Dec 15


Brunelli Bedding & Colorful Christmas Cookies

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Colorful, happy, bright and whimsical… Aptly named Bonheur (the French word for happiness), today’s Christmas cookies were inspired by my beautiful new quilt and bedding from Brunelli.

I’d been searching for this very color combination and pretty look for quite some time, for our guest room bedding, and was delighted to come across Brunelli quilts in a local shop, and was happy to see an even wider selection on their site. Brunelli is a Canadian company established in Quebec which has been creating, importing and distributing bedding products for nearly 20 years. Important to know is that Brunelli sells exclusively to retailers across Canada, so check with their “Find a retailer” form to see where you can find their products as well.

Besides gorgeous quilts, duvet covers, sheets, curtains and more lovely home decor, Brunelli sells hypo allergenic duvets, which I thought important to have for our guests. A few members of our families have feather allergies, and I’m happy to report that the bedding has been perfect for them. Now all we need is a headboard, some side tables I’m still looking around for, and I’ll share the rest of the room renovations with you.


Colorful Christmas Cookies

I feel I should give you a little warning {grin}, lots of swirly lines and bright colors below.

The icing colors and tree designs were also inspired by DCWV scrapbooking paper I found at Michael’s this season. I couldn’t find a link for you on line, but the theme is called Jolly Whimsy, if you’d like to check it out. {Instagram photo below}.

The cookies are fairly simple designs easy to create for the new cookie decorator.

If you’re new to cookie decorating, I’ll share some starter links for you here, and you’re welcome to check out my video section, FAQ’s and tutorials.

A good royal icing is important, and I’ve experiment quite a bit to find my favorite recipe.

Next, royal icing consistency makes a difference. If you’d like a smooth look, here’s a video on how I find the consistency.

If you’re a visual learner like I am, you might like this video on how to outline and fill your cookie with icing.

A common question I hear – “How do you let your iced cookies dry?”. Here’s a video for you on that too.

And lastly, another common question, “How far ahead can I decorate my cookies”, is answered here.

Notes on these cookies:

A few notes about the cookies here… the swirls are easy enough to pipe if you know a few key tips. Find those hints here.

The stars are made of fondant cut out with a small star cutter, and coated in disco dust. Important to note is that disco dust is considered non-toxic, but for food decorative purposes only. Make sure your gingerbread cookie recipients know to remove the disco dust items on the ones which have it.

And last but not least, these cookies are gingerbread (my Christmas favorite!), and the recipe can be found here.

You may be able to tell with all the photos, that I had a great time playing around with icing swirls and all the playful designs. I hope you have fun decorating too, and join me in the comment section below if you have any questions or comments!



{Instagram Pic}


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  1. December 16, 2013 at 7:33 am | Permalink

    Marian, those tall, modern tree cutters are beautiful. Where did you get them?

    • marian
      December 16, 2013 at 8:48 am | Permalink

      I know, I love them… They’re from

  2. December 16, 2013 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    Hi Marian,
    Lovely as always. Happy Holidays!

    • marian
      December 16, 2013 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

      Happy holidays to you as well, Asmita! xo

  3. December 16, 2013 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    Marion, you are an inspiration to all of us. I am happy you are in my life.

    • marian
      December 16, 2013 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

      Aww, Esther, and I’m happy you’re in *mine*! Maybe one day I’ll actually make it out east. :)

  4. December 16, 2013 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    Those holiday cookies look amazing!

    • marian
      December 16, 2013 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Kevin!

  5. Patti
    December 16, 2013 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    Marina, CookieQueenExtraordinaire, LOVING your modern twist trees and ALL the cookies! Just beautiful! You do swirl lines like a CHAMPION!!!!!!! :)
    Hugs and Happy Holidays,Patti

    • marian
      December 16, 2013 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

      Patti, you are so cute! Thanks for visiting me here and happy holidays to you! xo

  6. December 16, 2013 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    beautiful, beautiful, as always, Marian!!

  7. Maria Theresia
    December 16, 2013 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    oh my… so beautiful! I love them all.
    you are the most amazing,hard working decorater!
    have a wonderful week.

