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Perfect and Delicious Royal Icing

Rated as 4.62 out of 5 Stars

"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!"
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15 m servings 82
Original recipe yields 48 servings (6 cups)


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  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.
  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 82 calories; 0.6 19.4 0.3 0 4 Full nutrition

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Awesome icing! I did thin mine a bit with water b/c I wanted to be able to pipe it on the cookies easily. Tastes great and easy to make...a definite keeper~YUM! Thanks for sharing. :)

I LOVE this recipe!! I’ve tried several and this is it for me. I divide the icing into small bowls, then add coloring, then add small amounts of water to get the right consistency. Also..if I ne...

This is an excellent recipe. Best royal icing I’ve ever made. Has a nice shine to it and perfect consistency. I reduced the vanilla and added 1/4 tsp of almond extract. Delicious.

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keep adding water for the right consistency. I also added lemon flavor to my gingerbread icing. Terrific!!!