Swirled with a bit of melted chocolate, these Chinese Marble Cookies are a fun twist on a classic sugar cookie!
Have you ever come across Chinese Marble Cookies? I first stumbled across these fun treats at a local bakery back around the time Robbie was born. (That was 5 years ago now…man, time flies.) As I wrote about in this recipe for Pumpkin Spice Cannoli, Laura’s obstetrician’s office happened to be located right next to a new bakery here in town. Of course, we had to stop in each time we had a doctor’s appointment. I mean cannolis are required when you are pregnant, right? (Cannolis are definitely required when your wife is pregnant. Just for the record.)
Well, that bakery quickly became a favorite, and over the last 5 years, we’ve stopped by whenever we needed cookies or cakes to celebrate. Come to think of it, we haven’t actually gotten any cannolis since Robbie was born. *be right back* *ok, back – with a cannoli next to me*
Chinese Marble Cookies
I love staring at bakery cases. Call me crazy! As a home baker myself, I enjoy admiring other folks’ creations. Of course, I also enjoy sampling other folks’ creations, too! I’ve heard it said that the best dessert is one that you didn’t have to bake yourself. While I do enjoy baking, I have to admit that there is some truth in that statement.
This local bakery has a number of really creative cookies, but these Chinese Marble Cookies have always stuck out to me. They’re tucked away on a tray in the bottom left hand corner of the bakery case. In fact, if you don’t look close, you might miss them. One day, I was making a cookie assortment box for Robbie’s preschool teachers, and I happened to notice the Chinese Marble Cookies. I added a couple of cookies to the box…and an extra one in a small bag for me. It was the best decision I made that day!
I’m not exactly sure where Chinese Marble Cookies get their name. Maybe it has something to do with the Chinese Marbles game? *shrug* All I know is these cookies are delicious! They are essentially sugar cookies swirled with chocolate. I went with a thin and chewy sugar cookie recipe here, but you could make these cookies with any sugar cookie recipe. If you prefer thicker sugar cookies, then try making these Chinese Marble Cookies using this sugar cookie recipe instead. (I’ve made this recipe both ways. Both versions are delicious – one is thin and chewy, the other is thick and chewy. Your choice!)
No matter the style of sugar cookie, one of the things that I like the most about this recipe is the almond extract. The combination of almond and vanilla in these cookies is quite tasty. Almond extract makes for a unique cookie, don’t you think? Come to think of it, it would be fun to finely chop a bunch of almonds and then roll these cookies in those almonds before baking. The added crunch and flavor from the almonds would be pretty fun. *Putting that on my baking agenda now.* I hope you enjoy these fun cookies! Happy baking!
Did you make a batch of these Chinese Marble Cookies at home? Leave a comment or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog). I’d love to see your version!
Chinese Almond Cookies
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp cream of tartar
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 oz. semisweet chocolate melted
- Using a medium mixing bowl, add flour, baking powder, cream of tartar and salt; mix until well combined. Set dry ingredients aside.
- Using the bowl of an electric mixer, add butter and sugar; beat on medium speed until light and fluffy (~2-3 minutes).
- Add egg, almond extract and vanilla extract; mix until well combined.
- Add flour mixture in two separate additions, mixing well after each addition.
- Add melted chocolate and gently swirl with a table knife until dough is marbled.
- Shape dough into a roll with a 2½” diameter. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 60 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Slice dough into ½” slices and place 1” apart on baking sheets.
- Bake for 14-18 minutes, or until cookies are light golden brown on edges.
- Let cookies cool completely on pan before removing.
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