If you’ve tried cookies like these before you know how simple they are to make, and if you haven’t, you’re about to find out just how easy they are to create.
It’s a decorating technique called marbling, feathering or swirling, which is basically when one or more colors of icing are applied to a base coat of icing, and then a toothpick is dragged through the icing to create a marbled effect.
If you’d like to try them, I have a tutorial for you below, and you prefer video, you can find one on marbling here.
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Marbled Christmas Cookie Ornament Tutorial
If you’d like to try making these, here’s what you’ll need…
*Once you’ve cut out your cookie shapes, make sure you cut a hole out as well.
- Christmas Ornaments Cookie Cutters
- Piping Tips
- Piping Bag Coupler
- Piping Bags
- Icing Bag Ties (You can use elastic bands too)
- Food Gel Coloring
Decorating the Cookies
If you’d like to try the marbled effect, the most important thing for your success is the consistency of the icing. To help you with that, my cookie decorating tutorial goes over some tips and the 10-second rule here.
Once you have your cookies baked and icing made, it’s time to begin by piping your outline. I like to use a piping bag fitted with a coupler and #2 tip.
Let the outline dry for a few minutes to create a solid border. You’ll be able to see the border somewhat when the icing dries, so alternately you could fill or flood your cookie in right after piping the outline.
Once you’ve filled the whole cookie in, shake it gently left to right on your work surface, to help smooth the icing out.
Pipe Lines – Wet on Wet Piping
Add your second (or more), layers or colors of icing. Work as quickly as you can before the icing sets.
Take a toothpick and drag it through the icing. In this case I drew S-like shapes. The image above shows which direction I dragged the toothpick in. Each combination of colors creates another look. Just by changing the way you set up your lines and drag the toothpick, completely different designs emerge.
Once the marbled icing has had time to set (at least 15 minutes), pipe the grey icing at the top of the ornament, let that set and pipe a few line details.
Have fun playing around with different marbling patterns!
If you prefer video, I’ve got a video tutorial on marbling here for you to watch.
Dry your cookies out (check out tip #1 in this post on how to do that) and hang them in a Christmas tree…
or dangle them as a garland of sorts.
If you’d like a little info. on the cookies I’ve shown here which aren’t marbled, below are some tutorial links.
The gingerbread girl and boy, based on a set of stickers you can also find here (I made cookies from the designs a few weeks ago), are royal icing transfers.
If you’d like to learn more about them, here are a few posts on making royal icing transfers:
Kind of hard to see in the photos, but I have a few line cookie ornaments hanging in there as well.
You can find a video on piping lines here.
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