Royal Icing for Lamb Cookies

Photo: Tara Donne
Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
Makes about 2 cups (enough for 1 batch lamb cookies or 1 batch poppy-shaped lemon cookies)

Use this recipe to decorate our Little Lamb Cookies.


  • ½ cup water, plus more if needed

  • ¼ cup meringue powder

  • 1 pound confectioners' sugar, sifted

  • Gel-paste food coloring in Soft Pink for lambs (optional) or desired colors for poppies


  1. Beat water and meringue powder with a mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form, about 3 minutes. Add sugar, and beat until icingholds a ribbonlike trail on the surface for 5 seconds when beater is raised.

  2. Tint icing with food coloring just before using. (If making poppy-shaped lemon cookies, divide icing before tinting.)

Cook's Notes

Icing can be stored in an airtight container (with a damp paper towel covering the surface) for up to 1 week.

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