Royal Icing

Yield 2 + cups icing


  • *HALF this recipe if decorating the full recipe of cookies above.
  • 1 cup water
  • 6 Tbsp meringue powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (use clear vanilla if you want white icing)
  • 2 lb bag of powdered sugar


  1. In a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, mix the water & meringue powder until it is incorporated & slightly foamy.
  2. Add extracts & mix for a few seconds.
  3. Add the whole bag of powdered sugar. Mix on low until incorporated, then on high for a few minutes. It will become fairly stiff, & look smooth, glossy & leave peaks/ripples in the bowl where the paddle passes through the icing.
  4. Divide, thin & color icing as needed.

Recipe Notes

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