Royal Icing for Holiday Sugar Cookies

Royal Icing for Holiday Sugar Cookies
5 cups

Santa will love stopping by your house for a bite or two of these festive sugar cookies. Use this Royal Icing recipe to decorate our Sugar Cookies for the holidays.


  • 2 pounds confectioners' sugar, plus more if needed

  • cup water, plus more if needed

  • ½ 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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