Royal Icing: For Sugar Cookies

December 6, 2019

Hello foodies and bakers,


The holidays has started! What is the most popular and in-demand holiday activity! Decorating sugar cookies, of course. What is the best frosting for sugar cookies? Royal icing.


What is royal icing? Simply, it is powdered sugar with a few other ingredients mixed to a desired consistency. It results in a pure white icing that hardens onto the cookie. This frosting is wonderful for outling or flooding techniques. Basically, if you want to make lines or cover your entire cookie with icing. 

After you pipe the icing on the cookie, go ahead and add desired sprinkles, and let it dry (takes up to 4 hrs to overnight). 




 Royal Icing

Yields: About 2 1/2 cups

Enough for: 30-40 cookies, depending on size and decoration 


Equipment needed: Standing kitchen aid mixer with paddle attachment; Measuring cups and spoons; spatula 

For decorating: Piping bags; piping tips; food color

Ingredients needed: 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted; 3 tablespoons meringue powder; 1 tsp cream of tarter; 1/4 cup - 1/2 cup water



  • In a standing kitchen aid mixer: Add all ingredients

    • 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted 

    • 3 tablespoons meringue powder

    • 1 tsp cream of tarter

    • Mix all on low speed

    • Slowly add water until a thick consistency is achieved. 

  • If you add too much water, add more powdered sugar. The icing needs to be thick enough to come out of piping bag

  • Add desire color, if wanted 


Other tips for working with royal icing:

  • Throw a damp paper towel on top of of your royal icing bowl to keep it from drying out.

  • Meringue powder is used to eliminate the use of raw egg whites. Very traditional royal icing recipes will call for it. 

  • Yes, you can freeze sugar cookies with royal icing in the freezer, up to 3 months in plastic bag or air tight container. 

  • New to piping royal icing? Start by using a small piping tip, fill the bag half way with icing, and go slow. Decorating is fun and relaxing! 

  • New to decorating? Make sure you have all your decorations and cookies out before you start piping. Clean off a large area in your kitchen or home. Organization is key. 


Happy baking,


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