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Royal Icing

Yield 2 cups
This icing dries very quickly, so keep it covered at all times with a damp cloth to help keep it moist.


  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1 (16-ounce) package powdered sugar, sifted and divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

How to Make It

  1. Combine egg whites, 1 cup powdered sugar, and cream of tartar in top of a double boiler. Place over simmering water. Cook, stirring constantly with a wire whisk, 9 minutes or until mixture reaches 160°. Remove from heat. Transfer to a large mixing bowl, and add remaining powdered sugar.

  2. Beat at high speed of an electric mixer 5 to 8 minutes or until stiff peaks form.

Christmas with Southern Living 1999