Dec 23


Pastel Christmas Cookies & Barn Light Electric Graniteware Bowls

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Last batch of cookies for this year! Chocolate sugar cookies covered in pastel royal icing, ready to hand out in my new Barn Light Electric enamelware bowls.

Inspired by their beautiful delphite blue color as part of the color palette for these cookies, the bowls are not only for show, I loved using them to mix my icing colors in.

I really can’t say enough positive things about Barn Light Electric enamelware bowls and their other products (a post on their lighting in our home coming soon) – everything is hand crafted, the quality is absolutely excellent and I adore their style!

You can see all their gorgeous items here, and take advantage of their 12 Days of Christmas sale! 10% off storewide plus free shipping on all orders! It goes from December 23rd to January 3rd. Enter MERRY13 at checkout.

As for these chocolate sugar cookies covered with royal icing, they were really such easy cookies to decorate.

I shared the first layer with you on Instagram, and a few of you said you’d keep them simple just like this…

And I tend to agree, but of course, couldn’t stop myself from decorating further.

My next question to you was regarding the striped stars, I asked on Instagram and Facebook whether or not I should add sugar pearls to the star tips and I received about an even number of “Yes, add them”, and “No, don’t add them.” Sooo, I left them as is this time. What do you think? Would you add sugar pearls?

Thanks to Sweet! Cupcakes and Treats for the striped star idea! Her pastel Christmas cookies are so pretty!

And to Teatro Verde for further pastel color palette inspiration I found in their mini Christmas wreath.

If you’d like to decorate some cookies and need a few basics, you can find some videos I’ve made on YouTube, a FAQ page, and more cookie decorating tutorials here.

Please feel free to drop me a line below or on Facebook, Pinterest etc.

Merry Christmas to you!



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  1. December 23, 2013 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    So so cute!! And I love my Barn Light Bowls. 🙂

  2. December 23, 2013 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    Love those pretty pastel colors!!

  3. Anita
    December 23, 2013 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    I love cookies! Merry Christmas.

  4. December 23, 2013 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    Love the colours! I think they are perfect just the way they are- no pearls necessary 🙂

    Merry CHristmas to you too! 🙂

  5. Clairmarie Kelly
    December 23, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    So pretty! No pearls necessary with such beautiful work! How do u get the sugar sprinkles so even on the star edges? Just beautiful!

  6. Erin
    December 23, 2013 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    I love love love love these! Do you color the icing with gel food dye? If so, what colors did you use to get those pretty pastels?

  7. December 23, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    These are perfect for the holidays!

  8. December 23, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    Pretty pretty. All of it, the bowls and the cookies. Yum.

  9. December 23, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    I love pastel Colors for Christmas ! I did all my cookies in pastels and did not mix one drop of red or green icing this season.

  10. December 23, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful cookies and love the pastel colors. Happy Holidays and a Merry Chritmas
    Best wishes xx

  11. Robin
    December 23, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    I notice you use the same color green in several of your cookie decorations. How do you get that color of green?

  12. December 23, 2013 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    These are precious, love the pastels, and I love those bowls! I’m going to buy them today as a Christmas present for myself. A girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do! 🙂

  13. Patti
    December 23, 2013 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    Marian CookieQueenExtraordinaire……..
    these are beautiful!!!!!! Merry Christmas!!!!

  14. katia
    December 23, 2013 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

    Marian, your cookies couldn’t be any cuter!!
    Happy Holidays 🙂

  15. Marilyn
    December 23, 2013 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

    Marian, your Christmas cookies are splendid as usual. You are such an inspiration! I embarked on a cookie decorating extravaganza yesterday. I studied your photos and watched a couple of your videos to refesh my memory on flooding etc. Ready, set and the power kicked out! We got hit hard by the ice storm. I persevered and worked on them this morning. Some cookies turned out better than others. “Sweetopia” is my inspiration and I’m so amazed by your talents. Look forward to your posts in 2014! Merry Christmas and may the new year be filled with many blessings. ~Marilyn

  16. December 24, 2013 at 9:10 am | Permalink

    Your cookies never cease to amaze me! Sooooo adorable! Have a wonderful Christmas with your family! xoxo

  17. December 24, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    These are so cute and perfect for Christmas!! Merry Christmas to you and your family! xox

  18. Marsha Shaw
    December 24, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    Great colors and the chocolate cookies are yummy!

  19. Teresa Davis
    December 25, 2013 at 4:45 am | Permalink

    Count me as astounded by the pretty pastels. I too, don’t have a clue how to get the colors so perfect. Please do let us know which food colors you used.
    Merry Chrismas

  20. December 25, 2013 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    You are such an inspiration. Hope to see you again this year at the FBC2014. Merry Christmas!

  21. Karyn
    December 25, 2013 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    So dan cute! You have been my inspiration.! Where did you get the snowman cookie cutter? I used a bowling pin cookie cutter for my snowman… I couldn’t find the one you used.

    Thanks for your postings, inspiration, and for being so darn awesome! Merry Christmas!

  22. January 2, 2014 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    Your cookies are beautiful. Mine never look that good, but then I have the grandkids decorating and they’re about dumping sprinkles & licking fingers. Thanks for coming to my blog-

  23. January 10, 2014 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    I wish I found these before Christmas so I could have tried to make them. They’re beautiful!

  24. January 12, 2014 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    It’s so nice to see Christmas cookies decorated in pastels rather than bright red and green. Such a refreshing take. 🙂

  25. February 18, 2014 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    These are adorable, look tasty and perfect! I love the colors you chose, great pictures!

  26. Andrea
    February 19, 2014 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    I am checking the date of this post and it has been done almost two months ago. I am hoping that this finds you in good health and that you are just taking time off to move into a newly remodeled home

    • marian
      March 11, 2014 at 11:58 am | Permalink

      Hi Andrea, thank you so much for noticing. 😉 All is well, just busy with work and life in general. Hope to be blogging soon!

  27. Marilyn
    March 13, 2014 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    Yeah Marian, have been checking for updates from you. Relieved and delighted to see a post from you. You are missed! Can’t wait for more inspiration from Sweetopia!

    • marian
      April 15, 2014 at 6:40 am | Permalink

      Thank you Marilyn! I appreciate you coming to visit me and here and leaving me comments! I hope to be back in full swing soon. xoxo

  28. Marina
    April 11, 2014 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    I am so happy I found your site and your tutorials, they’ve been everything I was looking for! These Christmas cookies are so elegant, now I feel so sad for not having this before Christmas.. Since I am new here, are there any Easter ideas?

    • marian
      April 15, 2014 at 6:41 am | Permalink

      Hi Marina, welcome!
      If you type Easter in the search bar near the top of my site, there are a few pages of ideas (the 2nd page has more)… Let me know if you have any trouble finding them. xo

  29. Christine Beelen
    August 22, 2014 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

    HI Marian:

    The colours are so pretty. When you have a moment, would you please let me know what brand of gel paste you use and the colours.

    With thanks, Christine

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