Royal Icing

Sugar Cookies
Sugar Cookies
Cut into Christmas trees, wreaths, snowflakes, snowmen, candy canes, and every other holiday design imaginable, these are classic holiday treats in the U.S. The cookies themselves are pure buttery comfort, but when decorated with royal icing, sprinkles, dragees, and sanding sugar, they're elevated to cultural icons, beloved by children and grown-ups alike. Plus, they're almost as much fun to make as they are to eat.Todd Coleman

This simple icing, perfect for decorating sugar cookies, dries to a hard, glossy finish. To evenly pave the top of a sugar cookie, watch our video of How to Flow Royal Icing »

Royal Icing
This simple icing, perfect for decorating sugar cookies, dries to a hard, glossy finish.
Yield: makes ABOUT 4 CUPS ICING

Ingredients

  • 4 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 2 tbsp. dried egg whites or meringue powder

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of an upright mixer, combine sugar, egg whites, and 6 tbsp. water and beat on high speed until mixture is fully incorporated and the shine begins to dull. Add a few more drops of water if necessary to create a thinner icing.
  2. To color the icing, add food coloring one drop at a time until the desired color is reached.