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Royal Icing

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: icing
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 161kcal
The perfect icing to decorate sugar cookies with.
Print Recipe


  • 4 tablespoons meringue powder I use Wilton Brand
  • 4 cups powdered sugar 1 pound
  • 6 tablespoons warm water


  • Beat all ingredients until stiff peaks form
  • Spoon some of the thick white icing into individual bowls and add coloring
  • For each color of icing, you will want a piping bag (or squeeze bottle) of thick icing and one in the same color of thinned icing. 
  • Once you color a bowl of icing, scoop about 1/2 of it into a piping bag (fitted with a size 2 tip- or other desired size), and then thin the remaining icing in that bowl to create a thinned version of the exact same color.
  • To thin icing add 1 teaspoon of water at a time and stir, continue adding water by 1/2 teaspoons until desired consistency is reached.


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