Royal Icing for Sugar Cookies Recipe

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Amy Baker Modified: March 24, 2022
Royal Icing for Sugar Cookies Recipe

How To Make Royal Icing for Sugar Cookies

Add whimsy, character, and beauty to your humble sugar cookies when you have the right royal icing. This recipe only uses two ingredients.

Preparation: 15 minutes
Total: 15 minutes



  • 1boxconfectioners’ sugar
  • 5tbspmeringue powder


  1. In a large bowl, using a hand mixer (or in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment), beat meringue powder and water until frothy and starting to stiffen. Add powdered sugar and beat until smooth and thick.

  2. Add more water 1 tablespoon at a time, as needed. Icing should hold its shape without being too stiff to work with. Add desired food coloring and beat until well incorporated.

  3. To thin icing for flooding, add water 1 teaspoon at a time until desired consistency is reached. It should hold its shape for a couple of seconds when drizzled on top of the icing and then start to slowly melt into itself.


  • Calories: 949.15kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 242.10g
  • Sugar: 237.66g
  • Protein: 0.62g
  • Sodium: 20.09mg
  • Calcium: 2.27mg
  • Potassium: 4.53mg
  • Iron: 0.14mg
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