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Royal Icing

Homemade royal icing perfect for decorating sugar cookies!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 3 c.
Calories: 1227kcal
Author: Julie Evink


  • 4 c. powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp Meringue powder
  • 9-10 Tbsp water room temperature
  • Gel Food Coloring optional


  • Add the powdered sugar to a large mixing bowl attached to your stand mixer, as well as the meringue powder and stir a little to mix.
  • Using your wire whip, turn on your stand mixer on a low speed and slowly add the water. As the powder subsides you can turn up the speed to medium.
  • Whip the mixture well for about 7-10 minutes, until you start to see tips forming.
  • Check the consistency of the icing. If it falls off the wire whip and melts back into the bowl of icing within 5-10 seconds then it’s perfect.
  • Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap until you are ready to use it.
  • Take a piping bag and a number three tip and place into a tall glass, folding the edges over the outside of the glass. This is the easiest way to fill up an icing bag with less mess.
  • Use a rubber band to tie the top of the icing bag. Place a piece of wet paper towel in the bottom of the glass, this will help the tip stay moist while you are working.
  • If you are using other colors, pour a little of the remaining icing into a small bowl and mix in a little of the food color until you reach the desired color.
  • If your cookies have a white background, which most of mine did (in the images), use the piping bag to pipe the icing around the outside edges, and then fill the middle. Use a toothpick to spread the icing evenly.
  • Leave cookie to set while you move onto the next, or if you are using sprinkles on your cookies sprinkle them on at this point, while the icing is still wet.
  • Use the colors you have mixed and a toothpick to create the designs on the cookies. If you are putting a design on the white background let the white set first before you start with your next color.


Does royal icing taste good?
My recipe does! It’s sweet and not rock hard like other kinds. It’s delicious.
Is it safe to eat?
Mine is safe to eat because it’s made with meringue powder instead of egg whites. Royal icing made with egg whites can be risky because the egg whites are raw.
Can you make it ahead?
Yes, it will keep in the refrigerator for two to three days. Keep it tightly covered and then let it come to room temperature before you use it.
Can you freeze it?
Yes, it freezes well! Keep it in a freezer bag and it will freeze well for up to two months.


Calories: 1227kcal | Carbohydrates: 315g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 6mg | Sugar: 309g | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg