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Marbled Greeting Cookies

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
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 148 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 75mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.
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  • paullheather
    Dec 20, 2009

    I used the recipe to make cutout sugar cookies. I did everything that the recipe called for except used rolled them and used them for cutout instead of make these designs wiith messages. They tasted wonderful and my 2 year old had a blast making them too!

  • laylian
    Dec 17, 2009

    I changed it... I added 1/2 c finely chopped walnuts, then I just layered the 3 colors in a bread tin and set it up in the fridge for a bit. then I just cut thru them and they ended up with 3 nice striped of colors. Looks and tastes great!

  • Giteacher2
    Dec 16, 2009

    This dough was so sticky, even after refrigerating over night, that I could not roll them out. I followed the directions exactly, but the dough was impossible to work with. I ended up throwing out the whole batch of cookie dough. What a waste.

  • eldestandwisest
    Dec 14, 2009

    I haven't made these yet, but could see myself making them red white and blue for the fourth of July, in pastel colors for easter, or orange,white, and black for Halloween. Words would go along with the holiday theme.

  • Noramariegreen
    Dec 13, 2009

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