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How to Decorate Marbleized Ornament and Candy Cane Cookies

These beautiful holiday cookies seem complicated, but the technique is amazingly simple—and all you need is a toothpick to create the look.

These beautiful holiday cookies seem complicated, but the technique is amazingly simple—and all you need is a toothpick to create the look.

What You Need:

  • sugar cookies
  • red cookie icing
  • green cookie icing
  • white cookie icing
  • icing bottles ($20; sweetdanib.com)
  • drinking glass
  • offset spatula
  • toothpick
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    To decorate the ornament cookie: Using a bottle filled with red icing, outline the cookie, leaving a slight border from the edge of the cookie.

    Tip: Using an icing bottle with a tip gives you more control. You can also buy pre-packaged tubes of icing at the supermarket.

  2. 2

    Pipe icing onto the cookie to fill it in. Using an offset spatula, spread the icing evenly.

    Tip: Shake the cookie after smoothing out the icing to eliminate bumps and allow the icing to settle.

  3. 3

    Using a bottle filled with green icing, draw 3 curved lines on the cookie, following the shape of the ornament. Using a bottle filled with white icing, draw 3 curved lines on the cookie, alternating with the green lines.

    Tip: Place the bottles upside down in a glass so that the icing stays in the tip.

  4. 4

    With a clean toothpick, drag a straight line through the icing down the center of the cookie. Drag 2 curved lines downward following the shape of the ornament on either side of the first line towards the edge of the cookie. Drag 2 more curved lines upward on either side of the first line.

    Tip: Clean your toothpick on a paper towel each time after you drag it through the icing.

  5. 5

    To decorate the candy cane cookie: Using a bottle filled with white icing, outline the cookie, leaving a slight border from the edge.

  6. 6

    Pipe icing onto the cookie to fill it in. Using an offset spatula, spread the icing evenly.

  7. 7

    Using a bottle filled with green icing, draw lines on the cookie, following the shape of the candy cane. Using a bottle filled with red icing, draw lines on the cookie alternating with the red lines.

  8. 8

    With a clean toothpick, drag a line through the icing down the center of the cookie. Drag 2 lines on either side of the first line, going in the opposite direction.

  9. 9

    Let cookies dry for 12 hours before hanging on a tree.

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