Half a Batch of Royal Icing Recipe

Have you ever been in the middle of decorating  set of cookies and you run out of icing? You only have 3 more cookies! Why can’t you squeeze enough icing out to finish this set? Why, why, WHY? I hate when that happens and I don’t want to make an entire batch because I won’t use that much and I will feel pressure to make more cookies just to use the icing I had to make to finish the last three. Well, I have a solution for you. I cut my royal icing recipe in half. Yep, a half a batch of royal icing recipe is perfect in situations like this one. Half a Batch of Royal Icing Recipe | The Bearfoot Baker
It works! A half a batch is exactly what you need sometimes.  It really saves me money and stress knowing I am not going to waste anything. This recipe is also great when you want to make royal icing transfers.

Half a Batch of Royal Icing Recipe

Half a Batch of Royal Icing Recipe

Sometimes you just don’t need a full batch of icing so here is a Half a Batch of Royal Icing for those smaller decorating jobs.


  • 1.12 lbs (4 1/4 cups) powdered sugar
  • 6 tablespoons of water
  • ½ teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 2.5 tablespoons of  Meringue Powder
  • 1 teaspoon of Pure Vanilla Extra


  • Place the powdered sugar in your KitchenAid mixing bowl and set aside.
  • In a measuring cup whisk the water, cream of tartar, Meringue powder, and vanilla extract.
  • With the mixer on low and the paddle attachment, add the wet ingredients with the powdered sugar.
  • Once the ingredients are combined, turn the mixer on high for about a minute.
  • Place icing in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap.

I can’t tell you how many times I could have used half a batch of icing when I first began decorating. I would try to think of ways to make the icing last so I didn’t waste it. If you want my full recipe and step by step instructions on how I make it, click here.

Royal Icing Recipe | The Bearfoot Baker

Here are a few more royal icing recipes you might enjoy:
Sweet Sugar Belle
Bake at 350

Happy Creating,