Decorating Icing Recipe for Piping

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decorating icing recipe for piping

Step by step guide how to make decorating icing for piping on cookies. Royal icing is easy to make in only a few minutes. It’s a very sturdy icing, but allow your piped cookies to dry overnight, and then they will stack together nicely without smudging.

Try making a few different colored icings with the same batch. Separate each color into 2 bowls. Then, you can thin out one of the bowls of icing with a bit of water, and use that for flooding your cookies.

After you’ve flooded your cookies, let them dry for a couple of hours. Then, add your thicker icing on top for writing, and designs.

Decorating Icing Recipe for Piping

How to make icing for piping and decorating cookies
Prep Time15 minutes
Course: Dessert
Keyword: icing
Yield: 3 cups


  • 6 tbsp egg whites
  • 4 cups icing sugar
  • food coloring optional


  • Place the whisk attachment on a stand mixer and beat the egg whites on medium speed until creamy and bubbly.
  • Add the icing sugar slowly, until fully combined. Beat until they are glossy and the icing is thick ~3-5 min.
  • Separate the icing into bowls, and add food coloring as needed.
  • To thin out your icing for flooding cookies, add a tiny bit of water to your icing.
  • Use icing immediately or place the icing in the fridge in an airtight container.