Royal Icing Recipe

Sugar Cookie Ornament
Nicole Franzen


  • 3 ¾ cups confectioner’s sugar (from one 1-pound box)
  • 5 tablespoons egg white powder
  • 1/3-2/3 cups water, as needed
  • Food coloring, as desired

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by Nancy Olson

From Nancy Olson, the Pastry Chef at Gramercy Tavern. Nancy uses this recipe to decorate the sugar cookie ornaments she creates to decorate the restaurant's holiday tree.


Combine the confectioner’s sugar with the egg white powder. Add the water until the desired consistency of icing is created; for piping, you want something stiffer, while for spreading, you want something more liquid that will naturally smooth itself out. Avoid whipping the icing, as it will become prone to drying out quickly.

Separate the icing into small bowls and color each as desired.


Calories per serving:

293 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Fat, Low Sodium Fat Free, Low Fat Abs, Low Potassium, Kidney Friendly, Vegetarian, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 0g 0%
  • Carbs 75g 25%
  • Sugars 74g
  • Protein 1g 1%
  • Sodium 12mg 1%
  • Calcium 1mg 0%
  • Magnesium 1mg 0%
  • Potassium 12mg 0%
  • Iron 0mg 0%
  • Zinc 0mg 0%
  • Phosphorus 1mg 0%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 0%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 2%
  • Niacin (B3) 0mg 0%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 0%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 0%
  • Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 0g
  • Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 0g
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