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Marbled Christmas Ornament Cookies

Today I’m going to show you how to decorate festive Marbled Christmas Ornament Cookies for holidays in a pinch. With this easy royal icing decorating technique you’ll create cookies that will be the talk of the holiday party. Let me show how to make them.

Chocolate cookies shaped like round Christmas ornaments decorated with marbled royal icing displayed on a red plate.

updated post form 2018


Making beautiful cookies doesn’t have to take hours. Royal icing marbling is one of those easy and effective techniques you can use when you don’t have a whole day to create stunning cookies.


Prepare cookie dough using my Vanilla Sugar Cookie Recipe or Chocolate Sugar Cookie Recipe (or use both) and bake sugar cookies. Let the cookies cool completely before decorating. Store in an airtight container if not using right away.


Prepare icing using my recipe for Royal Icing. Beat till icing is thick. Be sure to cover icing with a food wrap or a damp paper towel to prevent it from crusting.

TIP : Don’t use oil based extracts to flavor royal icing.

How much icing do you need? Depending on the amount of cookies you are making you can either make a half batch or a full batch royal icing recipe. If you plan on making over 36 cookies using a lot of different colors I’d recommend using a full batch.

Reserve about 1/2 cup of stiff icing, rest you can thin to about 15 second consistency. Divide icing into small bowls and color icing with gel food colors. Pour icing into piping bags and tie a knot on each bag or use a handy bag tape sealer. (look in the tools section at the bottom of the post)

Undecorated chocolate cookies and piping bags filled with royal icing on a white background.


To decorate Marbled Christmas Ornament Cookies I used variety of colors of 15 Second Consistency Royal Icing : Red, Light Green, Dark Green, Light Blue, White, Light Pink, Dark Pink, Gray. GET CREATIVE, USE YOUR OWN COLOR COMBINATIONS

To make ornament cap I used a Medium Stiff Consistency Royal Icing : Color 1/2 cup of white stiff icing with light brown ( you can prepare light brown by mixing red and green together. Add a minuscule amount of red and green gel color into white icing and mix well.

What is 15 second consistency?

To achieve flood consistency add few drops of water to stiff icing, stir and gradually add more water until you reach 15 consistency icing. To test if your icing is the correct consistency run a spatula thru icing. Watch and count how long it takes for the separation line to disappear. It should take about 15 seconds.

What is medium stiff consistency?

Icing when pulled up should have a peak that bends down slightly. Icing when piped should retain its shape.

Blobs of royal icing showing different consistencies..


To cut a disposable piping bag flatten the seam in the middle. Cut a small tip straight across. It’s better to cut a small opening and then cut again to make it bigger.

Cutting a tip of a piping bag with scissors.


Have all the colored icing bagged in the piping bags, and cookies ready on a flat tray. Have a paper towel on hand to wipe down your hands and a scribe tool as needed.

TIP : Use a paper towel to clean the tip of the piping bag regularly.

Marbled Royal Icing Designs are created with the use of flood consistency icing of at least 2 constrasting colors; and a scribe tool or a toothpick.

Basically, to create marbled patterns with icing you need to use flood icing. And while icing is wet you drag the tip of a scribe tool thru the icing creating beautiful marbled patterns. This technique is also called wet-on-wet marbling with icing, (1-3).

Hand holding a scribe tool pointing at a needle tool.


Start by outlining the cookie with red icing, (steps 1-2). Then pipe red lines across approximately 1/3 and 2/3rd up from the bottom of the cookie, (step 3). Now you can take white and pipe lines across next to the red, (step 4). After take dark green and light green and pipe the lines across, (steps 5-8).

Immediately follow with the next decorating step.

Piping green, red ad white lines of flood icing onto a chocolate ornament cookie.

Run a tip of a scribe tool thru freshly piped lines of icing. If possible wipe the tip of the tool into a small piece of paper towel each time you run it thru the icing, (steps 1-2).

Notice as I’m pulling the scribe tool thru the icing I’m also shaping the marbled lines following the curvature of the cookie shape, meeting the marbled lines in the middle, at the very top, (steps 3-4).

Now, if desired you can repeat the same process but in opposite direction, from top to bottom, (steps 5-8). Allow icing to crust well, for about an hour before the next decorating step.

Dragging a scribe tool thru lines of wet royal icing creating a marbled design.

Repeat the same process with different colors. Have fun and get creative.

Cookie iced with lines of colorful royal icing and a scribe tool is pulled thru the icing.
Cookie flooded with lines of color icing.
Chocolate cookie decorated with flood icing and a scribe tool being pulled thru the icing.

Use a lot of colors or use just 2 colors, possibilities are endless.

Cookies decorated with flood icing.

If you have Jewel Dust you can dust freshly marbled cookie with it. Dip the dry and food only paint brush into the jewel dust. Place brush above the wet icing and gently shake the brush to release jewel dust onto the icing, (steps 6-7).

Dusting wet icing with edible jewel dust.


Use a medium stiff consistency light brown icing and decorate the Christmas ornament cap, (step 1). Use a zigzag, back and forth motion to pipe a line of light brown icing across, (steps 2-5). And then make a loop, (steps 6-8). Allow light brown icing to dry for 3-4 hours.

Piping thick icing in a zigzag line onto a cookie.


Decorate ornament cap with gold luster dust.

Mix dry gold luster dust with few drops of clear Vodka, White Rum, Lemon Extract, Vanilla Extract or Everclear Grain Alcohol.

Hand holding a small container with dry gold luster dust.

Use a small paint brush to mix dry luster dust with just a few drops of Vodka, Everclear or Lemon Extract and then paint the ornament caps. If luster dust becomes too thick you can add few more drops of alcohol to thin it slightly.

TIP : Don’t throw out unused luster dust. It can be used again for your next cookie decorating project.

Painting dry icing with gold luster dust paint.

As you can see I used chocolate sugar cookies but you can use other cut out cookie recipes if you’d like.

Baked undecorated chocolate cookies and decorated cookies on a white background.

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Chocolate cookies decorated with marbled royal icing on a pretty festive green background.

This post was originally published on December 13th, 2018. On November 19th,2020 I updated this post with new step by step photos, text and a video.

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