This royal icing is easy to make and will make your cookies look professional.


  1. 4 cups powdered sugar (about 1 pound)
  2. 5 Tablespoons warm water (more if needed)
  3. 3 Tablespoons meringue powder


  • Beat the powdered sugar, water and meringue powder in a large bowl until icing forms peaks. It will take about 7­-10 minutes at low speed with a heavy­duty mixer and  10­-12 minutes at high speed with a hand­held mixer. It should be fairly thick.
  • Once you've made your frosting transfer to bowls for adding colors and then transfer into your icing bottle.
  • Next outline your cookie with a stiffer frosting and a fine frosting tip (I used a #2 tip). This border creates a dam to make sure the "flood" icing doesn't go off the sides of the cookies.