With Valentines and Mother’s Day around the corner somehow spring always seems to be the season of romance. Looking for inspiration I came across a pink marbled cookies tutorial over on Pinterest. I know, Pinterest is the source of unreasonably picture perfect baking. Sometimes it just doesn’t turn out that way in real life!
I thought I’d give the effect a try just because it’s something different and pretty! I’ve got a lot of cookie cutters but I only ever tend to really use them at Christmas to make Gingerbread. Basic sugar cookies somehow seem too plain and boring on their own. On the other hand there’s something nice about simple things.
If your wanting to give this a try all you do is split your biscuit dough in half and add a little food colouring. In this case I added red to make a strong pink colour. Roll the dough into alternating balls of colour, I made mine about ping pong ball size.
I rolled out the dough with a rolling pin with a few turns to get a marbled effect. Be warned the more times you turn it the more likely it’ll just turn out uniform pink.
Basic dough for cut out cookies
This is actually Nigella Lawson’s cookie cutter biscuit recipe. It’s pretty basic but I halved the quantities. The original recipe makes 60-70 biscuits which is way way too many. I actually ended up with 40 biscuits and gave some away, 40 is just too many to eat on your own! Your milage may vary depending on the size of your cutters.
They turn out as a kind of vanilla shortbread type biscuit with a good snap!
85 grams softened butter
100 grams sugar
200 grams plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt