This easy Royal Icing recipe has no eggs and will yield about 2 cups of icing. It's perfect for icing cookies or building gingerbread houses.
How to Make Royal Icing Googly Eyes Remember these yummy mummies? ;) I'm pretty sure my toddler has been reminding me to make these for the last month. These Halloween Cookie Suckers are a huge hit in our house and neighborhood! We decided to make homemade googly eyes for these adorable treats! They are super easy to make and they last forever! Kids of every age will have a blast making these crazy cute little eyeballs. How to Make Royal Icing Googly Eyes Royal Icing: I love royal icing. It is so much fun to work with. There are lots
How To Make Perfect Royal Icing In 3 Minutes - Sharing all my secrets for whipping up delicious (and easy!) royal icing in 3 minutes!
Royal icing is that firm, colorful icing used for intricate cookie decorating. While cookie decorating takes some time, the icing comes together in minutes!
An image of white royal icing in a stand mixer with the beater lifted out of the mixing bowl to show how thick the icing is.
Cake decorating doesn't have to be hard, and with my Easy Royal Icing for Cake Decorating you'll be able to make your cakes as beautiful as you've always wanted!
Here is my classic easy royal icing made with meringue powder. It's easy to work with, sets quickly, and won't break your teeth when it dries. It has the most delicious taste and texture and makes decorating sugar cookies FUN and SIMPLE. Use this traditional royal icing recipe for both flooding and outlining your sugar cookies!This is the only traditional royal icing I use. It’s my favorite because it’s easy to work with, sets quickly, and doesn’t require raw egg whites. And, best of all, it doesn’t have a hard cement-like texture. It won’t break your teeth like other royal icings!Meringue Power in Royal IcingThere are many ways to prepare royal icing and my favorite method is with meringue powder. Meringue powder takes the place of raw egg whites, which is found in traditional royal icing recipes. Both create a very sturdy and stable icing that hardens quickly on top of cookies. Meringue powder, while containing eggs, eliminates the need for raw fresh eggs, but still provides the EXACT same consistency. You can find meringue powder in some baking aisles, most craft stores with a baking section, and online. I just buy it on Amazon in the 8 ounce container. Super inexpensive and it lasts me awhile.This royal icing is just 3 ingredients: confectioners' sugar, meringue powder, and water. The trickiest part is landing on the perfect consistency, but I have a helpful video for you below. Sometimes I need more water, sometimes I need less water. But the wonderful thing is that you can manipulate the icing to get the proper consistency by adding more water or more confectioners' sugar. It's awesome.Use This Royal Icing for Flooding and PipingI use this one royal icing for both piping/outlining and flooding. It is thick enough to outline and thin enough to flood, which makes it super convenient.Decorating Sugar CookiesHere is the sugar cookie recipe you need. Soft centers, crisp edges, easy to decorate.Some handy tools: Couplers – only needed if you’re using the same icing color, but need to switch tips. Piping Bags – I prefer the 16 inch size for decorating. Gel Food Coloring – get the whole set. I love these colors for royal icing, cake batter, frosting, etc. They’re high pigmented so you don’t need as much coloring. Piping Tips– see below. Toothpick -- I use a toothpick to help spread out the icing. You could also just use the piping tip, too.And some piping tips. I always use Wilton piping tip #4 for outlining and flooding the cookie with icing. This is a wonderful basic piping tip to have in your collection. For any detail, I use a thinner round tip like Wilton piping tip #1 (super thin) and Wilton piping tip #2 (thin). For larger round tips that are easier to work with, I suggest Wilton piping tip #3, Wilton piping tip #4, or Wilton piping tip #5. The piping tip #s reflect their sizes-- #1 being the thinnest and #5 being the largest of this particular bunch.Just starting out with piping details? I suggest #1 (smallest), #3 (medium), and #5 (largest of the bunch). You can create anything basic with these three.Royal Icing ConsistencyAfter mixing the 3 icing ingredients together, lift the whisk attachment up. If the icing that drips off melts back into the bowl of icing within 5-10 seconds, you're golden. If it's too thick, add more water. If it's super thin and watery, add more confectioners' sugar.Can I Freeze Royal Icing?Yes, royal icing can be frozen. Many royal icing recipes, including my own, yield a lot of icing. Any leftover royal icing can be frozen for up to 2 months. Place leftover royal icing into zipped-top freezer bags. If you have more than 1 color, each color should have its own bag. Before sealing, squeeze as much air out of the bag as possible. Freeze on a flat shelf surface in your freezer. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and bring to room temperature before using again.Sugar cookies decorated with royal icing freeze well up to 3 months. Wait for the icing to set completely before layering between sheets of parchment paper in a freezer-friendly container. To thaw, thaw in the refrigerator or at room temperature.Royal Icing AlternativeIf desired, try this royal icing alternative that I posted on my blog a couple years ago. This "glaze" icing doesn't set/dry as quickly as royal icing and it's not as easy to decorate with. That being said, sometimes it's just the more convenient option! It will dry in about 24 hours, where the royal icing recipe below dries in about 1-2 hours.Here is my recipe for the best sugar
Make these easy royal icing cookies for Father's Day, or just for fun, today!
The Perfect Sugar Cookie Recipe want to try these for spring.