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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
Royal Icing for Sugar Cookies


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


  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 (3)

  • jenniyogi 24 Apr, 2014

    A google search will offer you plenty of conversion charts and calculators for ounces/pounds to grams. Since Martha is in the US it makes sense that she offers US measurements as does a lll the other US bloggers and recipe developers in her realm.

  • Kim S 20 Apr, 2014

    Janet M...
    1 pound equals 453.592 grams, or 1.9 cups (I would use two cups). You can find out other measurements by searching online for a metric conversion tool.

    I typed "Pound to gram conversion" and "Pound to cup conversion" into Google and came up with the results. I hope this helps! :)

  • Janet M 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

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