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Royal Icing

If you are making gingerbread cookies or need a really sturdy icing, this royal icing is your ticket. It’s only three ingredients whipped together until fluffy and stiff. Very sweet, but really reliable.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Christmas Cookies, cookie decorating, royal icing, royal icing recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 cups
Calories 960kcal
Author Lauren's Latest



  • Start by whipping the egg whites until frothy using a stand or hand mixer.
  • Add in the vanilla and stir in the powdered sugar, one cup at a time.
  • Once the powdered sugar has been incorporated, whip on high speed for 5 to 7 minutes or until very thick.
  • Store at room temperature in an airtight container with plastic wrap directly on the royal icing to prevent drying out.


Nutritional information is for 1 cup of icing. This recipe makes two total cups.


Calories: 960kcal | Carbohydrates: 240g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 72mg | Potassium: 66mg | Sugar: 235g | Iron: 1mg