Sugar Cookies with Marbled Icing (Parve)

I saw this recipe on Instagram & HAD TO TRY IT! Sugar Cookies with Marbled Icing

Jake Cohen posted a video on Instagram showing these cookies with this recipe & they looked so beautiful.

I make Chanukah cookies every year & send them off to our grandkids in the mail & share them with our family here in Edmonton. I usually make my favourite sugar cookie recipe & a shortbread recipe that is Jackis favourite! But, after seeing the video of these I had to make them.

I had the best time making these cookies… I zoomed with my sister, niece & some of my great-nieces & great-nephews …one night we baked the cookies & the next night we decorated them! I was just so happy that they wanted to do this with me!!

The cookie recipe called for butter but I wanted to make them Parve…non-dairy so I used a vegan margarine & they are so good! Also, the icing recipe called for half & half but I used water to make it parve as well.

Here is my adapted recipe for the cookies followed by the icing recipe which I did not change

Parve Sugar Cookies


1 cup vegan margarine

3/4 cup sugar

1 egg

2 tsp vanilla

2 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp baking powder


Preheat oven to 350f

  1. In the bowl of a mixer, add the margarine & sugar & beat until fluffy, scraping down the sides of the bowl often
  2. Add the egg & vanilla, mix well
  3. Whisk the flour, baking powder & salt together & then add to the mixing bowl. Mix well. This cookie dough is crumbly
  4. When the ingredients have been throughly combined, put the dough onto a piece of parchment paper & knead the dough to bring it together into a flat disk..
  5. Place another piece of parchment paper on top of the dough
  6. You are going to roll the dough between the 2 pieces of parchment paper to avoid adding flour during rolling as the dough will stick to the rolling pin. If you do not have parchment paper, lightly flour a work surface & them just lightly flour your rolling pin. *** I think this is brilliant.. rolling the dough in between the paper & then chilling the dough. I usually chill the dough then rollout out after chilling, this makes it much more difficult to roll the dough! So from now on I am going to use this method for any cookies that require chilling & cutting out!
  7. Roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thick
  8. Put the rolled dough onto a baking sheet so you can put this into the refrigerator to chill for 30 minutes
  9. While the dough is in the fridge, preheat your oven to 350f
  10. Line a couple baking sheets with parchment paper while the oven is preheating
  11. You can use any cookie cutters you want of course, for these cookies I used Chanukah shaped cookie cutters
  12. Remove the dough from the fridge & cut out your desired shapes.
  13. Place the cut-out shapes onto the prepared cookie sheets leaving some room between them
  14. Bake for 13-15 minutes
  15. Remove gently to cooking racks & let cool completely before icing

Icing with Marbled Effect This recipe is from Jake Cohen I changed out the milk in the original recipe for water & it is great!


2 cups sifted icing sugar

1/4 cup water

1 tbsp vodka….Jake said that this makes the icing dry matte… it is so nice & the alcohol evaporates ..I am sure you can leave it out if you want.. just sub with water

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp kosher salt

liquid blue food colouring….


  1. In a medium bowl whisk all of the ingredients together except the blue food colouring
  2. Drop a few drops of the blue food colouring & use the end of a pairing knife or a toothpick to swirl the colour… TIP divide the icing into 2 bowls in case the blue gets mixed in too much. Also when it did i added more food colouring so i continued to get the marbles effect. Don’t swirl it too much if you want more defined lines Also, bu dividing the icing up the first bowl can be a kind of practice bowl!!!!
  3. Dip the whole front side of your cookies one a time into the icing ,,,just the top.. Lift the cookie & let the excess icing drip back into the bowl.
  4. Place the cookies onto parchment or a cooling rack over some parchment to dry



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Marilyn Dishes

Many people ask me "how did you do that?" "will you show me how?' So I decided to make a blog about what I cook and bake. I am in no way a professional cook, but I love to feed people and try new things as well as making the "old foods" My friends are wonderful cooks, each with their own 'specialty' and i will be having guest cooks here, showcasing their favourite things to cook as well!! I hope you enjoy this blog and maybe decide to make some of these foods yourself! I am always available to answer any questions you might have about anything you see here. Some of my recipes are unique to me but most are not. They are all recipes I have found in a variety of ways, some are old family recipes that date back decades and some are new ones!