Fantastic Find: Fat Daddio's Meringue Powder

 Royal icing ingredients are kind of a big deal in my life. As in... I do NOT kid around about them. And I do not trade up my favorites. With the craziness surrounding meringue powder this last year though, and the skyrocketing prices of egg white powder... I've been testing a bunch of different choices so I would have a good back up in the event that my world ends and I can't find my favorite egg white powder.

So when Fat Daddio's emailed and said they had a new meringue powder this summer, I jumped on the chance to try it out. I'll be honest. By that point, I had tried a few different meringue powders and they were all very much alike. I expected Fat Daddio's to fall into the same line as the rest of the meringue powders I had tried and would have been pleased if it had. But to say I was surprised at the taste is an understatement. Without ANY flavoring at all -- this meringue powder tastes BEYOND AMAZING. It's like angel food cake batter but with butter in it too. Like a buttery vanilla ice cream that won't melt. I'm not good at describing taste... so let me just say -- it's fantastic. SERIOUSLY FANTASTIC. Like... I wanted to eat it with a spoon. And I might have. My husband certainly did. He was an instant fan of the flavor and wanted to know how soon I would be switching to Fat Daddio's entirely.

Oh! And randomly, it's noticeably whiter than all the other royal icings I made this summer. So there's that. know how you have to add a ton of food coloring for some of the darker or saturated colors? I haven't had a color YET that has changed the flavor! Even when I accidentally added twice the amount of pink I needed -- it wasn't bitter at all. It still tasted almost buttery sweet. It's like a sugar cookie miracle.

At this point, you're probably wondering just what in the world they put in that meringue powder...and here it is. Amazingness, apparently. The box doesn't specifically state that it's made in a nut-free environment, so I would call Fat Daddio's if you need to be sure...but I don't think they make any products with nuts at Fat Daddio's so this could be a good option for nut-free shops.

But since meringue powder is kind of a big deal, like I said, I wanted to make sure I tested it out quite a bit before reviewing it for you or making any kind of switch. I've used it wet-on-wet and in areas where I would normally get craters. Let me preface the results by saying first that I don't traditionally have many icing issues. And I almost never have icing issues when I use egg white powder. I sometimes get a little cratering with ANY meringue powder. And the Fat Daddio's meringue powder had about the same number of issues as any of the other meringue powders I used this summer. By that I mean -- I didn't have any color bleed (but I never do) and I did experience a little bit of cratering now and then, but again, not a lot and certainly not every time.

The only real downside to the Fat Daddio's meringue powder is that once it is made into royal icing, it doesn't stay "good" as long as other royal icings. Specifically, and this is awful, but I can keep a bowl of royal icing in my cupboard for over 4 weeks before it gets musty and goes bad. (You know it's gone bad because it smells like dirt.) Before you hate on me, you should know that royal icing usually doesn't last more than 4-5 days in my house. I'm just saying it CAN last that long. Royal Icing made with the Fat Daddio's meringue powder only lasted about 2 weeks in the cupboard before it got weird. It's not a deal breaker, because ideally, you would use fresh icing or toss it in the freezer for another time. But if you are a procrastinator and leave it on the counter for a couple of'll have to toss it.

There are A LOT of different meringue powders on the market. And most of them work just fine. If you currently love the flavor of the meringue powder you use and don't have any real issues...Fat Daddio's meringue powder isn't a necessity item. Use what works for you.

Bottom Line: Fat Daddio's meringue powder is sold in 12 ounce boxes for around $15. At about $1.25 per ounce, it's on the low end of average pricing for meringue powder. A pretty standard meringue powder that is competitively priced and has an UNBELIEVABLE flavor?? Surely it's worth experimenting with just one box.

And the people at Fat Daddio's are so convinced that you'll love it to that they are giving away a 12 ounce box of Fat Daddio's Meringue Powder to one of YOU!! Just click that Easy Entry button below before midnight on Friday, October 28, 2016.

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Have YOU tried it yet? Tell me what you think!

How To Make Decorated Melting Eyeball Cookies

How to make decorated sugar cookies that look like melting eyeballs for Halloween.

Is there a word for an anti-talent? Because I have one of those. It involves returning library books before they've been gone so long that they've very nearly assimilated into the wild and can no longer associate with the other library books for fear that they will band together and stage a coup while the poor librarians backs are turned helping an unsuspecting patron find that very special book on knitting wool overalls. Seriously. I don't want to live in a world where *I'm* the one responsible for the lack of wool overalls. I can't handle that kind of pressure.

And not to be indelicate...but thank goodness Blockbuster is no longer around. Returning rental videos was like library books on steroids. Which, as you can imagine, would also NOT be good for the woolen overall population of this country.

