The BEST Royal Icing Recipe EVER!

DSC_0563sYep. That’s a big promise. And I totally deliver. This IS the best Royal Icing Recipe EVER. You can thin it to outline, top-coat, and for flooding cookies. Okay, there be a lot of big words and we be but humble pirates. Lol. If you haven’t heard about outlining, top-coating or flooding cookies, then I say you’re in league with about 98% of people. You’re in good company. But if you want to take your cookies to the next level and start getting them noticed, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and start practicing. Because your fancy icing will set you apart. 😉DSC_0562

I started with my sugar cookie recipe for the base. And let me just say, if you have those cookie cutters that leave imprints to help frost…don’t imprint them! They are a BILLION times easier to ice if they don’t have those dang indents. Trust me. This is what my cookies look like before frosting.


After icing them, they look like this…DSC_0553And because we LOVE BB-8 so much, we made a bunch of them. I wuv him. (forgive my wonky circles, I was icing with one hand while bouncing a baby on my knee).

DSC_0566My boys both had birthdays this month, and we had a Star Wars birthday party (like every year, duh). They specifically asked me to make black stormtroopers like in the video game when you reach level 50. And they asked me to make Kylo Ren, Darth Vader and a whole lotta stormtroopers. The galaxy stars were my idea. So was BB-8.


To get the silver effects on Kylo Ren and Darth Vader, I used that silver mist spray from Wilton. (Get it at Walmart). To which I quickly sprayed in my face and said “Witness Me!” (Mad Max reference) lol, which my hubby was barely amused by. Yep, sometimes I’m even too much nerd for him. Hah. But yeah, I made stencils out of freezer paper and sprayed over the black icing once it was totally dry. Wait like 6-8 hours.

BB-8 has orange sugar on it. I outlined white, flooded it, and then did wet-on-wet to add the black outline. After that was dry I outlined white circle on his body and dipped him in decorative sugar. The stormtroopers are we-on-wet. Flooded in white, and quickly added black designs. DSC_0557Here’s the recipe to make the icing.

Best Royal Icing Glue
Serves 50
Royal Icing Recipe that can be thinned for outlining, top-coating, and flooding. See notes on how to thin it.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
  1. 2 lbs. powdered sugar
  2. 5 large egg whites (or equivalent)
  3. flavoring to taste (1 tsp lemon extract, or peppermint extract, or cherry extract, etc)
  1. Add to bowl, powdered sugar and egg whites. Start on LOW to prevent sugar from flying out, crape down, then mix 1-2 mins on HIGHEST setting. Color changes from grey to very WHITE glue-like consistency. Add flavor now and mix again. Add color after scooping out amount needed to ice, otherwise cover with plastic wrap pressed against icing to prevent "skin" from forming and tightly cover. Will last in fridge for a month (keep away from pungent foods).
Egg white substitutes
  1. 1 large egg white =
  2. 2-3 TBS pasteurized whites (egg beaters)
  3. or 2 tsp meringue powder, plus 2 TBS warm water
  4. *For this recipe I use, 10 tsp meringue powder dissolved in 10 TBS. Mix with tiny whisk before adding to powdered sugar.
  5. *********************************************************************
  6. Consistency: (per 1 cup "glue:, add water in these amounts)
  7. Outlining- 1/2 to 3/4 tsp
  8. Top-coating- 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 tsp
  9. Flooding- 2-3 tsp
  10. *Add color and mix in before adding water to thin.
  11. *If it's too thin, add more glue into it.
Golden Rippy
And here’s the video I watched to make the galactic stars. Same idea as the video, just switch to a star cookie cutter shape. And my pictures don’t show, but I had a pretty pink in there too. I LOVE watching SweetAmbs. Her videos are so much fun. She’s got a really soft voice. Perfect for her delicate cookies.

If you’re new to flooding, watch this video…

And to get an idea on how to do wet-on-wet watch the filigree video. That’s how I did the stormtroopers, BB-8 and the black stormtroopers.

Happy Baking, my Lovelies! May the Icing be with you. 😉

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