Royal Icing Recipe

A simple, dairy-free icing recipe for decorating cookies.

Adapted from


  • 4 cups powdered sugar (1 1-pound box)
  • 2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 5 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice


  1. Combine ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Whisk on medium speed, stopping to scrape down the bowl, until glossy and stiff, about 5 minutes.
  2. This is a good consistency for piping; if spreading the frosting, thin with more lemon juice (a teaspoon at a time) until desired consistency.

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