Sep 06


Decorated Princess Cookies

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What does a decorated cookie and plants have to do with each other?

plants in garden

I’ll have to back up a bit and explain.

I am not a gardener.  I do love being outside, can appreciate the beauty of plants & flowers and will get into it once I get started… but it’s not like I love gardening and feel an urge to get out there.

Needless to say, my garden is in sore need of some tending.

(I’m too embarassed to show you the full pics).

Or at least it did.

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When my neighbour Stacey asked if I could make some princess cookies for her daughter Abby’s birthday party, I thought an ‘exchange of services’ might be a good idea.  She loves gardening, I love making cookies.

(And I have quite a lot of garden which needed some love.  Thanks Stacey!).

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These are some pics of the princess cookies I ended up making for the party.

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The recipes for the sugar cookies and royal icing are from Peggy Porschen’s Pretty Party Cakes. A ‘how to decorate cookies tutorial’ can be found here.  Some cookies I pipe freehand and for some, I need a little help.  😉  That’s where this pricey, yet invaluable KopyKake drawing projector comes in handy.  I’ll be showing you how to use it in a future tutorial.

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I really need to learn how to take pictures.  Some of these were taken with artificial lighting, and some near a window for natural light.  Those look a bit ‘colder’.

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ribbon sweetopia

I was inspired by stickers and this ribbon in terms of design and fun colors.

Picnik collage 1

Resisting the sparkles was futile; I did end up using disco dust again.  If you’d like to use it, sprinkle the dust on while the royal icing is wet.  Gently shake off the excess and tidy up the edges with a paintbrush when the cookies are dry.  For other examples see here and here.


Happy Birthday Princess Abby!

abby and claire2

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  1. September 6, 2009 at 8:32 am | Permalink

    Wow, your cookies are always amazing! Looks perfect!! 🙂

  2. September 6, 2009 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    These cookies are magical!!! Love them! *and look how excited the girls are…Awwwww* Too cute.

  3. Landa
    September 6, 2009 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    Everything is beautiful!

  4. September 6, 2009 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHH, I found them!!! Oh, I am going to have to try my hand at these! wow, wow, wow, wow, wow!!! I am so impressed. I wish I would have thought of these. They are so cute, and I am actually embarrassed at mine after seeing these. You continue to amaze me!

  5. September 6, 2009 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    oh my god!! they are so cute!!

  6. RossanaPantaleo
    September 6, 2009 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    So cute! beautiful cookies, great job!

  7. September 6, 2009 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    The most beautiful princess cookies that I have ever seen! You should enter one of those contests on the Food Network. You are that talented.

  8. Glory
    September 6, 2009 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    Oh each one is just so adoable!! I love the glitter (disco dust) you used, and each design you did is really perfect! I wish you I could see the castle one a little better, I really like that one. Great job!
    Glory (Flickr- Glorious Treats)

  9. September 6, 2009 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    Aw, thank you so much for your comments!! I appreciate them!

  10. nikki
    September 6, 2009 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

    hi marian,
    once again another few stunner! The details are so fine. Did you use the Kopycake thingamegigger to do the pictures? Well done you are so clever.

  11. Marian
    September 7, 2009 at 3:46 am | Permalink

    Thanks Nikki! I did use that thingamegigger -like that word 🙂 … there’s a link to it in the post now. Thanks!

  12. Susana
    September 7, 2009 at 4:47 am | Permalink

    So beautifull and delicate job! These are indeed cookies for a princess ! 🙂 Love your work

  13. Kimberly
    September 7, 2009 at 5:42 am | Permalink

    Once again! Perfection at its best! Can’t wait to see you tomorrow.

  14. September 7, 2009 at 7:14 am | Permalink

    I LOVE your cookies – they are so cute and the run-out´s are so sharp!

  15. September 7, 2009 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    oooohhhh Marian….. I cant believe what I’m seeing.
    you are the best and most creative talented person in the world.
    I love all your work.

  16. September 7, 2009 at 8:56 am | Permalink


  17. September 7, 2009 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    I want to eat your website… No, I’m not a maniac–but your website is just too BAKING DELICIOUS!

  18. September 7, 2009 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    Fantastically Executed!! What a delight for the eyes and I can positively assume the mouth. 😉

  19. September 7, 2009 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    I found my way here from Tasty Kitchen. I absolutely LOVE these cookies…you’ve got such a great talent!

  20. September 7, 2009 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    Aw sheesh, thanks so much *blush* for the comments!

  21. September 7, 2009 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    Wow! These are ADORABLE! Any kid would be in heaven with these cookies! How did you get the black edges so detailed? You are very talented!

