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Pink snowflake shaped cookie being decorated with royal icing from squeeze bottle.

How to Decorate Cookies with Royal Icing

Course: cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: royal icing, decorating cookies
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 3 dozen
Author: Laureen King
Easy to follow instructions for decorating cookies with royal icing
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  • 1 lb confectioner's sugar also called powdered or icing sugar
  • 5 tbsp meringue powder
  • 1/ 2 cup cold water
  • gel food colouring


  • Sift together confectioner's sugar and meringue powder. Be sure to sift or you will have lumps!
  • Using an electric mixer on medium speed beat together sugar, meringue powder and water for 7 minutes. Icing will be very thick
  • Thin to desired consistency by mixing very small amounts (¼ tsp. at a time) to icing for outlining, covering and decorating cookies. see detailed instructions above.