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Under 30 Minutes

Royal Icing

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

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  • Yield: Makes about 2 cups
Royal Icing

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.

Cook's Note

Icing can be refrigerated for up to 1 week. Stir before using.

Reviews (2)

  • chgocj 26 Dec, 2010

    Icing was perfect and looks very professional. I make snowflake cookies, iced them and added sparkly sugar crystals. They were yummy, too!

  • Moonechild 17 Dec, 2010

    This icing worked beautifully! I dipped the cookies in to get the perfect glaze on top, then tinted some for decorations. Let glaze dry before adding a new color to cookie-or they will bleed together.
    Perfect royal icing, and safe for kids!

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