If you bake for every occasion, Royal Icing for cookies is a must-have recipe. This frosting is a decorative icing used for piping delicate designs on cookies. It's the best kind of icing for decorating sugar cookies with intricate designs, but it's also useful to "flood" icing on cookies, which you can learn how to do with our step-by-step tutorial. Whether you're a baking pro or your kids want to spend an afternoon decorating Christmas cookies, this Royal Icing recipe is the one you should use. Only three ingredients and so easy to make, this frosting recipe is made with meringue powder so that it hardens smoothly on the cookie. Add food coloring drops to create endless decorating possibilities. Bonus: royal frosting also can act as a "glue" for attaching cookies to cake stands.

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10 mins
10 mins
About 3 cups


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Instructions Checklist
  • Beat first 2 ingredients and 6 Tbsp. water at low speed with an electric mixer until blended. Beat at high speed 4 minutes or until stiff peaks form. Add up to 2 Tbsp. additional water, 1/4 tsp. at a time, until desired consistency is reached.


Chef's Notes

Use less water for a stiff icing perfect for attaching cookies to cake stands. Use more water for thinner icing suitable for piping delicate designs on cookies.