Royal Icing Recipe

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  • 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 5 cups (20 servings)
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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.

What You'll Need

  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 1/4-1/2 cup water (warm)

How 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.

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 103
Total Fat 0 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Unsaturated Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 1 mg
Carbohydrates 27 g
Dietary Fiber 0 g
Protein 0 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)