  8. December 16, 2013 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    So cute Marian!!

  9. December 16, 2013 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    These might be some of my favourite cookies of yours -ever! Loving the whimsical colours. And that bedding is adorable!

  10. December 16, 2013 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    So pretty!

  11. Julie S
    December 16, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    I love the trees! What colour of green did you use?

    • marian
      December 16, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

      Hi Julia,
      It’s avocado green by Americolor.

  12. December 16, 2013 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    Marian, you always inspire me! These are absolutely gorgeous. (=

  13. Pamela Cassidy
    December 16, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    Hi Marian, These cookies are beautiful! Where did you get the adorable swaying christmas tree cutters? Love them!

    • marian
      December 16, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

      Hi Pamela,
      The tree cutter is from

  14. Elizabeth
    December 16, 2013 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    The edges on your cookies are flawless. Do you bake your cookies in a sheet pan and THEN use the cookie cutters?

  15. Dot
    December 16, 2013 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    These are soooo stinking cute Marian! Merry Christmas :)

    • marian
      December 17, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Dot! You toooo! xo

  16. December 17, 2013 at 4:28 am | Permalink

    “Colorful, happy, bright and whimsical”

    Ohhh yes!
    LOVE these cookies, Marian!!

    Definitely HAPPY cookies in my opinion, they would make anybody happy!

    Love the tree cookie with the snow..I love “dripping” snow on cookies or cake pops…Absolutely wonderful!

    The bedding…SO cute, wish we had Brunelli over here in Germany.

    Thanks for such a happy post, missie.
    niner :)

    • marian
      December 17, 2013 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

      Thanks so much, Niner! Maybe one day you can visit and stay over – the guest bedroom Brunelli bedding will be yours! ;-)

    December 17, 2013 at 7:23 am | Permalink


    • marian
      December 17, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

      Gracias Rosa!

  18. Penni
    December 17, 2013 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    My daughter has Bonheure too! Where did you get the striped duvet cover? Do you have the brand and name? Thanks! Your cookies are beautiful!

  19. Roshini
    December 17, 2013 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    Love them all. So cute as always

  20. December 17, 2013 at 5:22 pm | Permalink


    You were one of the first cookie blogs I visited when I started out a few years ago……….you know you are in the presence of a truly gifted person when as you progress through your craft you are still inspired by your original “teacher”. I think you and Callye will always be mine.

    • marian
      December 17, 2013 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Roshini!

      And VIcki, thanks for the “awwww, so nice” warm fuzzy. ;-)

  21. December 17, 2013 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

    Such beautiful Christmas cookies & I LOVE that bedding.

  22. December 21, 2013 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    Love, love, love those cookies!
    They are absolutely beautiful and might be my favourite christmas winter design!
    Especially the trees with the swirls! Oh so cute!

    Might try them out tomorrow, if there’s time!

    Thanks for another great post!


  23. Ruth de cabrera
    December 28, 2013 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    Hi marian i love your cookie desingns they are gorgeous. I wonder how you avoid bubbles when doing lines or small drops; i use the stencil with drops but they always turn out with a hole in the middle and i dont know what to do with the outlines because sometimes they also have the same holes problem. Also what can I do with the color red to avoid tresspassing the white one i use Ateco.
    Thanks in advance marian i hope you can help me with those questions

  24. Ray
    January 1, 2014 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    Hello, first I want to say your Christmas cookies look great! How long in advance do you start to make these cookies and what do you do to keep them fresh?

    Thank you for in advance for you reply.

  25. Valerie
    February 6, 2014 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    I contacted ecrandal about the small wavy cookie cutter. They said it’s not theirs. It’s the one that looks like it belongs in Who Land. Do you know where it came from, I can’t find one anywhere.

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