ABC and other back to school cookies decorated with colorful royal icing.

How to Make Royal Icing

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: About 2 cups 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Mix
  • Cuisine: American


Get my recipe for for super easy royal icing without dealing with fresh egg whites. Perfect for cookie decorating!


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  • 3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 Tbsp. meringue powder
  • 89 Tbsp. warm water
  • Food coloring (optional)


  1. In a large bowl stir together powdered sugar, meringue powder, and water until smooth.
  2. For white icing, thin as needed with additional water, adding 1 teaspoon at a time until the mixture is slightly thinner than toothpaste.
  3. For colored icing, divide mixture into several portions and add a few drops of food coloring to each portion. Stir well to combine. Add water, a few drops at a time, to thin as needed.
  4. Transfer to piping bags to decorate, store leftovers in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.