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Liz's Royal Icing

The easiest royal icing recipe with products from the grocery store! No meringue powder needed!
Prep Time 10 mins
Course Dessert


  • 2 lbs powdered sugar (sifted)
  • 5 oz pasteurized egg whites (in the carton)
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (use clear if you want super white)


  • Sift the powdered sugar and cream of tartar into a mixing bowl, then add the eggs whites, and start whipping them together with the whisk attachment.
  • Mix on low to combine them without exploding sugar all over the place, then increase it for a couple of minutes. Add your vanilla extract, and whip until white, which might take another three minutes or so!
  • Make sure you store this icing in an air tight container! This is the consistency of thick royal icing, and is ready to be thinned as needed!