Easy Royal Icing Recipe for Sugar Cookies

Make this easy royal icing recipe for sugar cookies and you can decorate beautiful sugar cookies for any occasion!

In a large bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together the meringue powder and powdered sugar. This can also be done with a hand mixer.

Slowly mix in the water and vanilla extract while the mixer is running on medium-low speed.

Increase speed to medium-high and beat until stiff peaks form, around 7-10 minutes.

Divide the icing into a bowl for each color. Add gel food coloring, a few drops at a time. Mix well until your desired shade is achieved.

From there, you can reserve some of the thicker icing for piping the borders, or thin all of the icing to flood consistency.

Once your icing is colored and the right consistency, scoop it into a piping bag. An easy way is to transfer to plastic wrap and roll up...

... then slide this into the piping bag, pulling one end through and snipping it off with scissors. Fit bag with a Wilton #2 or #3 tip.

Add borders, fill the middle with flood icing, using a toothpick to spread the icing around. Dry at room temperature for 6-8 hours.

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