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Easy Royal Icing

This classic decorating icing sets up and dries quickly. It's especially nice to use when cookies will be stacked on a plate. For accompanying recipes and decorating tips, visit Spring Has Sprung. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    3 cups


  • 3-3/4 to 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 5 to 6 tablespoons warm water


  • In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Beat on high speed with a portable mixer for 10-12 minutes or on low speed with a stand mixer for 7-10 minutes or until peaks form.
Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons: 76 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 11mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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  • Butcher2boy
    Jan 15, 2020

    What an easy recipe! Great for make ahead cookies and to freeze.

  • Gailleeh
    May 10, 2018

    This recipe makes a huge amount! I did read through search that I can freeze the leftovers so that is what I did but next time I will 1/2 the recipe. Otherwise it turned out good I added vanilla.

  • tomsbicycle
    Apr 21, 2015

    great for making flowers ect.... ahead of time.

  • supersportgirl
    Jun 26, 2011

    Great icing. I even spread it onto the cookies with a knife. I used it because I wanted to be able to stack the cookies and ship them.

  • ChellFeesh
    Mar 26, 2009

    buttercream icing will not set up and harden as the royal icing will

  • gail
    Mar 23, 2009

    should you frost cookies with royal icing or can you also use thinner buttercream before decorating

  • prvrbs31gal
    Mar 18, 2009

    I bought my meringue powder at Michael's and used a 40% off coupon for it.

  • mxgymmom
    Mar 18, 2009

    Meringue powder is a egg white substitute that can be found in most craft stores in the cake decorating isle and I have also found it in party stores and even Walmart. 

  • mxgymmom
    Mar 18, 2009

    meringue powder comes in a can made by Wilton and you can usually find it in the cake decorating isle at craft stores, although I have found it at party stores and even Walmart. According to the can it states it is used like an egg white substitute. When you beat it up with water when I use it for frosting, it beats up very lightly and frothy.

  • kpbaker
    Mar 17, 2009

    What is meringue [email protected]