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sugar cookies topped with different colors of icing

Royal Icing

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: royal icing
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 161kcal
I simple yet yummy icing recipe that can be used in so many different ways!
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  • 4 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 4 cups powdered sugar about 1 pound
  • 6 tablespoons warm water to start


  • Beat all ingredients until stiff peaks form.
  • Spoon some of the thick white icing into individual bowls and add coloring .
  • Add additional water, about 1 teaspoon at a time until you’ve reached the consistency you need.


Make sure all bowls and utensils are totally grease-free or your icing will never reach proper consistency.


Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 15mg | Sugar: 39g | Iron: 1mg