The library isn't even that far away. I drive past it on a near daily basis. And there is a conveyor belt return that requires me to move my arm a total of 7 inches from my car to the building to return each book. It couldn't be easier...unless...

You know what I need? A library chute. Instead of a laundry chute because we all know THAT would not get used at my house. I wonder if I could have one installed. Like the pneumatic tubes at the bank. And then they could just send me my books that way as well. I'm really good at tossing things in chutes. It's almost what you would call... a special talent of mine. Throwing things in chutes and making creepy Halloween cookies. It's kind of what I do.

How to make decorated sugar cookies that look like melting eyeballs for Halloween.

1. I used the Sugarbelle nested flower cutter. After cutting out the intended shape, I rotated it back and used it to cut off the bottom edges of the shape. Bake like you normally would.
2. Use a circle cutter and a food color marker to trace a on the cookie. You know, in case you are incapable of piping a perfect circle with absolutely no reference point like me.
3. Outline and fill that circle with medium consistency white icing and a #3 tip. Immediately pipe a small oval of green icing and then an even smaller oval of black icing. Add a tiny drop of white icin where the black and green colors meet. Allow to dry for 2-4 hours.
4. Grab some medium consistency purple icing and outline and fill the puddle area of the cookie. (This cookie just keeps getting more creepy.) Add a couple of white shine lines and call it a day.
OR... you can use a red food color marker to add some blood-shot veins to the eyeball. Your call.

How to make decorated sugar cookies that look like melting eyeballs for Halloween.

If you don't have the Sugarbelle nested flower cutter (2) you could also use a sand dollar cutter (1) or a paw print cutter (3) with similar results.

See it in action here.


See how I made those crazy-adorable and only slightly creepy SPIDER AND SPIDERWEB COOKIES.

You can find the tutorial for the CREEPY EYEBALL COCKTAILS over at SugarEd.

How to Make Decorated Halloween Spider and Spiderweb Cookies

How to make decorated sugar cookies that look like spiders and spiderwebs for Halloween -- tutorial

How do you even feed your children dinner on a daily basis???!!! I'm not talking about the procuring and the cooking of said meal. What I want to know is how you convince your children to look at a plate of food and think to themselves,

"Self - you will simply cease to exist if you don't get some of this inside you. And since this sustenance looks vaguely (EXACTLY) like the meal prepared by our parental figure just 4 days ago that we loved and ate every last morsel of, we may as well start ingesting this now instead of pretending that we are adrift at sea, surrounded by sharks that are trying to eat us while we cling precariously to our chair/life boat. And probably, we should also NOT start screaming for 27 minutes straight about how annoying our parental figure is because she won't stop preparing nutritious meals for our daily consumption."

I mean... is there some kind of 12 step program that doesn't involve shipping them off for a month or a home invasion by a reality TV show? Maybe a magic wand? I'm not above bribery, but usually I use treats. And somehow I think that kind of defeats the purpose...even if those treats are super fun spider cookies. Am I doomed? Is there hope?

How to make decorated sugar cookies that look like spiders and spiderwebs for Halloween -- tutorial

1. Flood a cookie with some super fun Halloween-ish colored icing. Let it dry overnight.
2. Use a stencil to airbrush a spiderweb on top of the cookie. (Alternatively, you can use this wet-on-wet spiderweb technique instead of steps 1 and 2.)
3. Use a contrasting color to pipe the body of the spider. Leaves spaces for they eyeballs. Let it dry for 30 minutes.
4. Pipe 2 white dots for eyes and immediately pipe two smaller black dots on top. Try to keep them from touching...but don't worry about it if they start to blend together like some long-lost happy couple. It's a purple spider. We're clearly not worried about realistic details here. Make sure the eyes are dry before moving to the next step.
5. With medium consistency icing and a #2 tip, pipe 8 legs in an icing color of your choice. Immediately cover with a sanding sugar that is a similar color. (It doesn't have to be the exact same color because the icing color will  still show through.) Shake off the excess sanding sugar. Use a black food color maker to add a shy little smile on our spider guy. And then eat him before things get creepy. But definitely after you've had a well-balanced meal. I will not be responsible for your health taking a downhill turn.

See it in action here.


I used the sunflower cutter from the Sugarbelle Harvest cutter set that is available only at Michael's stores. You could also use THIS web cutter. Get the SPIDERWEB STENCIL and the STENCIL GENIE.

Want something a little more creepy? Check out THESE SPIDER COOKIES. I'd post a picture...but I can't stand to even look at them. 

These BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN cookies would be a perfect compliment to these little guys! 

How to make decorated sugar cookies that look like spiders and spiderwebs for Halloween -- tutorial