Two Favorite Homemade Icings

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Icing is one of those things that can’t be left out if you’re making a birthday cake or cut-out cookies. My own kids would protest very loudly.

Icing is very easy to make–easier than most people think. Most homemade recipes have only a few ingredients, versus the packaged kind loaded with extra preservatives and artificial flavors and colors. And the taste? Oh la la…I’ll let you be the judge of that!

Royal Icing for Sugar Cookies

Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 cups + 1/3 cup
Author Bonnie Hershey


  • 1 box confectioners' sugar 1 pound
  • 5 TBL meringue powder or 2 large egg whites


  • Using an electric mixer, combine sugar and meringue powder. Mixing on low speed, add a scant 1/2 cup water.
  • For a thinner consistency, usually used for flooding, add more water. A thicker consistency is generally used for outlining and adding details.
  • Mix until icing holds a ribbonlike trail on the surface of the mixture for 5 seconds when you raise the paddle.

Original recipe from Martha Stewart here. We also got the decoration ideas for the cookies from her website.

Basic Buttercream Icing

Buttercream Icing




Basic Buttercream Icing

Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Bonnie Hershey
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: about 4 cups
  • 12 ounces (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 pound confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  1. Beat butter with a mixer on medium-high speed until creamy.
  2. Reduce speed to medium. Add sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, beating after each addition, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add vanilla, and beat until smooth.
  4. Use immediately on a cooled cake, or cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.


The icing can also be frozen for up to a month if you have a lot left over. (Bring to room temperature, and beat on low until smooth before using.)



Bonnie Hershey currently serves as a business and nutrition coach with their business, Hershey Holistic Health. She holds an undergrad degree in education, and a certification in Practical Nutrition from the Northwest Academy of Practical Nutrition. She has over 20 years of leadership experience and enjoys encouraging others in their personal growth.


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