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This recipe for Gingerbread Men cookies are a classic holiday favorite. They are perfectly spiced with cinnamon, ginger, molasses and bake up soft and chewy with slightly crisp edges.

Royal Icing

Learn how to decorate cookies with royal icing using this step-by-step guide on how to make it, add colors and pipe it onto your sugar cookies!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword how to decorate sugar cookies, icing for cookies, icing recipe, sugar cookie frosting, sugar cookie frosting recipe, sugar cookie icing recipe, sugar cookie recipe for icing
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 cups
Calories 58 kcal
Author Kelly


  • 4 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons meringue powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 6-8 Tablespoons warm water less for stiff icing and more for thin icing
  • Gel food coloring optional


  1. Beat all ingredients together until icing forms peaks, about 7 minutes.
  2. For different colors, divide icing into separate bowls. Tint each bowl with gel food coloring to the desired tone. Transfer to different piping bags and decorate cookies.
  3. For thinner icing: add a little bit more water at a time, stirring after each addition until desired consistency.
  4. For thicker frosting: add a little bit more powdered sugar at a time, stirring after each addition until desired consistency.
Nutrition Facts
Royal Icing
Amount Per Serving (1 Tablespoon)
Calories 58
% Daily Value*
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Sugar 14g16%
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