Royal Icing

Looking for the perfect cookie icing? Look no further! This is made with meringue powder so you can make ahead and store for weeks! Amazing for gingerbread houses too!


  • 4 cups (about 1 lb.) powdered sugar (confectioners’ sugar)
  • 5 tablespoons warm water
  • 3 tablespoons meringue powder


  • Electric hand mixer or stand mixer
  • Large bowl
  • Spatula
  • Icing bag
  • Piping tools
  • Wilton food color paste


  • Beat all ingredients (except color) well until stiff peaks form. 7 to 10 minutes. A stiffer consistency is better for outlining. You may add a few drops of water to thin it for “flooding” or covering a cookie.
  • Divide your icing to create multiple colors. Mix a small amount of food coloring in until your desired color is reached.
  • Cover icing to prevent drying as you work.
  • Add to pastry bag with desired tips.

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