Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 0 mins

I tried to make brown royal icing to decorate bear shaped cookies. But even with good quality food color paste, I couldn't get it dark enough. This was the answer.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix powdered sugar, cocoa and egg whites.
  2. Add water slowly until the icing is the consistency of thick frosting for outlining and thin with more water to fill.


Most Helpful

Thank you for sharing! I needed a brown royal icing for my acorn cookies and this worked perfect. The original recipe worked creat for the color of the body of the acorn, then I added a bit of black gel food coloring to deepen the color for the cap. Great tastin also!!

Jen R. November 19, 2011

This was the perfect frosting. I've never made chocolate royal icing. It was delicious! It hardened perfectly on my sugar cookies. I will definitely make this frosting again!

tylerandamy July 26, 2009

Thanks so much for posting this recipe! I was having a really hard time achieving true black that wasn't bitter with my regular royal icing recipe. This worked like a charm! And tasted great too :)

I*Needa*Chef May 26, 2009

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