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Royal Icing

Categories: Frosting & Fillings

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This icing is perfect for decorating sugar, gingerbread and other holiday cookie favorites.


  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 c. powdered sugar plus more as needed
  • 2 tsp. water plus more as needed


Lightly beat the egg whites with a fork until broken up. Stir in the lemon juice and water.

Sift the sugar over top, then stir in until the mixture is smooth and well blended. If necessary add more sugar or water to obtain the desired consistency:

  • For glazing the cookies tops, make it fairly fluid but not so runny that it looks separated. For piping or drizzling, make it stiff enough that it will hold its shape.
  • For decorating, stiffen the mixture with more sugar, stir in the desired food coloring, and add piping or drizzled accents as desired.