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Star shaped cutout sugar cookies topped with yellow marbled royal icing, spread out on a marble surface.

Royal Icing

An easy royal icing recipe that sets up with a soft inside and firm outside. It's perfect for adorning your favorite sugar or gingerbread cookies.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 36


  • Mixing Bowl
  • Whisk or Mixer
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons


  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ cup corn syrup
  • food coloring, optional


  • Mix powdered sugar, milk and corn syrup together in bowl until smooth
  • Adjust consistency by adding a little more milk for thinning or powdered sugar for thickening
  • Add drops of food coloring to reach desired color


  • Cover bowl with a wet paper towel when you're icing cookies to keep a film from forming on the top.
  • Periodically check the consistency of the icing as it may thicken while you're using it. Adjust consistency as needed during the icing process.
Keyword frosting, royal icing
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