Is It Safe to Eat Royal Icing Made with Raw Egg Whites?

Royal icing -- often called for when decorating Christmas cookies -- contains raw egg whites. Are there alternatives to raw egg materials in icing?

Learn how to decorate cookies like a pro with our secrets to making your own cookie icing. Watch as our Test Kitchen expert makes royal icing from scratch, sharing her tips for mixing and tinting the icing for the prettiest -- and tastiest -- decorated cookies.

How to Avoid Risk

The risk is slight, but it is certainly possible for raw egg whites to contain foodborne pathogens, such as salmonella. Fortunately, you can prepare royal icing with meringue powder -- available at crafts stores and bakery supply outlets -- or with pasteurized egg whites, which are available in most grocer's dairy cases. Both products make perfect -- and perfectly safe -- royal icing.

Icing Tips and Recipes

Top your cookies with beautiful decorative icing, ensuring your cookie plate always stands out in a crowd. Watch as our Test Kitchen expert demonstrates two easy icing techniques: how to swirl the icing, and how to create hearts on your decorative cookies.


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