Easy Royal Icing

Original Recipe


  • 1 and ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons warm water
  • ½ Tablespoon light corn syrup
  • ⅛ teaspoon vanilla or almond extract


Place powdered sugar in a medium bowl and set aside. In a small bowl, combine warm water, light corn syrup, and extract. Stir until corn syrup is dissolved.

Add sugar water to powdered sugar and stir until completely combined. Mixture will be thick. The consistency you’re looking for is a slowly dripping icing that disappears into the bowl within about 12 seconds. Add water by drop if you think it’s too thick. If it becomes too thin, add more powdered sugar by the teaspoon. Use immediately.

Using it later? Cover tightly, and use within 1 day. You will need to stir it up again and possibly add more water before using. Re-test the consistency before using.

I used normal food coloring. We made red and green for our cookies.