Royal Icing

Take your cookies to the next level with this foolproof Royal Icing recipe. You only need three ingredients to make this icing and food coloring of your choice to create beautifully decorated cookies for any celebration or holiday. This recipe is perfect for outlining and flooding cookies.

  • Serves: 3 1/2 cups
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6-8 minutes


  • 3 ounces pasteurized egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • Optional: Food coloring


  1. In large bowl of stand mixer combine the egg whites and vanilla and beat until frothy.

  2. Add confectioners' sugar gradually and mix on low speed until sugar is incorporated and mixture is shiny. Turn speed up to high and beat until mixture forms stiff, glossy peaks. This should take approximately 5 to 7 minutes.

  3. Add food coloring, if desired. For immediate use, transfer icing to pastry bag or heavy duty storage bag and pipe as desired. If using storage bag, clip corner. Store in airtight container in refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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