Thick Royal Icing

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

Yields1 1/3 cups



Total Timeunder 30 minutes

One Pot MealYes

Recipe Coursedessert

Dietary Considerationgluten-free, halal, kosher, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegetarian

Equipmentelectric mixer

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Taste and Texturesweet


  • 3 3/4 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 3 large egg whites
  • Gel, paste, liquid, or powdered food coloring


  1. Place confectioners’ sugar, egg whites, and water, if called for, in clean, grease-free bowls and whip with an electric mixer on high speed until thick and creamy, about 6 minutes Tint, if desired, with food coloring (powdered colors are dusted over dry icing). Start with small amounts of gel, paste, or liquid color; you can always add more.


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