Someone frosting heart sugar cookies with pink royal icing.

How to Make Royal Icing

Easy Royal Icing gives your sugar cookies the royal treatment; the results are always pretty and polished. This tried-and-true recipe goes on like silk, dries firm, and tastes fantastic.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword frosting
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 3 cups
Calories 81kcal
Author Meggan Hill


  • 3 ounces pasteurized egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar


  • In a standing mixer fit with the whisk attachment on medium-high speed, add the egg whites and vanilla and beat until foamy.
  • Reduce mixer speed to low and add the powdered sugar until just incorporated and shiny. Beat on high for 5 to 7 minutes or until the mixture is thick and glossy with stiff peaks.
  • Add food coloring if desired, then transfer to piping bags or spread with a spatula. If using sprinkles or sugar, add quickly before the frosting hardens.
  • To make in advance, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


Calories: 81kcal