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Marbled Cookie (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

Marbled Cookie (GF & V)

One part of this dough is flavored with vanilla bean paste and the other with black cocoa and dark chocolate chips. They are scooped and rolled for an eye-catching marbled dough design. You want to know what the best part is? These cookies are gluten-free and vegan so everyone can enjoy them!

Reasons to Love this Cookie

-Gluten Free-I am using King Arthur Gluten-Free flour blend. It is used as a one for one substitute for all purpose flour. I like to bake with this flour as it has a less crumbly texture than using almond flour in baked goods. It still has the slightest crumbly texture at the end of eating the cookie but is pretty much unnoticed by my regular gluten free eating cookie fans.

-Vegan-Violife is the brand of vegan ‘butter’ I am using for this cookie, and it is a winner for baking! I cannot sing it’s praises enough. It feels, tastes, and bakes like dairy butter and I will be using this in more vegan recipes in the future.

-Texture-This cookie bakes up tall and soft. It still has a great chew to it that stays chewy for days after baking. If you are storing these cookies long term, up to a week, they will get crisper around the edges of the cookie.

-Flavor-Who doesn’t love vanilla and chocolate? The vanilla part of the dough has added vanilla bean paste for an extra vanilla flavor, and the chocolate side is flavored with black and dutch processed cocoa with mini dark chocolate chips. These to doughs combined create a very delicious vanilla and chocolate cookie.

Ingredients You Need

Ingredients you will need for this recipe.

-Plant Based Butter-cold. I used VioLife, I also recommend Country Crocks baking sticks and Miyokos sticks  of plant-based butters. If you only have coconut oil or vegan butter spread, make sure it is cold prior to mixing and increase the cornstarch in your recipe to 3 tablespoons. I find that the tubs of vegan butter have more moisture in them and the cookies to spread more.

Currently loving this butter for vegan baking.

-Organic Brown Sugar-vegan friendly sugar

-Pure Cane Sugar-vegan friendly sugar

-Gluten-Free Flour- I am using King Arthur blend of flour. You can use your favorite gluten free flour if it is a one-to-one ratio of all-purpose flour. Bob’s Redmill has a great gluten free flour mix as well. I do not recommend using almond flour, but you can replace up to half of the flour with almond four if you prefer the taste and texture of almond flour in your baked goods.

-Baking Soda & Powder-these are important in this recipe since we are not using eggs. It will help the cookie bake up nice and tall.

-Plant-Based Milk-Because there are no eggs in this cookie recipe, I am using plant-based milk for added moisture in the dough. I am a huge fan of Ripple plant-based milks. Their plant-based half and half milk honestly got me through most of my dairy free journey. If you have a plant-based protein drink, even better since the protein in the drink will help the structure of the cookie. When I reworked this recipe on the second try, I used Ripple vanilla shake and was very pleased with the results of the cookie.

-Cornstarch- I use only a tablespoon in this recipe to soften the dough and keep it tall and doughy. Often, I find that baking gluten free means that texture is sacrificed, and a lot of baked goods fall flat without the structure of gluten to keep them tall and fluffy. I still wanted a tall cookie that wasn’t flat, and cornstarch helps achieve that.

-Black Cocoa powder- I love the intense dark color and mild flavor this cocoa gives these cookies. If you don’t have this available to you, you can use any unsweetened cocoa powder as a substitute.

-Mini Chocolate Chips-I am using mini chocolate chips from the brand Enjoy Life. They have a range of allergy free chocolate chips, and the flavor of their chocolate is great. The mini chips are nice to use since we are scooping very small portions of dough to achieve a marbled effect and the mini chips don’t get in the way.

These are my top two dairy-free chocolate chips at the moment.

-Salt-I’m using a very small amount of salt in this recipe because the butter is salted, and I don’t want the dough to be too salty.

Let’s Make Cookies

I start with cold butter and cream on high with the sugars for at least 3-5 minutes. I like for my butter and sugar mixture to be light, fluffy, and creamy. Cold butter helps the cookies stay taller during baking and is important when using plant-based butters since most have a lower melting point than butter.

