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Easy Royal Icing

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  • Total 15 min
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Perfect for gluing together gingerbread houses and icing cookies with a hard, sweet trim, this basic recipe for royal icing works like a charm!
Updated Sep 7, 2017
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  • 2 pasteurized egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 3/4 cups powdered sugar


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    In a large stand mixer, beat egg whites and vanilla together until soft peaks form. Add powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time, mixing until smooth. Turn speed up to high and whip mixture until stiff and glossy. Use immediately or promptly store refrigerated in an airtight container or plastic bag, since the icing dries out and hardens very quickly.

Nutrition Information

1830 Calories, 0g Total Fat, 7g Protein, 450g Total Carbohydrate, 441g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories from Fat
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Total Carbohydrate
Dietary Fiber
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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  • For the icing on the cake to a fantastic evening of celebration, send your guests home with a personalized party favor. Personalized and monogrammed favors add a little extra something to wow your guests, so take these tips and ideas to whip up something sweet for your next party. Personalize Your Cookies Pick your favorite sugar cookie recipe and whip up a batch of personalized cookies to fit your theme! Hosting an engagement party? Bake ring-shaped cookies and add the couple’s initials in icing on top! Throwing a birthday bash for your favorite golfer? Decorate cookies shaped like golf balls or golf bags with the birthday boy’s name, or use cookies as place cards placed in front of each guest's seat. For a tailgate party, send guests off to the game with a basketball or football cookie with their name on it. Monogrammed Truffles Looking for something a bit fancier than cookies to personalize for your guests? Truffles and cake balls are the perfect goodie to give your guests! You don't have the variety of shapes, as with sugar cookies, but they’re easy to drop in a mini box and not too filling if your guests have already indulged in lots of savory foods at the party. Oreo Balls are one of my “go-to” recipes, and you truly want to make extras because they go FAST! Once you've picked your favorite truffle or cake ball recipe, make a batch of Royal Icing. Fill a large plastic bag with a batch of icing. Cut a small hole in the corner of the bag and pipe monogram letters onto the truffles. Allow to dry. Royal icing becomes very hard when dry so your letters will not smudge. Packaging Ideas Place a cute tag on your party favor to add another personalized touch! Take it up a notch by using decorative edged scissors to cut around the message. Punch a hole in the top corner and string on with ribbon. Make your own by using graphics online and adding your own text over it to personalize the tag. One of my go-to tips as a hostess is a cellophane bag tied with colorful ribbons. You can pick up cellophane bags in the gift wrap or baking aisle of your local craft store or buy bulk online so you always have plenty in stock. Fill with your cookies, cake truffles, doughnuts, or other sweet treats and tie with a simple ribbon. Wa-la! All set for easy favors. Want something a bit more elegant? Opt for mini boxes, and choose a color to match your party. Hosting a backyard cookout? Pick a natural or tan color with red checked ribbon and fill with initialed cookies. Or pick a silver box filled with chocolate truffles and white ribbon for a wedding reception, engagement party, or anniversary! You get the gist: Fit the box and ribbon to your theme! Pick up mini boxes online or in your craft store. More Personalized Party Favor Ideas 1. Send guests home with these Monogram Chocolate Cupcakes 2. Try a non-edible idea with this DIY for Hand Carved Monogrammed Soup 3. A full DIY for monogrammed cookies So the next time you’re playing hostess with the mostess, send guests home with a personalized party favor in cute packaging to end the night on a sweet note!
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