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Stack of Christmas cookies decorated with white icing.

Easy Royal Icing Recipe

Easy Royal Icing Recipe made with egg whites and vanilla. Simple and delicious cookie icing that can be dyed for all different color options!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 8 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 3 Cups
Author Jenn


  • 3 Egg Whites large
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 4 Cups (440 grams) Powdered Sugar


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment, whip egg whites on medium high until soft peaks form.
  • Add vanilla, then mix in 1 cup of a sugar at a time while continuing on medium high speed.
  • Scrape bottom and side of bowl with rubber spatula to incorporate all powdered sugar stuck on sides.
  • Whip on high for 4-5 minutes until thick and glossy.
  • Transfer icing to a piping bag with desired tip. Let decorated cookies dry on counter for 1-2 hrs before stacking.