Royal Icing Accents {Carrots}

When I make snowman cookies, it NEVER fails that I mix up way too much orange icing.  I’d be willing to bet I’m not the only one.  Here’s the perfect way to keep it from going to waste.

Shops like Fancy Flours , ShopBakersNook, and Country Kitchen Sweet Art sell pre-made icing carrots, but if you have  leftover orange icing, why not save a bit of money and make your own?

Begin by taping a piece of wax or parchment paper to a cookie sheet.  I like to use painter’s tape because it releases pretty easily.

Next pipe the carrots.  I used a #2 tip to pipe the carrot first, and then added green stems, also from leftover icing.  Alternatively, you can use a #14 or #16 {star} tip to pipe the stem first and then add the carrots.  Either way, all roads lead to Rome and you save money.

Let them dry 24 to 48 hours then carefully remove the waxed paper and pop them off onto a towel.  This will help keep them from breaking.

Use them to accent Easter cookies, make snowman noses {minus the stems, of course}, or as a cute little accents for carrot cakes and cupcakes.

Store in a cool dry place and they will last a VERY VERY long time.  I like to use little plastic containers.

I’ve been told that storing the decorations in airtight containers can harm them.  So far, no trouble here, but I also live in the desert.  If you’re in a more humid climate, you may want to try out both options to see what works best. When I get home, I’ll check my new favorite book, Art of Royal Icing, and let you know for sure.

For more ways to use leftover royal icing check out these fun posts.  All these roses ought to come in handy around Valentine’s Day.

Happy Friday, Friends!

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    Noemi Mora says:

    I love your blog site. I check it everyday!!
    I wanted to print out your family recipe you shared on small round balls that looked like fruit cake. The story was halarious about how you or your brothers came up with the name for those cookies. Could you email me which blog date to look under or email me the recipe.

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    I made these yesterday! Thanks for giving me the inspiration. I also made some royal icing eyes to stick on cupcakes.

  3. 43
    Tails says:

    The first link for how to make perfect flower middles has been compromised and doesnt link to the correct page btw

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    Kimberly says:

    Hi. You say you use a tip 14 or 16 star tip for the stem. How do you do that? Do you work from the carrot out? Or start away from the carrot and work your way in?

    Also, to make the carrot, do you just apply more pressure as you move to get the carrot shape?

    Thanks so much. I always have leftover icing and never know what to do with it. :)

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    Fern says:


    In your method it says you use #2 tip what is this?

    Thank you :) I cannot wait to start making some of these decorations!


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