Royal Icing Recipe

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 10 mins
Servings: 20 servings
Yield: 5 cups
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
92 Calories
0g Fat
23g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 20
Amount per serving
Calories 92
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 9%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 23g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 0mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 2mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Royal icing is the icing of choice for everything from decorating gingerbread houses to sugar cookies. This recipe calls for meringue powder in place of egg whites. You can find meringue powder at craft stores (such as Michaels), gourmet stores and specialty cake decorating shops.


  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar

  • 3 tablespoons meringue powder

  • 1/4-1/2 cup water, warm

Steps to Make It

  1. Beat the powdered sugar and meringue powder together with an electric mixer.

  2. Beat in 1/4 cup of the warm water. If the icing isn't smooth enough, add additional water, one tablespoon at a time until it reaches the desired consistency.

Note: For gingerbread house decorating, your icing should be the consistency of toothpaste. For cookie decorating, you will want a slightly thinner icing.