Glossy Royal Icing


I received this royal icing recipe with corn syrup from a professional baker. I prefer to use this instead of a regular royal icing recipe with egg whites. It hardens nicely and is glossy rather than matte, like regular royal icing. Use almond, orange, or lemon extract, whatever you prefer.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
2 1/2 cups


  • ¼ cup warm water

  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup

  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract

  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar, or more as needed


  1. Stir together warm water, corn syrup, and almond extract in a small bowl until corn syrup and extract have dissolved.

  2. Place confectioners' sugar into a large bowl and pour in corn syrup mixture. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until royal icing is smooth. Store in a lidded container for up to a week; stir thoroughly before using.


For thick icing, which you will need for outlining and details, add more confectioners' sugar until icing is quite thick. Icing can be thinned with a few drops of water to make a glaze for filling in outlines or dipping cookies.

Icing hardens into a shiny glaze quickly. Keep stirring your bowl of icing as you work with it.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

24 Calories
6g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 60
Calories 24
% Daily Value *
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Total Sugars 6g
Calcium 0mg 0%
Potassium 0mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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