Dec 21


{Video} How to Marble or Swirl Royal Icing

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I finally dipped my toe into video blogging; here’s a how-to on marbling, swirling , or feathering royal icing on cookies:

Click here if you can’t see the video.


If you’d like to see more images and information on marbling, click here.


If you’d like to try making these, here’s what you’ll need…


What you’ll need to make marbled decorated cookies:


And it’s about time I made my first video tutorial for the University of Cookie!

I was honored and pleased as punch (yes, I did say pleased as punch), to be invited by Bridget to be a “professor” there.  If you haven’t seen U of C, It’s full of all kinds of super cookie decorating tips from other U of C professors; I recommend you check them out here!

For those of you prefer images to my video, here’s a step-by-step of how cookies are marbled:







Now that I’ve dipped my toes into the video blogging world, I’ll be doing videos here and there.  Please leave me a comment below letting me know:

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  1. Leah Nordin
    April 15, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    Just love your videos and useful tips! I never knew baking cookies could be so fun! Thank you, Thank you! oh and my KIDS thank you :)

  2. marian
    April 15, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    Thanks everyone for your lovely comments!

  3. Yvonne
    April 20, 2013 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Marian for all the tips. It really helps a lot.

  4. Joanne
    September 2, 2013 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

    Found your site on Pinterest! Love your site…Thank you

  5. Cheryl
    October 9, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    Please do a video on your kitchenaid cookies I’ve just ordered a cookie cutter and would love to see how u make the work of art I hope one day I can be as good as you xxxx

  6. Kelly
    November 23, 2013 at 4:28 am | Permalink

    Thank you for your tutorial. Can’t wait to wow my family and friends with gorgeous cookie designs !!!

  7. Beverly Robinson
    November 26, 2013 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

    Your website and videos are just right. A good combination of theory and practice. I love decorating, and I’m always interested in learning. Thank you for sharing your experience.

  8. Amy
    December 3, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    Love your marbling, I can’t wait to try it this season. Can you stack your cookies without the royal icing smudging? I need to travel across the country with my cookies this year. I need a durable icing!

    Thank you!!

  9. jocelyn
    December 12, 2013 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for your wonderful videos. I can’t wait to start decorating!

  10. Amanda
    December 19, 2013 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    Thank you very much for your tutorial! I am using your sugar cookie and royal icing recipes for my Christmas cookies as well as this marbling technique. I hope my cookies turn out as beautiful as yours!

    December 20, 2013 at 3:01 am | Permalink

    Thank you for your tutorial from Italy!

  12. Jennifer
    November 13, 2014 at 11:52 pm | Permalink

    After you put the frosting on. Do you bake? Or do you bake first, then cool, then frost?

  13. November 23, 2014 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    If that isn’t your style, consider jeans, a polo shirt and a nice clean pair of tennis shoes. Women can wear similar outfits.

  14. Cathy Seymour
    December 10, 2014 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    Thank You! for sharing. I hope to take what I have hopefully learned from the video and put it to work. It will be fun.

  15. June 2, 2015 at 2:40 am | Permalink

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