Half a Batch of Royal Icing Recipe

Have you ever been in the middle of decorating a 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 | The Bearfoot Baker

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.
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  • 1.12 lbs (4 1/4 cups powdered sugar)
  • 6 tablespoons of water
  • ½ teaspoons cream of tartar (if your meringue powder doesn't list it in the ingredients.)
  • 2.5 tablespoons of  Meringue Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Pure Vanilla Extract


  • 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 updated the recipe above to let you know that you don’t have to add cream of tartar if the meringue powder recipe has it listed as an ingredient. Also, for half a batch of royal icing, you can reduce the amount of pure vanilla extract to half a teaspoon. 10-31-19.

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

You might find yourself using this recipe a lot. It’s great if you only have a few cookies to decorate or if you want to make some royal icing transfers. It’s been really helpful to me. If you like that, you are going to enjoy all of these recipes below!

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