Royal Icing for your Easter Treats

The Easter season was just upon us. Filled with sweet treats at every turn, but the family-favorite around my house is the quintessential iced sugar cookie cut-out. This is our favorite sugar cookie recipe.

Who doesn’t love a frosted Easter Egg or Bunny?

Speaking of frosting, I was given the most versatile Royal Icing recipe at a cookie making class I attended in early December. I use it all year long!

I have always struggled with Royal Icing: Too thin, too thick, and too dull when it dries. This recipe solves all of those problems. Ingredients:


  • 5 Tbs. Meringue Powder
  • 1/2 Cup Water (this will change based on how thin/thick you need the consistency to be)
  • 1/4 tsp. Cream of Tarter
  • 3 tsp. Vanilla Flavoring (you can later this if you wold like another flavor: Almond, Lemon, Butter, etc.)
  • 1/2 tsp. Food Glycerin
  • 1 Lbs. Powdered Sugar (aka the WHOLE bag)
  • 3 Tbs – 1/4 Cup Light Corn Syrup


  • In a large bowl (or stand mixer) add: meringue powder, water, cream of tarter, vanilla, & food glycerin.
  • Mix until incorporated and frothy (NO Peaks)!!!
  • Add the 2 lb. bag of powdered sugar at the same time. Be careful not to use a high setting or cover your bowl with a towel to prevent a powdered sugar shower.
  • the icing will be really hard to mix once the powdered sugar is incorporated (you will really get a work-out if you are using a hand mixer).
  • At his point add the light corn syrup until it starts to resemble thick royal icing.
  • continue to mix 10-15 minutes (this is really where the stand mixer is handy) making sure the icing doesn’t resemble a marshmallow (AGAIN, no stiff peaks)!!!
  • At this point your Royal icing is complete however, you will want to separate it into different bowls to add color (the fun part), or change the consistency by adding more water.
  • You will have to play with it a bit, but this recipe holds better than any other recipe I have tried and it dries beautifully.

This video offers some cute decorating options for Easter Cookies using Royal Icing.

Happy Easter,



2 Comments Add yours

  1. Don’t you just love royal icing? It makes the best decorated cookies. I have to try your recipe, mine doesn’t have glycerin in it.

    1. stacey says:

      I have tried many royal icing recipes…not only does this make the most…freezes great, but it also has the most reliable consistency. Definitely give it a try next time…the glycerin makes it a little more glossy than most royal icing recipes.

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