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Simple Royal Icing

This Simple Royal Icing recipe is the only one you will need to decorate your Holiday cookies. Only 3 ingredients plus some food coloring.

sugar cookies royal icing

This is probably going to be the easiest Royal Icing recipe you will ever find. So easy even I can make it! I say that because many of you know I am more of a cook than a baker.

sugar cookies royal icing

The most popular uses for Royal Icing is decorating Cookies and Gingerbread Houses. It can also be used to decorate certain types of cakes. From what I have read many people have a love/hate thing for Royal Icing.

sugar cookies royal icing

I am calling this a “simple” royal icing recipe because this one does not use any eggs or egg substitutes. This is handy if you or the people consuming this recipe if allergic to eggs.

container of meringue powder

Meringue Powder might prove to be a bit of a challenge to find depending on where you live but should be readily available online on sites like Amazon and others.

Easy Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing

For the food coloring, I suggest you use gel or paste. This means you can add more color to your royal icing without changing the texture or the taste which is very important!

icing color gel

If you are going to be using different colors, divide your white icing into separate containers, one for each color you will be using. Add the necessary amount of food coloring to each bowl to achieve the desired color.

piping bag and tips

Use a #1 or #2 tip to outline each cookie with the desired color. Add a little bit of water to thin the icing out a bit. Fill the center of each cookie. Use a toothpick to smooth out any imperfections.

Easy Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing

You will need the following ingredients to make this Simple Royal Icing recipe (see recipe card for quantities): Powdered Sugar, Meringue Powder, Water and Food Coloring.

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the first 3 ingredients and mix on medium speed for 5 minutes.
  2. Optionally add the food coloring to achieve the desired color while the icing is mixing.
royal icing

Simple Royal Icing

This Simple Royal Icing recipe is the only one you will need to decorate your Holiday cookies. Only 3 ingredients plus some food coloring.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time20 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 5
Calories 371 kcal

Equipment

  • Bowl for Mixing
  • Piping Bag
  • Piping Tips

Ingredients
 

  • 1 lb Powdered Sugar
  • 3 Tbsp Meringue Powder
  • 6 Tbsp Water, warm
  • Food Coloring, gel or paste

Instructions
 

  • In a mixing bowl, combine the first 3 ingredients and mix on medium speed for 5 minutes.
  • Optionally add the food coloring to achieve the desired color while the icing is mixing.

Nutrition

Calories: 371kcalCarbohydrates: 94gProtein: 1gSodium: 16mgPotassium: 15mgSugar: 89gCalcium: 81mgIron: 0.1mg

Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.

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One Comment

  1. Lucie says:

    These cookies were fun to make and I must say delicious. A fun way to spend my afternoon with the kids.

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