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Royal Icing Recipe for Decorating Cookies

Royal Icing Recipe for Decorating Cookies

This is my all-time favorite royal icing recipe for my iced sugar cookies.

What is meringue powder?

Meringue Powder is a mix of dried and powdered egg whites, sugar, flavor, and stabilizers. It's an essential ingredient in making royal icing.

Where can I find meringue powder?

We sell Meringue Powder in our online store and ship anywhere within the United States. If you need meringue powder right now, try your local grocery store or craft store.

Is royal icing easy to make?

Royal icing is simple to make, and only takes 4 ingredients: meringue powder, vanilla extract, powdered sugar, and corn syrup. You can make royal icing in as little as 10 minutes.

How do I color royal icing?

Add a few drops of gel food color and then add droplets (yes, droplets!) of water to bring it to the consistency you want. Read our blog on coloring royal icing here.


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Kim - November 11, 2022

When I use small icing tips, #1, 1.5, 2, they always clogs up on me and I have to stick a straight pin in the tip. I feel the consistency of my icing is good. Very annoying and time consuming. Any ideas on how to avoid this scenario?

Karen - December 2, 2022

I recently purchased some cream cheese emulsion from you. If you were wanting a cream cheese royal icing, how would you alter the above royal icing recipe? And would you still use the lemon juice? Appreciate your guidance.
The Cookie Countess replied:
Hi Karen! We actually just posted a Cream Cheese Royal Icing Recipe on the blog earlier this week. If you go to recipes it should pop up! 😊

Beth - October 27, 2022

Can royal icing be frozen?
The Cookie Countess replied:
Hi Beth I recommend you read our blog post about it. It explains how and when to do it correctly. -Wil

julie - October 21, 2022

The sugar recipe I use has powdered sugar instead of granulated sugar. What is the difference in the outcome?

Also, when I make RI, I feel that mine has a harder bite than I would like – any suggestions? Does this happen if you use too much meringue powder? Thanks in advance.
The Cookie Countess replied:
Hi Julie Great questions! Granulated Sugar makes a crispier cookie. This is because the large crystals of the sugar bring more air during the creaming of the butter and while baking the sugar caramelizes. Confectioners sugar make a tender/softer cookie. As for the royal icing being hard, I would suggest you use Genie’s Dream Meringue Powder. I had notice that when using this brand of meringue powder my royal icing dries softer on top of my cookies. Hope this helps- Wil

Kim - October 20, 2022

Do you make Royal Icing for dogs? I have a Dog Barkery business and I order from one place but wanted to ask if you also may have safe for dogs icing?
Thank you
Ms.Kim’s Barkery & Boutique
The Cookie Countess replied:
We don’t currently sell a pre-made dog safe royal icing mix, but we are currently working on a dog safe icing recipe for the blog that should be out soon, so keep an eye out for that! 😊

Debbie - October 20, 2022

Do you have a good, but easy, cookie recipe that works with this icing. I guess a sugar cookie recipe is what I mean and possibly one that doesn’t need to be refrigerated first.
The Cookie Countess replied:
We do! You can find our Sugar Cookie Recipe<> here:

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