Easy Homemade Royal Icing Recipe

Easy royal icing recipe using squeezable condiment bottles


I’ve been using this easy homemade royal icing recipe for a few years now, and it always works out perfectly! You definitely don’t need to be an expert to make and use it.  This easy homemade royal icing recipe is great for baking with kids.

What is Royal Icing?

Royal icing is used for decorating ornate cakes and cookies. It’s made with three ingredients:

  1. Powdered Sugar
  2. Merignue Powder (egg white substitue)
  3. Water
  4. Food Coloring (optional)

royal icing ingredients and supplies

How to “flood” Cookies

When using royal icing to decorate sugar cookies, experts call the technique “flooding.”  As you squeeze the icing onto the cookies, it sort of pools and spreads.  I prefer using it because even if you aren’t a skilled decorator, the icing gives the appearance that you are more trained than you appear haha!

Photo showing royal icing being applied to sugar cookies with squeezable condiment bottle

What’s the Best Tool for Applying Royal Icing?

Right before hosting a cookie decorating party earlier this month, I came across this brilliant hack!  Squeezable condiment bottles are the best tool for applying royal icing!  You can get these bottles at Dollar Stores (mine had them for 2 for $1)!  You can also find on Amazon.

Royal icing in squeezable condiment bottles

Can I Freeze Royal Icing?

If you end up with extra, you can definitely freeze the icing for up to a month.  When you’re ready to use the rest, simply let the icing thaw out, and once the consistency becomes malleable it’s ready to use.

royal icing for sugar cookies in squeezable condiment bottles

How to Make Royal Icing

A classic royal icing recipe made with meringue powder.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Servings 3 Cups
Calories 120 kcal


  • Stand Mixer
  • Squeezable Condiment Bottles


  • 4 C Powdered Sugar
  • 3 tbsp Meringue Powder
  • 10-15 tbsp Water
  • Food Coloring optional


  • Using a stand mixer with whisk attachment, beat all ingredients (including food coloring) together on high speed for 3- 5 minutes. When you lift the whisk out of the icing, it should drizzle down and smooth out within about 5 seconds. If this doesn't happen, continue to add 1 tbsp water at a time to thin it out. If it's too thin, add a little more powdered sugar.


Transfer icing to squeezable condiment bottles for easy application (especially with kids).
If you won't be using the icing right away, place a damp paper towel over the top of the bottles (lid off) and leave on the counter. If it will be some time before using place in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Icing can be frozen for up to one month.
When ready to use, remove from fridge or freezer and once the icing is malleable it is ready to be used.
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