I received this recipe 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.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
total:
10 mins
Servings:
60
Yield:
2 -1/2 cups
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Ingredients

60
Original recipe yields 60 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Stir warm water, corn syrup, and almond extract together in a small bowl until corn syrup and extract have dissolved. Place confectioners' sugar into a separate bowl and add liquid ingredients. 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.

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Cook's Notes:

For thick icing, which you will need for outlining and details, add more 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

24 calories; protein 0g; carbohydrates 6.2g 2% DV; fat 0g; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 0.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2012
I love that this recipe does not contain egg whites, so I feel better serving it to young kids. I used it to decorate my gingerbread men; I simply scooped the icing into a decorating bag with a plain tip. You can easily change the consistency by adding a little more warm water (thinner) or a little more powdered sugar (thicker). A little goes a long ways! Quick and easy. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/19/2013
Sorry, but this does not belong in the royal icing category. It is a GLAZE. A very good one...but an icing glaze. And yes it hardens and is shiny, but it is not a royal icing. It has a category of its own. Also it doesn't dry and harden as quickly. It's all I ever used to use....It tastes better than most royal icings and that is a plus. But for fine detail that holds it shape better...the royal icing wins. On taste...the glaze wins hands down. Read More
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112 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 14
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 7
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 3 stars
08/19/2013
Sorry, but this does not belong in the royal icing category. It is a GLAZE. A very good one...but an icing glaze. And yes it hardens and is shiny, but it is not a royal icing. It has a category of its own. Also it doesn't dry and harden as quickly. It's all I ever used to use....It tastes better than most royal icings and that is a plus. But for fine detail that holds it shape better...the royal icing wins. On taste...the glaze wins hands down. Read More
(164)
Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2012
I love that this recipe does not contain egg whites, so I feel better serving it to young kids. I used it to decorate my gingerbread men; I simply scooped the icing into a decorating bag with a plain tip. You can easily change the consistency by adding a little more warm water (thinner) or a little more powdered sugar (thicker). A little goes a long ways! Quick and easy. Read More
(81)
Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2012
So easy to prepare, and came out perfect...I just made this and the icing is already setting up and hardening nicely. i added orange extract to mine to go with chocolate angel cutouts...great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/27/2014
After trying two batches of the glaze that was suggested for the sugar cookies I made and have them both bomb, I'm so glad I found this recipe and tried it. It was perfect! Easy to make, easy to dip my camel shaped cookies into and get the icing where I wanted, and are now beginning to harden just like I wanted!! Next time I'll try a different extract, but didn't want to deviate from the original recipe on my first go. I live in the middle east and we are having U.S. military personnel over for Thanksgiving, these camel cookies are to go in the 'to-go' treat bags when they leave. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/02/2013
I used and really liked this recipe. I subbed 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract for the almond extract due to allergies and it turned out well Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2013
It worked perfectly for my chocolate sugar cookies! I added quite a bit more sugar to make it thicker & the color stand out more. I also used coconut extract (just cuz I love that stuff & it tastes great w/chocolate!) instead & it tastes great!! Good alternative when egg in icing kinda grosses you out & you don't have meringue powder! haha Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2014
I have been on the hunt for the perfect Royal Icing recipe and this is my winner!! It may not be a technical "royal" icing but it is the best I have ever used! All of the royal icing recipes I have tried either don't taste very good or they are hard- rock hard! Everyone said the cookies tasted as good as they looked! I had to add about 4 tbsp more water then this recipe called for but just add what you need! Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2014
Followed the recipe exactly highly recommend! It dries to the touch rather quickly so handling them is easier. Made valentine cookies with my 2 sons and they had a blast. This will be my go-to sugar cookie icing recipe. (I'm not sure it will hold gingerbread houses together but perfect for sugar cookies.) big success! Yay! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2012
Flawless recipe - thank you!! Read More
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