Oh @#*! Icing

*Warning if you are easily offended, stop now. I have definitely been reading my Amy Sedaris book. Come back tomorrow after my mom calls and threatens to wash my mouth out with soap, I will be back to my normal non-inflamitory self.

When I was younger and first moved out on my own, I said a lot of badwords. I don’t know if it was the thrill of being able to, or one of the hazards of my close proximity to a bunch of sailors {seriously} but I learned, and used some doozies.

However, since I have kiddos now, and since cussing in a blog post feels similar to cussing loudly in a crowded waiting room, I just don’t do it. Besides, like I mentioned before, my mom reads this, and even though I have almost reached the three decade mark, she WOULD NOT BE PLEASED.

I guess I could have changed the name of my icing altogether, but it wouldn’t quite be the same.  People might not remember my point, nor would I get the guilty pleasure of still being able to say @#*! in my head.

All joking aside, that’s really what I call this icing.  I have my own special curse word I say in my head, but you can choose yours =)

This is the consistency of royal icing I use when I do one of three things…{there’s a few other things but they are kind of complicated for this post}

  • Wait til last minute to start on a set of cookies I have to get done
  • Screw up REALLY badly {think scrape off and start over}
  • Get bitten by that lazy bug that’s been wandering around my house for a few years

It is thick enough that it will hold a border, but thin enough that it will flood, which saves you the very time consuming step of filling and prepping bags when in a hurry.

Just for the record, I prefer the pipe and fill method any day of the week, but this is, real life happened, I refuse to quote that Larry Guy, get it done icing.

I came up with a wacky way to explain consistency after a phone conversation with my friend Kandle a few days back.

She was thrilled because after two years of asking me about RI, she had finally caught a re-run of Martha and figured out what she had been doing wrong .

*No wonder everyone loves Martha*

The conversation went something like this:

Kandle: I watched Martha and I saw that the icing had to be like liquid to get it flat like you do.

Me: What were you doing before?

Kandle: I was spreading it with that little spatula and trying to get it flat…

Me: *slaps head* Oh, Kandlearia!

Then came my lightbulb moment.  VISUALS HELP! So, that’s what I am going to do today.

Normally, I would use the honey or molasses to describe consistencies.  However, as I went through my house looking for  molasses, I realized that most people, other than us serious bakers, don’t just keep molasses lying around , and although lots of people have honey,  it’s often crystallized from sitting in their pantry for aeons.

So, I went on the hunt.  I looked all through my house for everyday liquids that others could use as a reference on the perfect consistency for “Oh, @#*!” Icing.

I think that most people have at least one of these products somewhere in their house to refer to…

*I should mention, these are kind of brand specific comparisons.  I was actually grabbing things in my cabinets and looking to see how they flowed.*

My favorite comparable consistency was this stuff…

This is what it looked like as I experimented.

And for those of you who can’t bear to waste the expensive, weird-flavored kiddie paste *me*, I found these cool little containers at Dollar Tree.  I’m thinkin’ Loren and I shop at the same place, right L?

And finally, these are the cookies I made with the “Oh, @#*!” Icing.  My brother Bryce and I actually have a full list of made up curse words that we use in good humor.  It’s almost funny to hear a big ol’ deem when you are expecting a @#*!

And just for the record, the F-BOMB was the brainchild of my best friend BC =) Thats why I ? her. She ALWAYS gets my humor.
I hope this taught everyone a little something they would always remember, along with giving them a little beginning of the week chuckle!
Happy Monday, have a FUN week =)

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  1. 1
    sweetsugarbelle says:

    LOL, I don't have any good reason except personal preference. YOu know how
    sometimes things just bug you withou reason? It bugs me not to pipe and
    fill sometimes. I'm a little crazy, LOL!

  2. 2
    CookieCrazed says:

    Why do you prefer the pipe and fill method over this method?  It looks just as beatiful…

  3. 3

    I just tried 20 sec icing for the first time tonight. Revolutionary! Mine was too thick as I had to squeeze the heck out of the bottle, but with practice should come along just fine.

    Quick question: Do you use a certain tip when using 20 sec icing? It generally seems bubbly, so #3?

    Thanks cookie queen!

  4. 4
    Zarina says:

    Ok so I’m really new at this, how do you make royal icing? like what is it made of?

  5. 5
    Ellie says:

    Haha :’D this post made me laugh a lot its so funny in the weirdest ways
    Strangely in England its hard to find molasses anywhere D’:
    But yeah sorry I am rambling but this is the first time I’ve posted AND I LOVE THIS WEBSITE <3

  6. 6
    Danette says:

    Well, your picture is gone of the final product :( but I love the creative side to go through your house. That was awesome.

  7. 7
    Theresa says:

    Is there a recipe or was this post mostly about achieving the right consistency?
    Thank you!

  8. 8
    Nicole says:

    so i may be missing it, but is the recipe for this icing on the page??? am I completely missing it?

  9. 9

    I love this & I love how you are so down to earth & how you break it down for us “simple folk” lol! Seriously, I’ve been sooo intimidated by cookies &all that comes with it, but absolutely LOVE the way they look. You do amazing work. You give me hope & inspire me. I recently made some cookies for a baptism and through out every cuss word imaginable & made some new ones too! I’m going to keep at it & with your help (aka, my cookie god) maybe eventually with enough practice I will be able to exercise the demons 😉 thanks again!! PS. Love the pics!! ~Birdie


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