Icing and Frosting

October 1, 2022

Royal Icing with Meringue Powder

This easy recipe for royal icing is made with meringue powder. The icing has a nice soft texture and can be used to decorate sugar cookies. The benefit of royal icing is that it will harden as it dries and allows you to stack cookies without ruining the decorative design.

For a long time, I was scared to try royal icing because it seemed complicated. Just jump right in and give it a try! It is actually very simple to make and only has three ingredients.

Royal Icing with Meringue Powder

Easy royal icing that tastes great and dries hard. Perfect for sugar cookies!


Anne Voss

  • 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 3 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 7 tablespoons water
  1. Sift powdered sugar into the bowl of your stand mixer.
  2. Add meringue powder.
  3. Whisk by hand powdered sugar and meringue powder together to incorporate.
  4. Add water.
  5. Using the whisk attachment for your stand mixer, slowly mix the icing on low speed until the powdered sugar is no longer dry.
  6. Increasing the mixing speed to medium (approximately number 6 on a Kitchen Aid mixer) and let the icing mix for 4 minutes.
  7. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides and bottom of the mixing bowl where they may be dry powdered sugar.
  8. Continue to mix on medium speed for 5 more minutes.
  9. The icing should form lines in the mixing bowl and peaks on the whisk attachment.
  10. Transfer the icing to an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Makes 3 cups of icing

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Recipe Notes

Below you will find tips and tricks to help achieve the best results possible!


Powdered sugar – make sure the powdered sugar is sifted. You do not want clumps of powdered sugar in your icing as that will make cookie decorating more difficult. Powdered sugar is the same as confectioners’ sugar.

Meringue powder – many crafts stores sell meringue powder or it can be purchased online. The meringue powder helps to stabilize the icing and prevents it from cracking as it dries. Traditional royal icing recipes use egg whites, but I think meringue powder is easier to use.

ingredients for royal icing with meringue powder sifted into mixing bowl

Supplies Needed

Stand mixer or hand mixer – I suggest using a stand mixer, if available, due to the long mixing time required for this recipe.

Whisk attachment for stand mixer

Hand whisk

Measuring spoons

Tips and Tricks

Start the stand mixer at a low speed. Otherwise, you will have powdered sugar all over your countertop!

Scrape down the sides of the bowl and the bottom of the mixer to make sure any dry powdered sugar is incorporated.

closeup of royal icing with meringue powder  in mixing bowl. Lines in the icing from the whisk are visible


You can make flavored royal icing by adding extract to the recipe. Peppermint extract is nice during the holidays but be careful not to make it too potent. Other extracts to use are almond, orange, lemon, etc. Start by adding 1/2 teaspoon of extract at a time until you reach the desired flavor.  

You can also add spices to royal icing but it may change the icing color or leave the icing speckled. In the past, I have added cinnamon, vanilla bean paste, or pumpkin pie spice to royal icing. Again, start with a small amount at a time and add more as needed.

How to Store Royal Icing?

Royal icing can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. The longer you store royal icing, you will see that the icing will begin to separate. Stir together before using.

I often make my icing one day ahead of time so it is ready to use when I want to start decorating cookies. The key here is that the icing is covered in a container so it does not dry out before you work with it.

How to Use Royal Icing?

I am working on a blog post on how to use royal icing for sugar cookies. I will explain how to get the desired consistency to flood and fill cookies…stay tuned!

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