Royal Icing

Use this icing for all of your dessert decorating needs. It tastes and looks especially great over cookies.

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  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons water
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons meringue powder


  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Food coloring (optional)


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[step-item number=”1″ image_url=”” title=”” ]In a small mixing bowl, combine the confectioners’ sugar, water, meringue powder, and cream of tartar; beat on low speed just until combined. Beat on high until stiff peaks form, 4-5 minutes. Tint with food coloring if desired. Keep unused icing covered at all times with a damp cloth. If necessary, beat again on high speed to restore texture.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”2″ image_url=”” title=”” ]To decorate, place icing in a pastry bag. For border decorations and dots, use #3 round pastry tip. For small detailed decorations, use #1 or #2 round pastry tip. Makes: about 1 cup.[/step-item][/step-list-wrapper]

Editor’s Note: Use of a coupler ring will allow you to easily change pastry tips for different designs. Meringue powder can be ordered by mail from Wilton Industries, Inc. Call 1-800-794-5866 or visit

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