Royal Icing Recipe

Make this handy glue or glaze for holiday cookies. This icing dries out quickly, so keep the bowl covered with plastic wrap or a damp towel until ready to use. Paste food colouring creates lovely colours without changing the consistency of the icing. We found an assortment of pastry bags, icing tips, cookie cutters and paste food colouring at Bulk Barn. Keep in mind that this recipe contains uncooked egg whites. If you're concerned about raw egg whites, purchase pasteurized egg whites at the grocery store, or make royal icing with meringue powder, following package instructions.


4 cups icing sugar
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
3 egg whites
Paste food colouring


Step 1: In a bowl, sift together icing sugar and cream of tartar. Using an electric mixer, beat in egg whites for 7-10 minutes or until icing is thick enough to hold its shape.

Step 2: Separate into smaller bowls if making several colours of icing. Add paste food colouring to each bowl until desired colour is achieved.

Makes about 2-1/2 cups of icing

Use this recipe to build Holiday Gingerbread Boxes, the perfect way to wrap up gifts this Christmas!