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Traditional Royal Icing

Traditional Royal Icing uses raw egg white and lemon juice. It's generally considered safe, but is best avoided for pregnant people, small children, and immunocompromized people.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Servings: 20 or more cookies worth
Calories: 97kcal
Author: Marie Porter


  • 4 Large Egg Whites
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 4-6 cups Confectioners / Icing / Powdered Sugar


  • In clean stand mixer, whip egg whites until foamy.
  • Add lemon juice, whip for another minute.
  • Slowly add powdered sugar until cookie icing reaches desired consistency. You will want a fairly thick frosting – but still smooth and workable – for piping details and borders.*
  • If you're not using it immediately, transfer to an airtight container, cover surface with plastic wrap, and secure lid tightly.
  • Re-whip before use.


* A good way to figure out if your frosting is the right consistency is to pull a spoon through the middle of the frosting bowl.
– If the frosting settles out in less than 5 seconds, it’s too runny. Add a little more powdered sugar.
– If the frosting settles out in 5-10 seconds, you’re good to go!
– If the frosting takes longer than 10 seconds to settle, it’s too thick. Add a little water or lemon juice and try again.


Calories: 97kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 10mg | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Iron: 1mg