Royal Icing

Royal Icing

  • 15 Minutes Prep 15 Minutes Total
  • 16 Servings
  • 70 Calories per Serving
Use this recipe for Royal Icing to frost your favorite cutout sugar cookies. The icing will set, making cookies stackable!

Ingredient List

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


  1. In large bowl, mix powdered sugar, meringue powder and cream of tartar. Add warm water and vanilla. Beat on low speed to blend; beat on high speed 6 to 8 minutes or until very stiff. Cover bowl with plastic wrap to keep icing from drying.
  2. Use as desired to decorate cookies.


  • Meringue powder can be found in craft stores with the cake decorating supplies. Meringue powder is a mixture of pasteurized egg whites, sugar and gums. It makes the icing set up quickly with a hard finish.
  • An easy way to apply the royal icing is to use a disposable decorating bag, which makes for easy cleanup!
  • Use gel food colors as desired to tint the icing.

Nutrition Information

Daily Values (Amount per serving)

Total Fat 0g 0%, Saturated Fat 0g 0%, Cholesterol 0mg 0%, Sodium 10mg 0%, Potassium 10mg 0%, Total Carbohydrate 16g 5%, Dietary Fiber 0g 0%, Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 0%, Iron 0%, Vitamin D 0%, Vitamin E 0%, Thiamin 0%, Riboflavin 0%, Niacin 0%, Vitamin B6 0%, Folic Acid 0%, Vitamin B12 0%, Pantothenic Acid 0%, Phosphorus 0%, Magnesium 0%, Zinc 0%, Selenium 0%, Copper 0%, Manganese 0%

Other Nutrients (Amount per serving)

Calories 70, Calories from Fat 0, Trans Fat 0g, Monounsaturated Fat 0g, Polyunsaturated Fat 0g, Soluble Fiber 0g, Insoluble Fiber 0g, Sugars 15g, Protein 0g, Beta-Carotene 0%, Omega-3 0g, Carbohydrate Choice 1, Starch 0, Fruit 0, Other Carbohydrate 1, Skim Milk 0, Low-Fat Milk 0, Milk 0, Vegetable 0, Very Lean Meat 0, Lean Meat 0, Medium-Fat Meat 0, High-Fat Meat 0, Fat 0, Fruits 0c, Vegetables 0c, Grains 0oz-eq, Meat & Beans 0oz-eq, Dairy 0c, Fats & Oils 0tsp