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Royal Icing


From EatingWell:  November/December 1998

Royal icing hardens when it dries, making it particularly useful when decorating sugar cookies.

About 1 cup, enough to decorate at least 3 dozen cookies | Active Time: 20 minutes | Total Time: 20 minutes



  1. Combine dried egg whites (or meringue powder), water, cream of tartar and lemon (or almond) extract in a large bowl. Add sugar and beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until stiff peaks form, 6 to 12 minutes.
  2. Add water if needed to adjust icing consistency for piping or spreading. Add food coloring, if desired. Keep a damp cloth or paper towel directly on the icing while you work, to keep it from drying out.


Per teaspoon : 20 Calories; 0 g Fat; 0 g Sat; 0 g Mono; 0 mg Cholesterol; 5 g Carbohydrates; 0 g Protein; 0 g Fiber; 1 mg Sodium; 4 mg Potassium

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