Best Royal Icing Recipe! {3 Ingredients!}

This is such an easy recipe! 
Only 3 ingredients- and they are common household ingredients too!

All you need is:
2 large egg whites
2 teaspoons fresh lemon


3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
Beat the egg whites with the lemon juice until combined, and then gradually add the powdered sugar.
 You’ll know your frosting is ready to use when you drizzle a “ribbon” and it remains on the surface for a few seconds. You want it to be thick enough so that when you put it on your cookies (or whatever) it won’t run off the edge, but stay in place. 
If it isn’t thick enough, you can always add more powdered sugar.  However you don’t want to beat it too much or the eggs will get whipped to much and give your frosting a curdled texture. 
 Add a little color to your frosting with food coloring. But remember that a little goes a long way, and you can always add more.
Use your Royal Icing right away. It hardens when exposed to air very quickly (which makes it both wonderful but sometimes hard to use!)
If you are not going to use it right away, then store it in an airtight container immediately.
You won’t want to miss the amazing project we used this royal icing for- I will be posting it soon in my DIY Party Tutorials Series.

thank you for stopping by!

  1. Anonymous

    December 13th, 2012 at 11:40 am

    I made some to decorate gingerbread cookies, it turned out great 🙂

    thank you

  2. Hannah Hathaway

    December 13th, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    I'm so glad! It is a great recipe for cookies (and tastes good too!) <3

  3. lindalos54

    June 3rd, 2013 at 4:38 am

    Just for a note, in case anyone is concerned about using egg whites…..I use Meringue Powder instead. That way there is no concern about possible salmonella or egg allergies. Wilton makes a Meringue powder that can be purchased pretty much any where that sells Wilton products.

    I have never made mine with lemon juice instead of water. Is there a special reason for using the lemon juice? Does it make it taste lemony? May have to try it with my next batch of RI that I am making this week.

  4. Hannah Hathaway

    June 3rd, 2013 at 4:50 am

    Good point about the meringue powder. And yes, the lemon juice gives it a nice flavor. 🙂

  5. lisa schaffer

    September 8th, 2013 at 2:27 am

    where do you buy meringue powder? I have never heard of that..

  6. Lindsey Lowen

    December 12th, 2015 at 3:33 am

    How many cookies does this ice on average?

  7. Kathleen Lytle

    September 10th, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Wal-Mart carries meringue powder in the cake decorating section near the crafts

  8. NH girl

    March 23rd, 2017 at 4:47 am

    I couldn't find the powder last year, so I just made meringue cookies and ground them in my food processor and they worked out great.

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