Perfect and Delicious Royal Icing


This frosting will dry like traditional royal icing, but it doesn't suck all the flavor and moisture out of the cookies and it tastes absolutely delicious!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
6 cups


  • ½ cup water

  • ¼ cup meringue powder

  • 7 cups confectioners' sugar

  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup (such as Karo®)

  • 2 tablespoons shortening (such as Crisco®)

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Whip water and meringue powder on high speed in a large bowl using an electric mixer until fluffy and soft peaks form, 7 to 10 minutes. Gradually add confectioners' sugar, corn syrup, shortening, and vanilla extract while mixing on low speed. Increase speed back to high and beat until well-combined and smooth, about 3 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

If the icing is too thick, thin with water, a tablespoon at a time.

Tint icing with food coloring if desired.

Store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to one month.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

82 Calories
1g Fat
19g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 48
Calories 82
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Sodium 4mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 0g
Calcium 0mg 0%
Potassium 1mg 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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