This easy and delicious royal icing recipe is great for decorating sugar cookies. Keep reading for step by step instructions on how to make, use and store this delicious royal icing.
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What is Royal Icing?
Royal icing is an icing that is made with egg whites or meringue powder that dries hard and is used for decorating sugar cookies. Decorating sugar cookies like the ones you see on Instagram definitely take practice, and having the right sugar cookie and royal icing recipe is an absolute must!
What you need to make royal icing.
- Meringue powder
- Confectioners Sugar
How to Make Royal Icing.
Place 1/4 cup of meringue powder in a large mixing bowl or in your stand mixer. I love using my kitchen aid mixer for royal icing.
Add 2/3 cup of hot/warm water. The hot water helps to dissolve the meringue powder better. Mix until your meringue powder is completely dissolved.
Then add 32 ounces (a 1 pound bag) of confectioners sugar.
Mix on high for up to 10 minutes. Your mixing time will depend on your humidity level. It can take more or less time depending on the humidity. It will become thick and begin to form stiff peaks when it’s ready.
Your royal icing will be a stiff consistency when it’s finished mixing. You’ll want to add water to get the right consistency before decorating. For learning about royal icing consistencies read this post.
How to store royal icing.
Royal icing should be stored in an air tight container in the refrigerator. To prevent royal icing from hardening, place a wet paper towel over it before placing on the lid.
Can you freeze royal icing.
Yes, you can freeze royal icing. Freeze it in an air tight container or you can freeze leftovers directly in the piping bag.
Easy Delicious Royal Icing
- 1/4 cup Meringue Powder
- 2/3 cup warm water
- 1 tsp vanilla flavoring
- 32 ounces confectioners sugar (1 large 2 lb bag)
- Mix meringue powder, warm water and vanilla with a mixer for one minute on high.
- Gradually add confectioners sugar with mixer on low.
- Mix all ingredients on medium speed until stiff peaks form.
For more royal icing and sugar cookie decorating tips visit these posts:
Royal Icing Consistencies
Must Have Tools For Decorating Sugar Cookies Like a Pro
The Ultimate Beginners Guide to Cut Out Sugar Cookies
How to Outline and Flood Sugar Cookies
What other questions do you have about royal icing or decorating sugar cookies? Leave them in the comments!
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