How to Marble Cookies

IMG_5279I'm addicted to wet-on-wet decorating of cookies. It's fast. It's flashy. I don't have to wait for anything to dry between steps. It can easily be done with ANY color scheme.

One of my favorite wet-on-wet looks is marbling. Back in my last life as a teacher, when I was single no kids and had a TON of free time I once took a paper marbling class. The methods are the same for cookies, just a different medium. Here's how I decorated a couple of the M's for my nephew's birthday earlier this month. I'm using all flood icing here of the same consistency, about 18- to 20-second icing.

Start with a cookie. ;-)
Start with a cookie. ;-)
Flood the cookie with your choice of background color.
Flood the cookie with your choice of background color.

One of the keys to this method is to work fast. I wouldn't advise doing more than one cookie at a time, especially if you're doing larger cookies.

Without letting the background icing dry, use your first accent color to make stripes.
Without letting the background icing dry, use your first accent color to make wet-on-wet stripes.
Repeat with any additional accent colors.
Repeat with any additional accent colors.
While the icing is still wet, use a toothpick or boo boo stick to drag lines perpendicular to the stripes you created. Wipe off the toothpick after each pass.
While the icing is still wet, use a toothpick or boo boo stick to drag evenly spaced lines, perpendicular to the stripes you created (mine go down). Wipe off the toothpick after each pass.

The above would be a perfectly lovely marbled cookie and you can stop there for one look. You can vary it's appearance by making the lines with the toothpick closer together if you like. Or...

Using the same method, go in between the lines you just made in the opposite direction (I went up on this step).
Using the same method, go in between the lines you just made using your toothpick in the opposite direction (I went up this time).

This method can be used in so many different ways and on so many different shaped cookies. You can achieve a different look by changing the order in which you make your strips and varying the tip size that you use to make your strips for different thicknesses of lines.

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