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The Cookie Network Royal Icing Recipe and KitchenAid Mixer Giveaway

The Cookie Network Royal Icing Recipe and KitchenAid Mixer Giveaway

Course The Bearfoot Baker


  • 2.25 pounds of Confectioners’ Sugar or powdered sugar
  • ¾ cup of water
  • 5 tablespoons of meringue powder
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract or another flavor you’d like to make.
  • 1 teaspoon of Cream of Tartar if your meringue powder doesn’t list it in the ingredients.


  • Sift Confectioners' Sugar.
  • I personally weigh it so I know the quantity is exactly 2.25 pounds and this makes a difference in how my royal icing turns out.
  • Place it in a bowl of a stand mixer. If you don’t have a stand mixer place it in a medium-sized mixing bowl.
  • Place the water, meringue powder, and flavor in a jar and mix it well. If you place it in a Mason jar and shake it, it will be frothy.
  • Pour it in the confectioner’s sugar.
  • Add the paddle attachment and mix it on the lowest speed until the confectioner’s sugar starts mixing with the wet ingredients.
  • Turn the mixer up a little and mix for about a minute or two.
  • Scrape the sides of the bowl and continue to mix until the icing looks smooth, thick, and creamy.
  • Place the royal icing into an airtight container.
  • Cover it with a piece of plastic wrap making sure it’s touching the top of the royal icing. This will prevent the air from crusting and drying the top layer of the icing.
  • Place the lid on the container.
  • When you’re ready to decorate, tint the icing with soft food gel colors, and decorate.


Royal icing is affected by humidity so you may need to adjust the water. I prefer to make it thick and add the water when I add the tint so I can get the consistency I need.
Keep the royal icing covered with the plastic wrap or it will form a crust in a matter of minutes.
When adjusting the consistency of the icing, Gail at One Tough Cookie taught us to use a spray bottle so we can add small amounts of water to achieve the consistency we need. It changed the way I make the icing. Thanks, Gail!
If you want a smaller batch of royal icing, here is my Half a Batch of Royal Icing Recipe.