Hey y’all I have a treat for you today with this Royal Icing recipe and a tutorial on how to make it. I am definitely not the best baker in the world but with this straight forward recipe and a bit of practice I got better and better at making and decorating the cookies with royal icing. The top two pictures are right from our very own Southern Plate photographer and the bottom two images are additional ideas for y’all in case you wanted to branch out and have some fun with this recipe.
Keep All Your Teeth 🙂
I particularly like this recipe because it didn’t break a tooth off when I bit into the finished cookie and keeping my pearly whites as long as I can is a top priority.
A Bit of History About Royal Icing
According to Wikipedia, the first mention of Royal Icing was back in 1770. Piping the icing for decoration didn’t happen until later, around 1840. So this icing sure does have some staying power.
So enough with the short history lesson, let’s get to it..
Ingredients for Royal Icing Recipe
- Powdered sugar
- Meringue powder
- Vanilla extract or flavoring of your choice
- *Optional* Food Coloring
*Extra water for thinning the icing will be needed for piping* And the humidity in your home will effect how much water you will need so be flexible regarding the amount listed in the recipe card. Now I’m not talking about the kind of flexibility ya need to exercise. (hehe) You know what I mean 🙂
As always the full recipe is at the bottom of the post in a printable recipe card
How to make Royal Icing Step By Step
Using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, combine all of the ingredients.
Can I Use Any Mixer?
It turns out better and it’s much easier to make if you use a stand mixer with a paddle attachment.
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Mix together until a hard icing is formed. (8-10 minutes)
This is a good starting point for making decorations with the icing.
To thin the icing for piping: Add in the extract flavoring and mix. Slowly add in water, 1 teaspoon at a time, and continue mixing the icing until the desired consistency is reached.
Mine looked like this.
How do I Know When Icing Is Mixed Well Enough For Piping
Well, here’s a little inside tip: To find a good piping consistency, spoon some icing out of the bowl and pour it back into the bowl. If the icing takes 8-10 seconds to melt back into the bowl then it is ready to use. I usually sing Dolly’s “Jolene, Jolene” and let the last Jolene go a little long and that usually does it 🙂
Coloring: If one color is being used, add it to the mixing bowl.
Gently stir the food coloring in until blended. If multiple colors are being used, pour the desired icing into separate bowls, drop in the coloring and gently stir the icing until the colors are blended.
Scoop the icing into a piping bag for use.
TIP to Prevent Hardening too Soon:
When the icing isn’t being used cover the bag and tip with a damp towel to prevent hardening.
Start creating your design.
I got creative with some Polka Dots here! But you can make whatever you like.
Here are a couple other examples. You can use this Royal Icing recipe for all occasions,; Valentine’e Day, Christmas, Easter, 4th of July. You name it. The possibilities are endless. Just keep practicing.
Here’s our finished cookie. Aren’t those polka dots cute!!
- 7.5 cups powdered sugar equals 2 pounds
- 1/2 cup water *Extra water for thinning the icing will be needed for piping*
- 6 tbsp meringue powder
- 1 tsp Vanilla you can use whatever extract flavoring you like
- Food Coloring *Optional*
- Using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, combine all of the ingredients and mix together until a hard icing is formed. (8-10minutes) .
- To thin the icing for piping: Add in the extract flavoring and mix. Slowly add in water, 1 teaspoon at a time, and continue mixing the icing until you get it to the consistency you want. See notes for how to find a good piping consistency.
- For coloring: one color add it to the mixing bowl and gently stir the food coloring in until blended. If you are using more than one color, pour the desired icing into separate bowls, add in the coloring and gently stir the icing until the colors are blended. Scoop the icing into a piping bag for use.
- This recipe is best done in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment.
- Humidity will affect how much water you might need
Can Royal Icing Be Frozen?
Yessiree! Store leftover icing in the freezer or refrigerator in an airtight bag. When ready to use, place the icing back into the mixer and mix until desired constituency has been reached.
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