Royal Icing

  • Serves

    makes ABOUT 4 CUPS ICING


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 »


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


Step 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.

Step 2

To color the icing, add food coloring one drop at a time until the desired color is reached.

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