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Royal Icing Recipe

icing hardens, so it's perfect for sugar cookie decorating!
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 1 batch of cookies


  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tbsp meringue powder
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 3 tbsp clear vanilla may be replaced with 3 tbsp of water


  • Beat all ingredients at a low speed for 7-10 minutes.
  • Add water to thin if necessary.


  • As noted above, you may omit the vanilla and use 6 tbsp of water instead. 
  • If using vanilla, make sure it's clear vanilla 
  • Use thicker icing for piping cookies. Thin with water to flood cookies.