• 27 Ratings

Make this ultra-easy, super-delicious icing for any cookie or dessert topping. Royal icing is great for decorating treats with detail.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


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Instructions Checklist
  • In a large bowl, stir together powdered sugar, meringue powder, and cream of tartar. Add warm water and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until combined. Beat on high speed for 7 to 10 minutes or until mixture is very stiff. Makes about 2-1/2 cups icing.


*Test Kitchen Tip:

Meringue powder is a mixture of pasteurized dried egg whites, sugar, and edible gums. Look for it in the baking aisle of your supermarket or at a specialty food store.


27 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 1.0 stars
This recipe is not the typical recipe for icing cookies. It is too fluffy and does not dry completely. Therefore you cannot stack/wrap cookies without messing up the decorations. If your intent is to decorate cookies and then promptly eat them without covering them up, then why wouldn't you use a soft buttercream? I do not like how these turned out at all and I am irritated that I waited to figure it out until after I had already iced a whole tray of cookies. Not an epic fail, by any means because you CAN still eat them, but I'm beyond irritated that this recipe for royal icing DOES NOT DRY.