This classic and simple royal icing recipe is a cookie decorating staple with a smooth consistency that sets quickly without hardening too much. Made with meringue powder it has a delicious taste and a smooth texture that’s perfect for flooding and piping cookies.
There are some recipes I make so often I have them memorized because they’re either classics or ones I truly can’t live without and this royal icing is one of those recipes. Hello, everyone, this is Aimee Mars and I’m excited to celebrate the holidays with as much food as possible and plan on never running out of cookies to decorate.
I absolutely love this royal icing recipe because it’s easy to make and it makes cooking decorating fun for myself as well as my kids. Whether you plan on making beautifully decorated cookies or just want a fun project for your kids this royal icing recipe is for you. I also have a sugar cookie recipe too and I always use this royal icing.
There are only 3 main ingredients in this royal icing recipe making it extremely easy to prepare. These are also ingredients you can always have on hand too.
No. Traditional royal icing contains raw egg whites, which you can use instead of the meringue powder. Though meringue powder still contains egg whites, it’s a little easier to work with. It also creates the same smooth consistency that hardens easily as using egg whites.
With just 3 main ingredients, powdered sugar, meringue powder, and water, you can easily manipulate this recipe to get a perfect consistency. Sometimes you need to add water and sometimes you need to add powdered sugar. To know if your royal icing is the perfect consistency use the whisk attachment or a spoon to lift or scoop icing out of the bowl. Let it drip back in and if it melts or mixes evenly back in you have the right consistency. If the mixture is too thick and more water 1 tablespoon at a time. If the icing is too thin add more powdered sugar also at 1 tablespoon a time until the correct consistency is reached.
Yes. This royal icing recipe is extremely easy and can be used for both piping, which is the outlining of the cookie, and flooding, filling it in. The consistency of the icing is just thin enough to easily spread and just thick enough to outline (pipe) the edge of the cookies.
For this recipe, I recommend using gel food coloring because you end up with much more vivid coloring and you don’t need to use as much. The liquid food coloring will still work, however, I recommend decreasing the water by about 1 to 2 tablespoons if you choose to use it.
Yes! You can make this icing about 2 days ahead of when you plan on using it. Store it in an air-tight container and keep it in the fridge to keep it fresh. Just before using it stir the mixture.
Yes. If you’d like to add a flavor such as vanilla extract to this royal icing you can. Make sure the flavoring isn’t oil-based though. I recommend using about 2 teaspoons of flavor and then decreasing the water by 1 tablespoon.
To keep the icing from hardening while you’re decorating a bunch of cookies lay a damp paper towel over the top of the bowl until you’re ready to use the remainder.