Chocolate Royal Icing

"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."
photo by Debbie K. photo by Debbie K.
photo by Debbie K.
photo by Debbie K. photo by Debbie K.
photo by Jen R. photo by Jen R.
Ready In:
4 cups




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

Questions & Replies

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  1. dwood001_8515851
    Did the icing dry quickly? Were you able to stack the cookies without ruining the decorated cookie?


  1. Jen R.
    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!!
  2. tylerandamy
    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!
  3. INeedaChef
    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 :)
  4. brudisile
    went very well with my dark gingerbread house created for well and looks beautiful.
  5. Debbie K.
    Excellent to have in your repitoire! This tastes good and looks beautiful, too. Quick and easy to make.


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