Royal Icing

The only icing you’ll ever need for perfectly-decorated cookies.

The Backstory: This simple, three-ingredient recipe yields enough delicious icing to frost 2-3 dozen cookies. Icing can be applied to sugar cookies, brownies, bars or anything you wish to frost using a spatula or a piping bag with a small thin tip. Discard any unused leftover icing. More of the Backstory after the recipe

Royal Icing

This classic icing is perfect for decorating sugar cookies, Hanukah cookies, cookies for baby or wedding showers or any other baked good that you want to give a perfect finishing touch.
Course Desserts
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 lb. confectioner's sugar
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • food coloring, if desired


  1. Place the confectioners' sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the egg whites and lemon juice. Beat at medium speed until the sugar and eggs are thoroughly combined and the icing is thick and white.
  2. You can separate the icing into different bowls and add a few drops of food coloring to make different colored icing.

Recipe Notes

THIS RECIPE CONTAINS RAW EGGS: The Jewish Kitchen suggests caution in consuming raw and lightly cooked eggs due to the slight risk of salmonella or other food-borne illnesses. To reduce this risk, we recommend you use only fresh, properly refrigerated, and clean grade A or AA eggs with unbroken shells and avoid contact between the yolks or whites and the shells. For any recipe that requires raw or partially cooked eggs, use shells that have been treated to destroy salmonella by pasteurization or other approved methods to reduce the risk of food-borne illness.



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Jodi Luber

Jodi Luber

Here goes: Born in Brooklyn. Daughter of a bagel baker with a Henny Youngman soul and a mom who makes Joan Rivers seem tame. Late bloomer. Married the love of my life at 45 and love being a mom to our three kids. I'm a professor at Boston U. Happiest in the kitchen baking and remembering how my dad would melt from a single bite of my cheesecake.
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