Royal Icing

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Recipe adapted from JoyofBaking.com

 
Makes about 3 cups
 




Ingredients

 

To make royal icing using egg whites:

  • 2 large egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
 

To make royal icing using meringue powder:

  • 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 3 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract 
  • 1/2 cup - 3/4 cup warm water
 




Instructions

 

For the royal icing using egg whites:

 
Step 1: In the bowl of your mixer, beat the egg whites with the lemon juice. 
 
Step 2 Add the sifted powdered sugar and beat on low speed until combined and smooth.
 
Step 3: Mix in food coloring, if desired. 
 

For the royal icing using meringue powder:

 
Step 1: In the bowl of your mixer, beat the confectioners' sugar and meringue powder until combined.  
 
Step 2: Add the water and beat on medium to high speed until very glossy and stiff peaks form (5 to 7 minutes). If necessary, to get the right consistency, add more powdered sugar or water. 
 
Step 3: Mix in food coloring, if desired. 
 

Icing Tips:

 
To cover or 'flood' the entire surface of the cookie with icing, the proper consistency is when you lift the beater, the ribbon of icing that falls back into the bowl remains on the surface of the icing for a few seconds before disappearing.
 
The icing needs to be used immediately or transferred to an airtight container as royal icing hardens when exposed to air. Cover with plastic wrap when not in use.
 




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