Jan 08


Royal Icing Recipe {Free Illustrated Recipe}

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Good royal icing recipes are hard to come by, let alone magical ones. Treat your treats to this sublime icing recipe, passed down through generations of mythical fairies.

For a FREE, sharable, printable version: click here.

An alternate version was submitted and accepted on They Draw & Cook, which you can find here.

For instructions on finding icing consistency for cookie decorating, click here.

Thanks to my amazing designer/art director Arthur Kononuk, for creating this adorable illustrated recipe and intro for me! I love it and hope you do too.

Update; the word meringue in step one has been misspelled, so I’ve corrected the printable version, but have left the original up in this post, in case replacing it would break the links on Pinterest.



p.s. I linked this post up to Tidy Mom’s I’m Lovin’ It.




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  1. Kayla
    December 9, 2018 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    Can the cream of tartar be left out I do not like the flavor of it however I wasn’t sure if it affects the consistency? Thanks!

    • marian
      December 10, 2018 at 8:57 am | Permalink

      Hi Kayla, yes it can. Happy decorating!

  2. Whaan
    December 11, 2018 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    How long can I keep the royal icing out of the fridge? I live in a hot weather country and I’m wondering if I can keep it out of the fridge (covered with cling film in a box). Will it go off?

    • marian
      December 23, 2018 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

      I would err on the side of caution if you live in a really hot country, and refrigerate. Happy decorating! xo

  3. Emilee Powell
    December 21, 2018 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    Is the powdered icing sugar the same as the powdered sugar i can get at any store?

    • marian
      December 23, 2018 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

      Hi Emilee,

      Yes powdered sugar is also known as icing sugar or confectioner’s sugar, and is found in the baking isle of most grocery stores.

  4. Gabrielle
    December 23, 2018 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    Always love your beautiful cookie designs, recipes and your tutorials, Marion! Do you have a recipe for royal icing made with fresh egg whites? I need to make royal icing today and I cannot find meringue powder anywhere. TIA!

  5. Edith
    February 1, 2019 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    Hello! I am in awe of your cookies and your decorating techniques. I love the idea of the chocolate valentine cookies. When you were making the stripped & flower cookies, I noticed the chocolate were different in colors (lighter and darker). My question is, are you still using dark chocolate (or white chocolate)? or is it with just the white royal icing (no chocolate in it)…if so, can the white royal icing be flavored with a chocolate extract?

    • marian
      February 2, 2019 at 9:52 am | Permalink

      Hi Edith,
      I’ve never seen chocolate extract but I’m sure it exists and you could do that. (Not sure about white chocolate though, but again, I’m sure it could be done). I made chocolate royal icing, which turned out a light brown, so you can color your chocolate icing a deeper brown by adding brown food coloring. Hope that helps!

  6. March 5, 2019 at 6:28 am | Permalink

    How do I order a book im just getting into doing cookies I volunteer in my granddaughter class doing crafts won’t to make cookies for Easter

    • marian
      March 5, 2019 at 11:54 am | Permalink

      Hi Patricia,

      I’m sorry, I don’t have a book, but just share blog posts on how to decorate cookies, and have cookie decorating video tutorials too. Here is my YouTube channel if you’d like to check out the videos:

      Happy decorating!

  7. Nitzia Espino
    May 15, 2019 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    The first time I did a super mario cookie. The black seeped thur the skin tone color. Looked like a web of black going thru it. So I tried again. This time I let the skin tone color dry for 15hrs before using the black and then again for the red. It didn’t seep thru. But after a whole day I noticed the red and black was staining over the skin tone color. I gave up idk what I’m doing wrong. The colors are hand made I let them sit for a whole day before using them so the full color could set in and not darken when it’s on the cookies. Any advice?

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