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What is royal icing? Quite simply, it’s icing that's made from only three ingredients: confectioners’ sugar, egg whites and flavorings. This easy royal icing recipe is great for decorating or flooding sugar cookies, piping festive holiday decorations on a gingerbread house, or attaching decorations (like flowers or buttercream roses) to the tops of cakes or cupcakes.

Kristen Evans Dittami


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Recipe Summary

5 mins
5 mins
Makes 1 cup, enough to frost about 36 cookies


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • In a large bowl, combine the sugar, egg white, and water. Mix the ingredients together with a wooden spoon, until the icing is thickened and smooth, about 2 minutes.

  • The icing will keep up to 2 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Before using, beat it with a fork. Stir in very small amounts of water if it seems too thick.

Nutrition Facts

26 calories; sodium 2mg; carbohydrates 7g; sugars 7g.