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Royal Icing for Holiday Sugar Cookies

Use this recipe to decorate our Sugar Cookies for the holidays.

  • Yield: Makes 5 cups

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2009


  • 2 pounds confectioners' sugar, plus more if needed
  • 2/3 cup water, plus more if needed
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons meringue powder
  • Gel-paste food coloring


  1. Mix sugar, water, and meringue powder with a mixer on low speed until smooth, about 7 minutes. Icing should be the consistency of glue. (If icing is too thick, mix in a little more water. If icing is too thin, add more confectioners' sugar.) Add food coloring, 1 drop at a time, until desired color is achieved; if making more than 1 color, divide icing and work in batches. Use immediately, or refrigerate for up to 1 week. Stir before using.

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  • MissM22
    10 DEC, 2011
    Can i add lemon juice to this recipe??? will it chang the color or texture if i do???
  • mo1039
    30 JAN, 2011
    you could add flavoring, for example there is a clear vanilla sold at most cake decorating stores, I imagine you can also get it with wilton supplies.
  • Beril
    26 MAY, 2010
    I had been using glaze and having a really tough time controlling it, but this recipe is great. The consistency can be adjusted whether you want to pipe or flood. I recommend it.
  • aprilcartergrant
    30 DEC, 2009
    While this was great for decorating cookies, the icing was pretty bland -- even bitter when it hardened. On the plus side, it dried quickly and stayed intact, even when the cookies were knocked around in a bag. I just wish it would've tasted better.