When I was a kid, one of my favorite treats were the giant Chinese Marble Cookies at our local bakery in Northeast Philly.
Growing up as one of five kids, I vividly remember certain things that got me really excited!
Many of those memories were simple pleasures and since food is one of my favorite things you know a bunch of them are food memories!!
Going in the bakery with my mom and being told to go ahead and pick something out was a big one. I almost always went for one of the giant Chinese Marble Cookies at Arthur's Bakery on Red Lion Road in Philly:)
Later in life, I moved on to Arthur's chocolate éclair's. To this day I can not find anyone who makes them as good as my childhood bakery did. I swear each éclair was 1 pound in weight.
I made these Chinese Marble Cookies from my memory of their taste, texture and appearance. However when I searched for images of them I found some with big blobs of chocolate/fudge in the center.
My bakery had jimmies around the perimeter of the cookie instead. Did you have these cookies as a kid or do you have them where you are now? If so how do they differ? I am so curious!
Table of Contents
- brown sugar
- baking powder
- cocoa powder
- chocolate jimmies
Oh and for you non-Philly folks, Jimmies are what many across the country call sprinkles, lol!
I asked on my Soufflé Bombay Facebook Page a couple of years ago what people call them (sprinkles/jimmies) and was astounded by the number of responses!
It was pretty much split down the middle...And let me tell you people were rather territorial over their answer and I loved that!
What do you call them?
- Read instructions through before making this cookie recipe, so you understand when to split the dough in half.
- When pressing on the jimmies, be firm.
- Use parchment paper for easy clean up and best results.
Making these Chinese Marble Cookies is pretty easy, and the result is a fun and different cookie to enjoy! I made a big batch and donated them to the middle school to sell during the play dates this year, they sold out in 1 day 🙂
Cookie recipes you may enjoy
- Easy Eggnog Biscotti - A holiday season favorite!
- Brownie Cookies - When you can't decide between the two!
- Family favorite Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Enjoy!! - Colleen
Chinese Marble Cookies
- 2 sticks of butter room temp
- ¾ cup sugar
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 1 ¼ cups flour plus another ½ cup flour reserved
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 6 TBS cocoa powder
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- In a mixing bowl, combine butter and sugars and mix until smooth.
- Add in vanilla and eggs and mix until blended.
- Add in 1 ¼ cups flour, sprinkle salt and baking soda over-top and mix until smooth.
- Divide dough in half. add remaining ½ cup of flour to one half and mix until blended.
- Add the cocoa powder to the other half and mix until blended.
- Scoop the "vanilla" dough into balls using a small cookie scoop (fill scoop a little less than full) and place on a piece of parchment paper.
- Do the same with the chocolate dough.
- Take one of each, press them together, flatten them down into a fat disk and roll edges liberally in the chocolate jimmies.
- Place onto a parchment paper lined lined baking sheet, one inch apart (I usually fit 7 per sheet).
- Bake 11 minutes or so or until done to your liking. You don't want edges to brown.
- Allow them to cool on tray for a couple minutes and then using a cookie spatula, transfer them to a cooling rack until completely cool.
- Store in a cookie jar or airtight container and enjoy!