Royal Icing

This sugary icing makes a great topping for cookies, but it can also be used to decorate cupcakes and cakes. It dries to a hard, white, shiny gloss; food coloring can also be added. Cookie Recipes

Royal Icing
Photo: © Quentin Bacon
Total Time:
10 mins
Makes about 1 1/4 cups


  • 1 egg white

  • 1/2 pound confectioners' sugar (2 1/4 cups)

  • 1 tablespoon water


  1. In a medium bowl, beat the egg white at medium speed until foamy. Add the confectioners' sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating between additions, until the sugar is completely incorporated. Add the water and beat at high speed until the icing holds its shape, about 5 minutes.

  2. Spoon the icing into a piping bag fitted with a plain tip and use at once; thin with water if necessary.

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