Easy Royal Icing Recipe

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Nils Borrmann Modified: March 25, 2022
Easy Royal Icing Recipe

How To Make Easy Royal Icing

Make your holiday cookies and confections extra flavorful and tasty by piping on this no-fuss, three-ingredient sweet royal icing!

Preparation: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes



  • 3egg whites,or 3 oz pasteurized egg whites from a carton
  • 4cupsconfectioners sugar
  • food coloring,optional


  1. Place the egg whites in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment or beaters. Beat on medium speed until frothy.

  2. Add the confectioners’ sugar and beat on low speed until blended. Increase the speed to medium-low and beat for 3 to 5 minutes, until the mixture is thick and shiny.

  3. Divide the icing into bowls depending on how many colors is planned to use. Use food coloring to tint the icing and then add water, little by little, to get the right consistency.

  4. Use a thicker icing for details and outlines and a thinner icing for “flooding,” or fully covering the surface of the cookies. Place a damp paper towel directly on top of the icing to keep a skin from forming on top.*

  5. Serve over cookies and cakes, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

 *If not using within 2 hours, cover the bowls tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Icing may also be kept in airtight squeeze bottles.


  • Calories: 636.13kcal
  • Fat: 0.04g
  • Carbohydrates: 159.82g
  • Sugar: 156.68g
  • Protein: 2.88g
  • Sodium: 47.02mg
  • Calcium: 3.45mg
  • Potassium: 46.23mg
  • Iron: 0.12mg
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