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The Best Royal Icing..Ever!

Use to frost sugar cookies
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Icing, Royal, Royal Icing, Sugar Cookies


  • Stand mixer or hand mixer


  • 6 ounces Warm water
  • 5 Tbsp Meringue Powder
  • 1 tsp Cream of tarter
  • 1 bag A 2-pound bag of confectioners (powdered) sugar
  • 1 tsp Clear vanilla, optional


  • Add warm water to a mixing bowl.
  • Slowly add the meringue powder to the water, about 1 Tbls at a time, and mix with a hand whisk until dissolved. Continue adding the meringue powder until it is all blended into the water.
  • Whisk in Cream of Tarter.
  • Add clear vanilla to the mixing bowl and gently whisk.
  • Pour all of the confectioner's sugar (all at once) into the mixing bowl.
  • If using a stand mixer, set at its lowest setting and allow to mix for 10 minutes. You may have to stop once to scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl with a silicone spatula.
  • The royal icing is now ready to divide and prepare for outline and flood fill thickness. Add food color and then ice your cookies.