Making Royal Icing Without a Mixer

YES, it IS possible!

Today was a snow day in the GTA and due to the terrible road conditions, I didn’t have to go to work. This meant one thing that I’ve been putting off for the last week – attempting to make royal icing without my beloved mixer (RIP). I’d probably been putting it off due to fear of failing, but honestly it was much easier than I expected.

I pulled out my handy Pampered Chef whisk, setting myself in front of the television with a DVD of Gilmore Girls, rolled up my sleeves and went to town. To mimic the normal speedy action of a mixer, I whisked nonstop……for the required 10 minutes. Yes, I’m probably insane, but it worked and I really wanted to decorate cookies today.

The icing recipe I used is one I modified from Cookie Craft, which was one of the cookbooks I bought with an early birthday present Chapters giftcard (the other was The Pioneer Woman Cooks). I like using meringue instead of egg whites because I’m terrible at remembering that I have egg whites in the fridge that I have to use by a certain time.

Royal Icing


  • 2 cups of icing sugar
  • 4 tsp meringue powder (I use Wilton’s, had no problems so far)
  • 4 tbsp warm water (Cookie Craft says 3 tbsp, but I find it to be too thick)



*This is what I use for piping the outlines of my cookies. I tend to add another 2 – 4 tsp of warm water to the remaining icing for the flooding.

(modified from Cookie Craft)

This was me for most of this morning, decorating cookies. I couldn’t imagine a more perfect snow day.

5 comments on “Making Royal Icing Without a Mixer”

  1. Oh My Goodness Jessica you are a brave woman! My arm would have fallen off. You truly are a dedicated baker.

  2. Just to say I had no hand mixer so I had to do the same thing this evening for my Christmas cake – the icing came up perfectly after about 15 minutes whisking!
    Merry Christmas

  3. please show us the youtube of mixing royal icing without using electric mixer.

    • Hi Becky! Unfortunately, I do not have a Youtube channel or a video on how to make royal icing without an electric mixer. If this is something I pursue in the future, I’ll update this page with the link. Thanks!

  4. This recipe is amazing! I have never made royal icing before and this was not only easy, but delicious! Now I just need to work on my decorating skills!

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