Total Time
Prep 25 mins
Cook 0 mins

A recipe for cookie icing.


  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 (Baby Pacifiers (shower Favors)). 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