How to Make Royal Icing from Scratch
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins

The most versatile cookie decorating icing around, this Royal Icing is simple to make from scratch.

Course: Baking
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cookie icing, Royal Icing
Servings: 2 cups
Calories: 968 kcal
Author: Kellie
  • 4 ounces pasteurized egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, mix the egg whites and vanilla until frothy.
  2. Gradually, add the sugar and mix on low speed until the sugar is incorporated and the icing is shiny. Turn the mixer to med-high and beat until the mixture forms stiff, shiny peaks, approximately 5-7 minutes.
  3. Stir in food coloring if desired.
  4. For immediate use, transfer to a pastry bag fitted with a tip and pipe onto the cookies. (Or if you're using a zip top bag, clip corner and pipe onto cookies.)
  5. Icing can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Nutrition Facts
How to Make Royal Icing from Scratch
Amount Per Serving (0 g)
Calories 968
% Daily Value*
Fat 0g0%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 99mg4%
Potassium 92mg3%
Carbohydrates 240g80%
Sugar 235g261%
Protein 6g12%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.