Next, I add the vanilla extract and plant-based milk and continue to mix until incorporated.

In a separate bowl I sift the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cornstarch. I mix the flour in until it just comes together into a soft dough.

I give the dough a few turns by hand with a spatula making sure the bottom of the bowl is mixed thoroughly.

I then dived the dough equally between two bowls. In one bowl I add the vanilla bean paste and mix in.

In the other bowl add the cocoa powder and mini chocolate chips and mix thoroughly by hand.

Alternating small scoops of cookie dough from each bowl to create a marbled cookie effect.

Using a three-ounce scoop, I scoop a very small portion of the vanilla dough onto the edge of the scoop. I then scoop a small amount of the chocolate dough and continue alternating between the two doughs until my cookie scoop is full of marbled dough.

I release the dough onto a parchment lined baking tray and roll them between my palms to smooth out the edges.

I continue to repeat these steps for the remaining cookie dough. It does take a little more time than just scooping dough, but the results are so fun, it makes it worth it. It took me about 10 minutes to scoop all the dough. This recipe makes 18 cookies.

Mesmerizing swirls of vanilla and chocolate.

**Please refer to videos on my InstagramFacebook , and Pinterest for visuals on how I stuff these cookies and make marbled cookie dough**

I refrigerate the dough for an hour before baking to allow the plant-based butter to firm up. You can leave them in the fridge overnight or you can freeze the dough as well for up to 3 months.

I bake these at 375*F for 12-14 minutes. They won’t necessarily be golden brown since the marbling of the chocolate dough will mask the color but a good way to tell the cookies are done is when they are puffed up and the edges look dry.

Baked to perfection.

The cookies puff up during baking but as they cool will sink down slightly. They have a wonderful crispy edge because of this.

Delicious cookies that bake up tall, chewy, and thick.

I love the pattern and alternating flavors of vanilla and chocolate in this cookie, and the melty chocolate chips are wonderful as well. I also love that I can bake these for so many more people to enjoy and share my cookies!

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Marbled Cookies (Vegan & Gluten Free)

One part of this dough is flavored with vanilla bean paste and the other with black cocoa and mini chocolate chips. They are scooped and rolled for an eye-catching marbled dough design. You want to know what the best part is? These cookies are gluten free and vegan so everyone can enjoy them!
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 18


  • cups Gluten-Free Flour I used King Arthur brand
  • 1 cup plant-based baking butter I used VioLife salted vegan butter, cold
  • ¾ cup organic brown sugar
  • ¼ cup pure cane sugar
  • 2 tbsp plant-based milk I love Ripple brand of dairy free milk
  • 2 tspns vanilla extract
  • ¾ tspn baking powder
  • ½ tspn baking soda
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp black cocoa powder
  • 1 tspn vanilla bean paste
  • cup mini chocolate chips I used Enjoy Life semisweet mini chips


  • Combine butter and sugars in stand mixer and cream together for 5 minutes.
  • Add vanilla extract and plant-based milk, mix well on low until combined.
  • In a bowl sift together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add to the mixer on low and mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Separate dough equally into two bowls. Add vanilla paste to one bowl and the cocoa and chips to the other bowl. Mix thorthoroughly.
  • Using a three ounce cookie scoop, scoop small amounts of dough in the scoop alternating between vanilla and chocolate until the cookie scoop is full of marbled dough.
  • Release dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet and roll between palms to smooth out the edges. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  • Refrigerate dough for an hour and up to overnight.
  • Bake at 375* F for 12-14 minutes. Allow to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to wire rack to cool.
  • Enjoy!


Everyone can enjoy these cookies that are made with vegan butter and gluten free flour. They are soft, chewy, and filled with chocolate and vanilla flavor. These will stay fresh for up to a week in a tightly sealed container.
Keyword cookies, gluten free, marbled cookies, vegan

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