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Royal Icing Recipe

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Our home economists share the recipe for this classic decorating icing that sets up and dries quickly. It's nice to use when cookies will be stacked on a plate.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES:40 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES: 40 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons water
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons meringue powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Food coloring, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 teaspoon equals 24 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 3 mg sodium, 6 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, trace protein.

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, water, meringue powder and cream of tartar; beat on low speed just until combined. Beat on high for 4-5 minutes or until stiff peaks form. Tint with food coloring if desired. Keep unused icing covered at all times with a damp cloth. If necessary, beat again on high speed to restore texture.
  2. To decorate, place icing in a pastry bag. For border decorations and dots, use #3 round pastry tip. For small detailed decorations, use #1 or #2 round pastry tip. Yield: about 1 cup.
Editor's Note: Use of a coupler ring will allow you to easily change pastry tips for different designs. Meringue powder is available from Wilton Industries. Call 1-800/794-5866 or visit www.wilton.com.
Originally published as Royal Icing in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2004, p76

Nutritional Facts

1 teaspoon equals 24 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 3 mg sodium, 6 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, trace protein.

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Reviewed Dec. 10, 2013

I tried this icing on my gingerbread cookies this past weekend and was thrilled with the results! I will definitely make it again.

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