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Royal Icing for Noah's Ark Sugar Cookies

Use this royal icing recipe to decorate Noah's Ark Sugar Cookies.

  • Yield: Makes about 2 cups

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2010


  • 1 pound confectioners' sugar, plus more if needed
  • 1/3 cup water, plus more if needed
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon meringue powder
  • Gel-paste food coloring in Black (for gray icing), Ivory mixed with Egg Yellow (for gold icing), and Red Red


  1. Beat 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 sugar.)

  2. Beat in food coloring, 1 drop at a time, until desired color is achieved. If making more than 1 color, divide icing and work in batches.

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