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Meringue Powder Royal Icing

This royal icing recipe uses meringue powder rather than raw egg whites, making it a safer option for pregnant people, young children, and the elderly or immune compromised.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 20 or more cookies worth
Calories: 93kcal
Author: Marie Porter


  • 4 Cup Icing Sugar
  • ¼ cup Meringue Powder
  • cup lukewarm water ideal or large mixing bowl (to beat with an electric hand mixer)


  • Combine icing sugar and meringue powder in the bowl of a stand mixer - ideal - or large mixing bowl (to beat with an electric hand mixer)
  • Add water, mix on low speed until combined.
  • Turn speed up to high, beat for a couple minutes until thick, smooth, and glossy.
  • Check the frosting for consistency, adjust as needed for your intended usage. 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: 93kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Sodium: 1mg | Sugar: 23g | Iron: 1mg