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Royal Icing for Sugar Cookies

If you're decorating cookies for children, pregnant women, or anyone with compromised immune systems, use meringue powder, found in the baking aisle of most markets, instead of raw egg whites.

  • yield: Makes 2 1/3 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 box confectioners' sugar (1 pound)
  • 5 tablespoons meringue powder or 2 large egg whites

Directions

  1. Step 1

    In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine sugar and meringue powder. Mixing on low speed, add a scant 1/2 cup water. For a thinner consistency, usually used for flooding, add more water. A thicker consistency is generally used for outlining and adding details. Mix until icing holds a ribbonlike trail on the surface of the mixture for 5 seconds when you raise the paddle.

Reviews (1)

  • 5 Apr, 2014

    Live in Canada and wanting to know what 1 pound is compared to grams, everything I but is in a bag with grams, not a box with pounds, can you be more specific to how many cups of icing sugar we should use. Would really like to try this recipe. Thanks