Royal Icing Recipe

This is my go-to Recipe for Royal Icing. It only uses 4 ingredients and I use it on all the cookies that I decorate!

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Homemade Royal Icing Recipe

It’s a simple royal icing recipe that can be used to create embellishments, decorations or even for flooding a cookie, if thinned slightly.

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It dries solid, so it’s the perfect icing for cookies that you want to wrap individually!

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Homemade Royal Icing

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Royal icing recipe

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield Yield: 5 cups icing 1x
  • Category Category: Dessert
  • Method Method: Bowl
  • Cuisine Cuisine: American

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This is my go-to Recipe for Royal Icing. It only uses 4 ingredients and I use it on all the cookies that I decorate!


Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 Tbsp meringue powder
  • 1 pound box of powdered sugar (approximately 4 cups), sifted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (or any flavor you prefer)

Instructions

  1. With paddle attachment mix the water and meringue powder on low until combined then on high about 1 minute until foamy.
  2. Add the powdered sugar on low speed a little at a time, add extract and then mix on medium to blend together. Now mix on high for 4-5 minutes until stiff, glossy peaks form.
  3. I separate and color the icing at this point.
  4. With the icing as is, it is perfect for outlining cookies and adding embellishments.
  5. If you are planning on flooding your cookies, add water, 1 teaspoon at a time,until you get the consistency of corn syrup.
  6. If you add too much water, sift in more powdered sugar.

Notes:

If you want a pure white frosting, use clear vanilla or omit extract.
Store with cling wrap pressed against icing to prevent crusting, and then in an airtight container.

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Serena
April 23, 2020 2:39 am

Hi , I like to make royal icing for cookies but I don’t have meringue powder! Anything can substitute that ? Please teach me. Thanks so much

Stacey
February 7, 2020 7:26 pm

I don’t have a flour sifter. Will it work without? Thanks for your help!

Clarissa
October 14, 2019 1:13 pm

How long does it take for the icing to dry?

Paula
August 8, 2015 7:23 pm

How did you make the flip flop cookies? They are adorable!! I love your page..Keep up the great work!!

Carolyn Rospopa
October 19, 2014 1:34 pm

I never knew what royal icing sugar frosting was. thanks

lhanie
November 29, 2011 11:51 am

thank you for posting on how to make the icing for flooding….
thank you very much!

cookies and cups
May 8, 2011 1:36 pm

Amber…for outlining I use either a #3 tip or #2 tip.
For flooding I use squeeze bottles.
I hope this has helped! What tips were you using?

amberlooo
May 8, 2011 2:32 am

I was wondering what size tips you use? Which for outlining and which for flooding. I am apparently doing it wrong. Thanks for any help.

Mermaid Sweets
May 20, 2009 11:52 pm

Thanks for this! I am new to this decorating thing, and love to find out what the pros use.

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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