  22. September 7, 2009 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    Those are absolutely gorgeous. I love your work. It is just so perfect! I can’t stop looking at your creations. I’m addicted!

  23. September 7, 2009 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    Oh myyyyyyyyy! They are so adorable and too cute to be eaten! I even want them myself! 😀 You’re so fantastic and bursting with creativity! Would love to have you as neighbor too 😉

  24. Verono
    September 7, 2009 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    Wow, those cookies are AMAZING !!!

  25. Fascination
    September 7, 2009 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    Your cookies are adorable.
    I am always amazed how an inspiration for something as simple as ribbon can inspire someone to be so creative!
    I love the the faces on the princess & the frog. what a smile!
    The placement of the dust really brings out the detail. Great work

  26. babskitchen
    September 8, 2009 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    Those are adorable. I hope you’ll show step-by-step how you made them.

  27. September 8, 2009 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    Those are just adorable!!

    I’m sure you already know this, but some of the photography packages have a really easy light balance fixer on them, I just use windows photo editing, but flickr has the capability too.

  28. September 8, 2009 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    Thank you all so much for the comments! Jenny, I’m fairly new to photography and editing, so I’m not exactly sure how to do that; but I’ll find out. Thanks for the tip!

  29. Jaz
    September 11, 2009 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    Oh my goodness!!!!! Those are the prettiest cookies I have ever seen!!!!! Do you take orders??? Would you take orders???

  30. September 11, 2009 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    Those are amazing!
    Do you use super tiny pastry tips? Like #0 and #00

  31. September 11, 2009 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    Jaz: I’m not taking orders right now, but thanks for asking and for the compliment!

    Laura C: I used piping tips #’s 1 and 2. #1 for outling and #2 for filling in. Thanks for the compliment!!

  32. September 13, 2009 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    There are absolutely no words to say how incredibly wonderful these princess cookies are!!!!!! Unbelievable!! You are a goddess!!!! : )

    ~ Wendy

  33. Ram
    October 27, 2009 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

    What do you use for the glitters or sugar to stick on the design of the cookies?

  34. October 28, 2009 at 5:16 am | Permalink

    Ram; I use disco dust. I sprinkle it on when the icing is wet.

  35. Ram
    October 28, 2009 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    Thanks, Marian. I adore your works, they’re perfect!

  36. Prue
    October 29, 2009 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    Marian, I came across your website today and your cookies are without a doubt the prettiest I’ve ever seen! Your Princess cookies are absolutely magical and have inspired me to get practicing for my nieces 5th birthday next year! Your talent is extraordinary! 🙂

  37. Rebecca
    December 8, 2009 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    I was curious where you get your images from? Do you just dream them up yourself, or is there a site that you use? Thanks!

  38. December 8, 2009 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    Rebecca, I get my inspiration from everywhere! These came from stickers and ribbon color inspiration.

  39. syi
    December 26, 2009 at 2:30 am | Permalink

    Your cookies are sooo adorable =)
    I am always amazed with ur work…

  40. Rebekah
    January 7, 2010 at 11:47 pm | Permalink

    Seriously Amazing! Love the frogs & the princess. Really hoping you will make the tutorial about the kopykat thingy soon! 🙂

  41. January 11, 2010 at 5:59 am | Permalink

    HI!! These are magnificant!! I absolutely love them.. would love to try those princesses out! Just showed my daughter…and oohh I hope I don’t disappoint her.. how did you get the cheeks to look rosey???

  42. January 11, 2010 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    Thanks Kelli!
    I used luster dust (it’s a powder), dipped a clean paintbrush used only for that purpose, and painted/dusted the cheeks on.

  43. January 16, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    Seriously, so cute! I am impressed!

  44. January 16, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    how is it possible that your cookies get cuter each time?

  45. January 16, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    These cookies are magical!!Fantastic!!!
    I adore your works.

  46. January 17, 2010 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    To say you have talent is an understatement. These are marvelously whimsical and are one of those treats kids will always remember!

  47. January 17, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    I saw these via The Tom Kat Studio Blog where they were featured and had to click through. These are too adorable, love the glitter

  48. January 17, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    so tried these out and LOVE THEM…let me just say… this is the perfect way for the mom/baker in me to have an outlet for that artsy painter side!!! I loved doing this project…and my daughter loved the results! I made these on wax paper..dried them…then topped some cupcake with them!!!! CUTE!!!!! Thank you!!!
    I can’t find that luster powder anywhere!!!! I am so bummed! Could it be found under another name???


  49. January 17, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    okay sorry..I just read above…and clicked on the link for disco dust!! I’ve never heard of that..but will def. try it out!!

  50. denise
    January 17, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    It is truly a hand of an artist to be able to do such detail artwork…..WOW!!!!!!

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