Marbled Easter biscuits recipe

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These marbled Easter biscuits are a great bake to make with kids and can be packaged up as an adorable edible gift for loved ones.

Marbled Easter biscuits
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Preparation Time30 mins plus cooling and decorating
Cooking Time12 mins longer if you need to bake in batches
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories206 Kcal10%
Saturated Fat4 g20%
Fat7 g10%
Carbohydrates33 g13%

These marbled Easter biscuits take 30 minutes to prepare and the decoration is easy once you know our simple method. 

If you’ve browsed our Easter cake ideas but would prefer something quicker and easier to make, biscuits are always a great option. Bake the biscuits ahead and then set up a few decoration stations on the kitchen table so you can sit down with the kids and have a fun afternoon of decorating. 


  • 225g cold unsalted butter, diced
  • 375g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 75g cornflour
  • 1⁄2tsp salt
  • 125g golden caster sugar
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • Zest 1 lemon

For the icing:

  • 3 medium egg whites
  • 500g icing sugar, sifted
  • 1-2tsp lemon juice
  • 3 different food colourings of your choice

You will need:

  • Easter-themed cookie cutters in various sizes
  • 2-3 large baking trays lined with baking paper
  • Piping bag fitted with a fine writing nozzle (optional)




  1. In a food processor, pulse the butter, flour, cornflour and salt to the consistency of fine breadcrumbs. Add the sugar and pulse again to combine. Beat the eggs, vanilla and lemon zest together, then add to the food processor with the motor running until the dough comes together.
  2. Turn out and bring together into a smooth dough, then roll between 2 sheets of baking paper to a 4mm thickness. Chill for 30 mins.
  3. Use your chosen cookie cutters to cut out as many shapes as you can, then arrange on the lined trays, spaced well apart. Gather the offcuts, re-roll and repeat. Chill the biscuits for 30 mins.
  4. Heat the oven to 180C (160C fan, Gas 4). Bake the biscuits for 12-15 mins, until they are a light golden colour. Cool on the trays. You may need to do this in batches if your oven is not big enough or you don’t have enough trays.
  5. When the biscuits are almost completely cool, prepare the icing. Mix the egg whites, icing sugar and lemon juice together in a large bowl. Divide between 3 bowls. Colour a few tbsp icing from each bowl in a separate small bowl, then drizzle through the white icing to marble. Dip the biscuits in the icing, allowing the excess to drip off, then set aside to dry (at least 4 hrs or overnight).

Top tips for making marbled Easter biscuits 

To add even more detail to your biscuits, reserve a portion of the white icing and add more icing sugar so that it’s thicker. Transfer to a piping bag and once the biscuits are completely dry, pipe decorative patterns on top. 

Is powdered sugar icing the same as royal icing?

Royal icing powder has egg white powder added to the icing sugar. In our recipe, we use regular icing powder and combine it with egg whites instead. We haven’t tested a vegan alternative but lots of recipes use aquafaba, or chickpea water, instead of egg whites. 

Can you flavour royal icing?

Using lemon juice as the liquid in royal icing will add a subtle flavour. You can also use vanilla extract or a little gin for a boozy twist. If you still want the icing to have a bright white colour, it’s important that whatever liquid flavouring you use has a light pale colour.

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Jessica Ransom

“Save on the washing up and create multi-coloured marble biscuits instead. Start by just adding one colour to your white icing, then build it up with more colours and you’ll create pretty patterns. No two biscuits will be the same, which is fun!” 

If you’re a regular baker, swap baking paper for some reusable silicone mats instead... 

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Extra Large Silicone Baking Mats Sheet - View at Amazon 

We recommend having a couple of mats as part of your baking equipment. You can lie the mat on a chopping board and chill the biscuits in the fridge while you bake another batch if you only have one baking tray. This makes it easy to swap over.

Browse these Easter foods and you'll find plenty of options to make with the kids over the holidays. You might even like this guide on how to make your own Easter eggs. For something simpler, check out our easy Easter nests

Jess Meyer
Food Editor

Jess is the Group Food Editor at Future PLC, working across brands in the woman’s lifestyle group, including Woman and Home, Woman’s Weekly, Woman, Woman’s Own, Chat, and Hailing from the Antibodies, Jess has a background in media and video production, with many years of experience working on tv and commercial video projects. After relocating to the UK, Jess studied at Leiths School of Food and Wine in London, graduating with a diploma in culinary arts before gaining a scholarship to study at the Ecole Nationale Superieure de Patisserie (ENSP) in France, where she learned the fine art of French patisserie.

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