Glossy Royal Icing recipe

Glossy Royal Icing

Glossy Royal Icing is a classic recipe used for decorating cakes and cookies. It has a smooth and shiny finish that adds a touch of elegance to any dessert. This recipe makes enough icing to decorate approximately 24-30 cookies or a small cake.


– Calories: 23
– Fat: 0g
– Carbohydrates: 6g
– Protein: 0g
– Sodium: 3mg
– Sugar: 6g


– 3 large egg whites, room temperature
– 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– Gel food coloring, as desired

**Additional Notes:**

– It’s important to make sure that all utensils and bowls are completely clean and free of any grease or residue before making royal icing. Any residual grease can cause the icing to collapse or become too runny.
– Royal icing dries out quickly, so make sure to keep it covered with plastic wrap or a damp towel while using it.
– If the icing becomes too thick, simply add a few drops of water at a time until it reaches the desired consistency. If it becomes too thin, add more powdered sugar.

**Cooking Time:**

– Preparation Time: 15 minutes
– Total Time: 15 minutes


– 24-30 cookies or small cake


– Dessert


– European


  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until foamy.
  2. Add the sifted powdered sugar one cup at a time, mixing on low speed until the sugar is fully incorporated.
  3. Add vanilla extract and beat on high speed for 5-7 minutes, or until the icing becomes glossy and forms soft peaks.
  4. If the icing is too thick, add a few drops of water at a time until the desired consistency is reached.
  5. If desired, add gel food coloring and mix until fully incorporated.
  6. Transfer the icing to a pastry bag fitted with a small round tip and decorate your cookies or cake as desired.
  7. Allow the icing to dry completely before serving or storing.

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