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Learn how to make icing with this easy recipe for Royal Icing. Great to use with our sugar cookie recipe. Find all the ingredients to make both in your pantry!

Do you want to learn how to make icing? Well, this homemade icing is so simple to make! You probably have all of the ingredients to make this icing in your pantry right now.

You will find that it will take you the same amount of time to make this icing as it would take to get in your car, go to the store, pay and come back home. Believe me, I know that buying icing is so easy and it is inexpensive! Sometimes the convenience of *not* having to buy something is more convenient!

Learn how to make icing with this easy recipe for Royal Icing. Great to use with our sugar cookie recipe. Find all the ingredients to make both in your pantry!

Easy Royal Icing Ingredients

Use our favorite long handle measuring spoons to measure and stir the ingredients together without much mess!

Easy Royal Icing Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, add your powdered sugar.
  2. Slowing add in your milk, corn syrup, and almond extract while mixing with a hand mixer on low.
  3. Once all your ingredients are mixed well you can turn up the mixer a notch.
  4. After about a minutes you should have a thick smooth icing.
  5. Separate your icing into 4 small bowls, add a drop of your food coloring to each one and mix.
  6. Carefully pour your icing into your decorating bottle or icing bags and have fun decorating!

How to Make Easy Royal Icing for Decorating Sugar Cookies

The colors are only limited by your imagination especially if you have a large pack of food coloring gels! Pick up these plastic squeeze bottles to make decorating less messy too!

This homemade icing recipe is a go-to recipe we use every single year! Use it to make icing for sugar cookies or for decorating goodies that call for icing. It's super easy because that's all I have time to do!

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Easy Homemade Royal Icing Recipe

Learn how to make icing with this easy Royal Icing recipe. It is great to make for decorating sugar cookies!

  • Author: Savings Lifestyle: Andrea
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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, add your powdered sugar.
  2. Slowing add in your milk, corn syrup, and almond extract while mixing with a hand mixer on low.
  3. Once all your ingredients are mixed well you can turn up the mixer a notch.
  4. After about a minutes you should have a thick smooth icing.
  5. Separate your icing into 4 small bowls, add a drop of your food coloring to each one and mix.
  6. Carefully pour your icing into your decorating bottle or icing bags and have fun decorating!

Notes

Use our favorite long handle measuring spoons to measure and stir the ingredients together without much mess!

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About Andrea Deckard

Andrea Deckard is a personal finance expert and speaker. She lives by the following motto, "save on what you need so you can spend on what you want." She started Savings Lifestyle in 2008, and long-time readers remember the site as Mommy Snacks. Andrea is a go-to resource on frugal living for local news outlets such as WDTN, WGRR, and Cincinnati.com as well as national outlets like Good Morning America. She has also been featured in multiple national publications.

33 Comments

  1. Sophie on June 8, 2016 at 5:31 am

    Hey Andrea, thanks for the recipe, just wanted to add for those who can’t use corn products or do not have any corn syrup that simple syrup works well and it is simply made with sugar. The result was still great, thank you for the tip on using plastic squirt bottles!

  2. Kate on February 17, 2017 at 6:33 am

    Thanks, I will cook it for my family
    Hope they like it ;)

  3. Keli on December 11, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    Can you make this without the almond extract?

    • Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on December 12, 2017 at 2:08 pm

      Keli, yes you can. Substitute vanilla extract instead if you want.

    • Barb on December 17, 2018 at 8:08 pm

      Will this turn hard on cookies…. I am looking for one that won’t be siogt

  4. Lucia on December 12, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    Hi. I want to ask if is royal using too stiff for russian icing tips? Thank you. I just start cupcakes and cakes business (so far I’m still working on my web site) ;)

    • Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on December 19, 2017 at 2:30 pm

      Hi Lucia, I don’t know if this would work with russian icing tips. It’s a true royal icing that has more of a liquidy texture.

  5. Shanda on December 13, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    Do you know how long the icing keeps? I️ would like to make it a day n advance of using.
    Thanks! Sounds yummy!

    • Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on December 19, 2017 at 2:28 pm

      Shanda, you would be safe to keep it within a few days. I wouldn’t keep it much past that since there is milk in it. HTH!

  6. Lindsay on December 18, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    Does this have to be stored in the refrigerator or is it ok out? Also does it harden to be able to stack cookies???

    • Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on December 19, 2017 at 2:26 pm

      Lindsay, it’s ok to keep out for a while as we did just this past weekend. It does harden on the cookies so you will need to leave them out for a while to dry and then you can stack them just fine.

  7. K on December 19, 2017 at 7:10 am

    Can you make the icing in advance and store in the squeeze bottles? How can you bring the icing back to life to continue icing cookies?

    • Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on December 19, 2017 at 2:25 pm

      K, yes you can make in advance and store in the squeeze bottles. If it becomes too thick, add a tablespoon of milk to it and shake up.

  8. Deb on February 14, 2018 at 7:21 am

    Royal

  9. Angela on June 23, 2018 at 6:50 am

    Does this harden on cookies the way royal icing with egg yolk does?

  10. Alicia on August 12, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    It’s it good for piping and flooding do I have to changing anything

    • Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on August 13, 2018 at 11:35 am

      Alicia, this icing won’t be good for icing as it is runny but it hardens. You will want to either apply with a squirt bottle like is shown in the picture or use a knife and spread around.

  11. Jeanette on August 26, 2018 at 4:02 am

    Thank You for sharing!

    • Shareen on July 23, 2019 at 2:09 pm

      Will this icing crust at all? For intricate decorating.

  12. Edith Puchy on October 24, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    Can you use water instead of milk?
    Thank you.

  13. Tanya on November 17, 2018 at 11:40 pm

    I made the icing using Wilton die. The colors bleed after a day. Do you know why it would do this? TIA

  14. Lou on November 25, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    Hi, can I freeze the icing and reuse?

  15. Pat Schebbuenner on December 2, 2018 at 1:48 am

    Thank for sharing, I tried another recipe yesterday which made of icing sugar and butter with some milk. The consistant was not settled and took many hours to get dry. So im going to try this one today.

  16. Michelle Aquilino on December 4, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    How long does it take to harden?

  17. Kim on December 5, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    Can Almond milk be used instead of milk?

  18. Cindy on December 12, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    Love this recipe. Has made icing cookies so much easier. Once they have time to dry they stack fine. My family loves it!!

  19. Kortney on December 15, 2018 at 6:40 am

    Could this be used for gingerbread houses?

  20. Leecia Arnett on December 17, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    Baking cookies & looking for icing, this is the one that I use. I can’t use Almond extract, NUT ALLERGY. What else can I use?

  21. Blanca Elias on December 22, 2018 at 11:28 am

    I followed your recipe last night and It’s super easy to make but, I found the consistency a little bit runny… Should I add more flower next time to thicken up?

  22. chaima on December 26, 2018 at 5:06 am

    hi ,thanks for the recipe but can i use honey instead of corn syrup..

  23. Debra Herring on January 21, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    How long until dry so I can pack them??

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