Meringue Powder Royal Icing

  • Yield : Enough for 50 2-inch cookies
  • Prep Time : 15m
  • Ready In : 15m
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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

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  • Serving Size

    1 batch

Royal icing is a pure white icing that drys candy hard. You can color royal icing any color using food colors. Use natural food coloring if you are concerned about using artificial food colors. For lemon flavored icing, substitute 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice for the water.

Royal icing is not recommended for cakes, but you can use it to make decorations for cakes.

Royal icing dries quickly. So keep the bowl covered with a damp paper towel or clean cloth while icing cookies.

This recipe uses meringue powder, sold in many supermarkets and online, eliminating the concern about using raw egg whites and food contamination. Meringue powder is also used for meringue pies, and other recipes requiring egg whites.

You can add a few drops of vanilla, almond, lemon, or other extracts to flavor royal icing.

Cook’s Tip

Increase or decrease the amount of water depending on the desired consistency.


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons (22 ml) meringue powder
  • 2 cups (225 g) powdered suger
  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) warm water (about 100°F, 38°C)

Method of Preparation

Step 1

In a medium or large bowl, beat all ingredients until icing forms stiff peaks (retains its shape when beater is removed). About 8 to 10 minutes using a stand mixer on low speed or 10 to 12 minutes at high speed with a hand mixer.