Gluten-Free Royal Icing

gluten free christmas sugar cookies
Gluten free Christmas sugar cookies photo by Christina Anton
Prep time: 10 mins
Calories: 69

This recipe was originally published in 2016.

This simple gluten-free icing, which can easily be colored, is perfect for decorating gluten-free cookies.

For Egg-Free Royal Icing, replace 2 egg whites with 3 teaspoons egg replacer mixed in warm water. Add mixture to sugar in step 1.

*Tip: Pasteurized egg whites have been heated to eliminate bacteria. Do not use raw unpasteurized egg whites in this recipe.

Yields 1 cup


  • 3½ cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 large pasteurized egg whites or powdered egg whites or powdered egg whites mixed with water to equal 2 whites*
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice
  • Food coloring


1Beat sugar and pasteurized egg whites in a bowl until thick and shiny, about 4 minutes.

2Add lemon juice and beat 1 more minute.

3Divide icing into bowls and dye with food coloring to desired colors.

1 tablespoon contains 69 calories, 0g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 5mg sodium, 17g carbohydrates, 0g fiber, 17g sugars, 0g protein.