Royal Icing Recipe

Royal Icing Recipe
Staff Writer
Sugar Cookie Ornament

Nicole Franzen

Sugar Cookie Ornament

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.


  • 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


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.

Royal Icing Shopping Tip

There are so many varieties of chocolate on the shelves today it can be overwhelming to pick one – as a general rule of thumb, the fewer the ingredients, the better the chocolate.

Royal Icing Cooking Tip

Think beyond cakes and pies – fruits like peaches, pineapple, and figs are excellent grilled – brush with melted butter or wine and sprinkle with sugar and spices for a dessert that you can feel good about.