Yield: Yields about 2 cups
A mixture of egg whites and confectioners’ sugar, royal icing hardens to a durable, crunchy consistency as it dries, which makes it ideal for cookies that you plan to give away; it’s great on Vanilla Cutout Cookies, Slice-and-Bakes, or Drop Cookies. To eliminate the small risk of salmonella that raw egg whites pose, use dried pasteurized whites; you can find them in the baking aisle at the supermarket.
Fuel your creative spark. Sign up for eletters today and get the latest from Fine Cooking plus special offers.
Make Ahead Tips
If not using the icing immediately, put a damp paper towel directly on the surface to prevent a skin from forming; you can let the icing sit at room temperature for up to 2 hours. If not using within 2 hours, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 12 hours. Let the icing come back to room temperature before using. If the icing is stiff, add a few drops of water and beat briefly on low speed to loosen.
Two stars because the consistency is nothing like the recipe describes. More stars for taste. Is there a difference between powdered egg whites and meringue powder? I used meringue powder and this icing turned out nothing like the photo (it isn't "glossy" nor does it have "stiff peaks") It is more like a very soft fondant. It tastes very sweet (not a surprise or complaint). I'm to use it to help my child's class decorate gingerbread this afternoon...I'm not sure if the very thick quality will break the cookies as the kids decorate or if it will turn out just fine.
Explore the Pacific Northwest as Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking travels to Seattle to get a taste of some of the freshest food on the west coast. Host Curtis Stone…View all Moveable Feast recipes and video extras
© 2017 The Taunton Press, Inc. All rights reserved.
Fine Cooking may receive a percentage of sales for items purchased through links on this site, including Amazon Associates and other affiliate advertising programs.
Do you really want to delete the list, ?
This won't delete the recipes and articles you've saved, just the list.
This feature has been temporarily disabled during the beta site preview.
Add/Edit a private note for this recipeThis note is only visible to you.
Double CheckAre you sure you want to delete your notes for this recipe?