I had the idea for these cookies after I saw a blog post about color block dipped cookies, and thought they looked awesome. I had never considered applying craft techniques to my baked goods before. So that got my brain churning to think of some other awesome but easy thing I could do to decorate some sugar cookies and I thought, why not marble fondant like I would marble polymer clay and make some marbled sugar cookies!
If you have never marbled clay before, the process is fairly simple. All you need is some premade white fondant, food colors in your choice of colors (you will need white and black fondant, and then two other colors of your choice to create the marble look), some simple powdered sugar and water frosting to act like the glue, and some rolled, cut, and baked sugar cookies.
You can save yourself the step of creating different fondant colors by purchasing some fondant in colors that you like (I know some craft stores have boxes of different colored fondant, and Michaels Craft Store has the Duff line of baking supplies that has small tubs of already mixed bright fondant colors).
Once you have your supplies, you will need to take your colored fondant (use powdered sugar or corn starch to keep the fondant from getting sticky) and roll it into little logs/snake shapes like your kids do when they are playing with play-doh. That is pretty much the only things my kids know how to do. Well, that and smush the stuff into every fabric surface they can find. But, I digress. You will need a large log of white, two medium sized logs in the colors you chose, and one or two small black logs.
Once that is done, you will then combine all the logs and twist.
And then fold them in half and twist again. And again.
Now you should have something that looks similar to the photo above. Take that log and roll it into a ball and then using a rolling pin (and some powdered sugar or corn starch if things are getting sticky), flatten that bad boy on out. As you roll the fondant out, you should start to see the marble appear. I wouldn't let the fondant get too thin. Maybe no less than 1/8".
Now you will take a cookie cutter in what ever shape cookies you made and use it to cut out the fondant. The last step is to use your simple powdered sugar and water icing as a glue to get the fondant to stick to the cookies.
Now repeat the process until you are out of cookies and fondant. In my experience you can reuse the scrap fondant once if you are very careful not to mix up the fondant to much when squishing the scraps back together. Just roll out again and cut as many fondant pieces out as you can. Then start again with fresh fondant if you still have cookies left.
I didn't do that on these cookies, but I did on the blue ones that I made which brings me to my next idea.... and the reason I mentioned Earth day at the beginning of this post.
Well, in addition to the pink marbled cookies you saw above, I made some blue and green marbled cookies that reminded me of Earth, so I though what a better way to celebrate than to eat marbled fondant Earth cookies.
For these I simply swapped out the pink fondant for a turquoise blue color and repeated the same technique. Now in these you can see the gilding around the sides as well and a few little swirls that I added to the tops of the fondant. Don't they look like Earth?! Well, if not Earth, at least an Earth-like planet.
Now that you have seen the process, don't you think you can do it too? It really is simple. My 5 year old daughter even helped with the marbling and rolling process. Now I bid you go forth and make super cute cookies!