.-wide strips. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes or until set. Cool on pans 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. Use decorating gel to write greetings on cookies. Yield: 2 dozen.