I'm going to try this method for the cookies I'm doing for the USS Vinson OCT next week. It's all the same ingredients as I currently use in RI, but it cuts out minutes of prep time--and who can't use extra minutes when baking?


Thanks for sharing, Karen!





This recipe is a keeper! I had to add a few extra drops of water to mine to give it greater flow, but I do like the "tooth" of the icing (it didn't come out rock-hard like some other RI icings I have used.)


Again--thank you, Karen, for sharing this recipe!

I am also curious what makes this dry faster. The only meringue powder I have ever used is CK, which I order from CountryKitchenSA ($10 for one lb. or so). I used glaze for years because I had heard meringue smells bad, and royal icing tastes terrible. Then I  saw a post by SweetSugarBell on her blog about how brands can change the taste. I am very picky about taste, but it smelled sweet and like valilla, and the icing made with it was delicious.

I can't see how whipping the mix does anything but fluff it up and give you a larger volume of icing, plus make air bubbles a problem. When I whipped until stiff, my RI transfers crumbled, and weightd almost nothing. I went over to the Montreal Confections blog because she does a lot of RI transfers, and in her icing recipe video she also does not mix until stiff. After all, if it is normal for water to seperate and settle in the bottom of the bowl, it makes sense the same thing would happen on the cookie after a couple of hours. Plus, by whipping until stiff, you need even more water to thin it to a good consistency. I like my cookies soft-ish, and don't like the icing to be rock hard. If I can stack it, it's good enough for me.

I wonder what you tried that did not work? I have been trying to find a recipe that works for me, and it would be nice if I don't have to make all the same mistakes you must have overcome. I am going to give your recipe a try for my next batch, so thanks!

I only use emulsions in this recipe for RI and it works beautifully.  I have found that the flavor seems to 'develop' overnight and always tastes richer the second day.  Not that the first day is bad, just the second is better!  I have kept it in my fridge for 3 weeks and it is fine - no separation or decrease in quality.  This is a great recipe!  

So RI has a flavor and texture?* Hummm...


It's been a long time since I flooded a cookie.   The cookies were always pretty, but I don't like to eat food color or RI. (*Please read above comment.)  I always knocked the RI off of my cookie before I ate it and told the kids to do the same...talk about a party pooper.


I use RI now only to decorate the gingerbread cookies we eat, give as gifts and hang on the tree and in the windows at Christmas.  They're decorated in a Euorpean style, simple line designs, so there isn't much icing on them at all.  In fact, it falls off when you eat the cookie. (*texture uh?)  You could say that I'm pretty lackadaisical about RI.


However, having discovered Cookie Connection I've been attacked by the cookie bug and have an obssesive desire to bake and flood decorate cookies again.


Thanks for removing the hunt for the perfect RI Karen. I know, I know, you don't claim it's perfect, but it reads perfectly to me.


I'll keep you posted!







Thank you so much for sharing this recipe, Karen! I'm new to cookie decorating (and am already addicted!) and this recipe was the first royal icing recipe I tried. It was so easy to make and easy to use, especially for a beginner. But even though it worked well, I wanted to try an egg white recipe b/c meringue powder is so much more expensive. But nope, your recipe is sooo much better--faster drying, colors blend smoothly, liquid doesn't weep out, etc.--that it's worth the extra cost. Thank you!

Thank you so much for this great recipe.  It has almost eliminated all the bubbles and craters in my cookies!  I use almond extract instead of the butter flavor (I don't like the smell of the butter) and the icing tastes way better than regular royal icing.  Thanks for sharing!!!

This is my all time favorite royal icing recipe!   I have used it since I began decorating cookies.  Because my house is usually so dry, I only need to use 5 Tbs of meringue powder.  I also add 1 tsp of glycerin which helps soften the bite and helps cookies to stay soft longer.  Thank you for sharing.  ♡♡♡♡♡

Cat Colbert posted:

This is my all time favorite royal icing recipe!   I have used it since I began decorating cookies.  Because my house is usually so dry, I only need to use 5 Tbs of meringue powder.  I also add 1 tsp of glycerin which helps soften the bite and helps cookies to stay soft longer.  Thank you for sharing.  ♡♡♡♡♡

Ditto!! I also add glycerin, 1 tsp, for the same reason. This is a great recipe. When I plan to pipe a lot of flowers then I'll usually add 1/4 C additional powdered sugar.

Pip & Bakerloo...I cannot explain exactly why this icing dries as quickly as it does or resuces craters. Yes, I do believe the cream of tartar plays an important role.  What i do know is that many batches of icing were made and experimented with by changing measurements, brands of ingredients, time mixing and other steps. The combo of the MP, cream of tartar and mixing time would be most important. Whatever, the reason for its quick drying and smooth surface-it works. ��

Hi Karen. I have used your royal icing recipe for years. I also think I remembered you having a smaller batch recipe too. If so would you mind providing a link for that one. I have been googling it and cannot locate it. I recently lost your recipe and thought I had the small batch with it too. Thank you in advance.

Hi Karen! Thank you for sharing your RI recipe. I've been struggling with icing craters way too much and I just don't know what else to do. I'm gonna try your recipe for sure! I just want to ask: can I just skip the Vanilla and Butter flavors? I use a MP that has a good taste so I currently don't add any extra flavor to my RI. But I guess if I don't add the flavors in using your recipe I'll get a very different consistence from the original. What can I use to subbstitute the Butter and Vanilla flavors? 

 @Julia M. Usher could you help me? I just saw Karen's last visit was in 2017, hope you're having a great day.

Thank you from advance! 

I just want to say THANK YOU for this recipe! It is an absolute LIFESAVER! It has been so humid in Virginia, and I lost an entire set of cookies to the humidity and my icing not setting (4 days and still not dry!).

I have never had an issue with my RI, but I was in a pinch to get some custom cookies done for a real estate agent for tomorrow! I wanted to make sure the RI would dry completely.

I followed the directions exactly! The only thing I changed was using orange extract rather than the flavors it suggested. What a beautiful icing! It was so smooth and easy to thin down to the correct consistency. It made a very large amount that will help me fill additional orders before Valentine's Day. 

As for the drying time...it was 9:00 PM. I flooded the cookies and sat down to wait. By 11:00 PM they were ready for my final details. I left them to sit on my counter before packaging in the morning. 

This will 100% be my go-to recipe!

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