Royal Icing Recipe

Royal Icing is known for its crisp white color and thick consistency that makes it the perfect decorative icing for making beautiful and creative cookies.

Royal Icing Recipe

Today I thought I would share a classic recipe for Royal Icing. A little less common than other icings, Royal icing is typically used for more decorative purposes like Christmas Cookies or wedding cakes. Today though, I just paired it with a shortbread cookie and it was the perfect combo.

I kept it simple today and left the icing a crisp white color, but it’s easy to add food coloring in any color to decorate your cookies in a fun way. These are great for making cookies in special, cute shapes for birthday parties or other special occasions and seem to be all the rage these days.

You know I tend to be a little more effortless in my baking and decorating, so just remember you’ll need a little bit of patience to pull off this look but it’s totally doable and worth a try to decorate your own. There are tons of tutorials online as well that will give you some tips for being the best decorator you can be.

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Royal Icing Recipe

  • Author: Heirloomed Collection


Royal Icing is known for its crisp white color and thick consistency that makes it the perfect decorative icing


  • 4 cups confectioners sugar (sifted)
  • 3 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 910 Tablespoons room temp water
  • Gel food coloring for dying (optional)


  1. Using a hand or stand mixer (with whisk attachment) beat all ingredients together on high speed for about 5-7 minutes. When lifting the mixer out the icing should drizzle down in about 10 seconds. If your consistency is too thick, add 1 teaspoon of water at a time smooth it out.  On the other hand, if it’s too thin, add a little more sifted confectioners’ sugar.

NOTE: Royal icing takes about 2 hours to set completely. If you need it to dry faster, place cookies in the refrigerator to help speed up the process.

I’d love to see what you created with your Royal Icing!

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