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How-to for Marble Icing on Cookies

Painting beautiful swirls and twirls on cookies is a lot easier than you might think. All you need are two colors of frosting, a piping bag and a toothpick!

Let it dry

When you’ve finished, let the cookie air-dry. Depending on the humidity in your house, this can take as long as 24 hours. Don’t stack the cookies until you’re sure the surface isn’t tacky.

Dip in Royal Icing

For marbled cookies, you need Royal Icing. Royal Icing is a fairly runny icing that dries smooth and hard. For swirls, divide your Royal Icing in two bowls. Tint one, and leave the other white (or tint it a contrasting color). Frost cookies with a solid-color base. The first technique is dipping the cookie facedown into the bowl of icing. Let the excess drip off, then quickly flip the cookie over and set it on a rack.

Spoon on Royal Icing

Another way to apply the base coat is to carefully spoon Royal Icing onto the cookie.

Pipe on Royal Icing

A third technique for icing a base coat is to pipe a border around the cookie using a piping bag or zip-top bag with the tip of one corner snipped off. You can do the border in a contrasting color (pictured) or in the same color as the base color.

Pipe the second color

For a spider web design, pipe a contrasting color over the base color. (The base color should still be wet.) Pipe a spiral starting in the center or concentric circles (pictured). You can also experiment with stripes or polka dots. Each will create a different marbled pattern.

Time to swirl!

Starting in the center, gently pull a toothpick through both colors of icing to swirl the colors together. If you’ve piped polka dots, pull the toothpick in random curves for a casual marbled design. If you’ve piped stripes, pull the toothpick in straight lines perpendicular to the piped stripes for a scalloped pattern. Wipe the toothpick clean as needed.

Let it dry

When you’ve finished, let the cookie air-dry. Depending on the humidity in your house, this can take as long as 24 hours. Don’t stack the cookies until you’re sure the surface isn’t tacky.

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