Total Time
Prep 25 mins
Cook 0 mins

A recipe for cookie icing.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine egg whites and cream of tartar in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Beat at medium speed on mixer until frothy.
  3. Add half of powdered sugar, mixing well.
  4. Add remaining sugar and beat 5-7 minutes at high speed, until mixture is stiff and holds a peak.
  5. Color with desired amount of paste food coloring.
  6. NOTE: Icing dries very quickly; keep icing covered with a damp cloth when not using.


Most Helpful

I received this exact recipe from my daughter's grade 1 teacher for the gingerbread houses they were making in class. This icing was easy to make and spreading was a breeze. I doubled the recipe and used a 1 kg package of icing sugar and it was the perfect consistancy. I didn't use any coloring this time, but I will be making this to frost cookies in the future and I will try it with the coloring then. Thanks for this recipe!

* Pamela * December 18, 2003

Thanks for posting! Used 1 teaspoon lemon juice in place of cream of tartar & 1 teaspoon of clear vanilla...came out great.

eavey December 30, 2009

I used this to make favors for a baby shower (Recipe #112525). It couldn't have been simpler to whip up or easier to work with. Can't wait to decorate some Christmas cookies. Thanks, Miss Annie!

highcotton November 22, 2008

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