I am totally smitten by this set designed by Marlyn, using several different techniques in cookie decorating. A very detailed tutorial is available for her supporters through Patreon (click here). I cut the background cookie and the fish tail by hand (templates provided by Marlyn) so that they would fit perfectly together, but you can definitely search your cookie cutters and come up with slightly different variations. On a side note, I usually have no idea who gets my cookies, but this set was an exception (read on).

I opted for my default chocolate cookie recipe (you can find it on my food blog clicking here), and used mini cookie cutters from this set from Sugarbelle. The rock at the bottom was made with a flower cutter cut in half. Marlyn used a cloud-shaped cutter.

Here are all the pieces baked and iced, waiting for assembling… Some pieces I made extra just in case something bad happened, and also for practice.

So many techniques: the rock texture made with parchment paper, the fish tail with a small petal tip, and a lot of painting with the air-brush. For the first time I thought I managed to direct the air-brush gun with more precision. For instance the little fish’s mouth, tail and fin were air-brushed in orange without messing up the rest of the body. Yes, there was some hyperventilation associated with the process…

This was really fun to put together, and the icing on the cake is that these cookies were donated for a homeless family of four that has been struggling quite a bit. It made me happy to learn that maybe this little 3D scene could give them a reason to smile.

ONE YEAR AGO: Mr. Seahorse and his friends


  1. Eha August 26, 2022 / 12:28 am

    I am glad this was fun to put together ’cause it sure is Friday afternoon fun with a smile to scroll and look ! So glad the gift went to people who have had it hard . . . Love the fishie and the seaweed and the starfish which seems to have eyes . . . .

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    • sallybr August 26, 2022 / 9:03 am

      true, I can now “see” the starfish looking at me….


  2. Charolette Jones August 26, 2022 / 8:58 am

    Sally, I really enjoy your blogs. I watch Marlyn as well and always want to make one of her cookie scenes. This came out beautifully!

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    • sallybr August 26, 2022 / 9:02 am

      Thank you so much!!!! glad you like the posts, it’s been fun to document my little obsession with cookie decorating and the site helps me keep track of everything I try to learn


  3. Mariadnoca August 26, 2022 / 12:58 pm



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