Easy, fool proof royal icing recipe

Easy, fool proof royal icing recipe

Royal icing cookies are so fun to make and decorate, especially around the holidays. And they’re particularly fun to do with kids! It may seem a bit overwhelming at first to create the icing, but follow this easy recipe and you’ll quickly be decorating away.

Easy, Fool Proof Royal Icing

Total Time15 mins
Servings: 3 cups


  • 5 tbsp meringue powder
  • 6 tbsp water
  • 1 lb confectioners sugar


  • Combine all of the ingredients into a bowl.
  • Using a mixer with a whisk attachment, beat slowly to combine all ingredients.
  • Once ingredients are combined, turn the mixer onto high speed and beat for about 5 minutes, or until stiff peaks are formed.
  • Use immediately, or keep the icing covered to prevent it from drying out.

Using This Royal Icing

  • This royal icing recipe will make a stiff icing. Stiff icing is great for outlining cookies. When you are ready to flood the cookies, you'll want to add a drop or two of water to the icing to thin it out.
  • This recipe makes a white royal icing. Before using it, if you desire a different color, separate out the amount of icing you'd like to color and use a drop or two of food coloring to achieve the desired shade.

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