In today’s post, you’ll learn how to make marbled royal icing on sugar cookies.
This swirly method of decorating cookies is such a fun project. I’ll show you just how easy it really is! Marbled cookies are my new favorite thing! The best part about these cookies is they are seriously so easy to make. Just bake up your sugar cookies, mix up your royal icing and DIP DIP DIP! Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. Read my full disclosure policy here for more details. As an Amazon Affiliate I earn from qualifying purchases.
Here is the step by step tutorial for this easy and fun project.
Here’s What You’ll Need
Begin with a prepared cookie.
You’ll need a baked cookie. An excellent recipe for the cookies and for the royal icing is available in my FREE Resource Library. You can get the password for the library by filling out the form at the bottom of this post.
First, Bake Your Sugar Cookies
You’re going to want to pre-bake your cookies. For my marbled cookies, I went with simple star shapes. I used my no-spread sugar cookie dough. This sugar cookie dough is awesome because it’s no-chill, it always holds it’s shape, is genuinely delicious and stays soft and fresh for days.
Once they where baked, I set them aside to cool.
Next, Make Your Royal Icing
I diluted all my royal icing down to top-coat consistency (15 second icing). To make 15 second icing, add water to about 2 cups of royal icing, 1 tsp at a time. Stir until smooth then pick up a big glob and drizzle it back into the bowl. Count how long it takes for the glob to go flat. Keep adding water until it goes flat in 15 seconds. It’s important to add ONLY 1 tsp at a time, because it thins rather quickly sometimes.
Finally, Make Your Marbled Cookies
Now we’re getting to the fun part! Time to dip our cookies to get that beautiful marbled effect! All you have to do drizzle some of your colored royal icing over your white. Put a good bit of white in your plate. Then add a bit of blue.
Then a bit of red royal icing.
Swirl the colors together with a toothpick or icing scribe. Just a bit though. You want the individual colors to shine through.
Hold your sugar cookie between your thumb and forefinger, and dip the top of the cookie straight onto the top of the royal icing. Tap each edge with your finger to ensure the icing actually touched all cookie parts and then just lift straight up.
Then shake off the excess or you can give it a little swipe with your finger. If any runs over the edge you can clean that up with your finger pretty easily. Then just set the cookie onto a cooling rack to dry. Easy-Peasy!
I just love how the marbled look changes with each dip! If you start to lose color, just add some more blue or red. Resist the urge to mix your colors up too much or you’ll ruin the marbled icing effect.
I just love how these turned out. I think I’ll be doing a lot more cookie dipping!
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You can marble the dough instead, if you prefer. Here’s an excellent tutorial for that!
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