Sugar cookies are often decorated with royal icing (a hard icing made from egg whites, powdered sugar, and citrus juice) or fondant (a sugary confection that can be used as a filling, decoration, or icing). These options produce professional results, but can be finicky and may be intimidating for beginner bakers.
This recipe makes a simple glaze icing. It’s a bit stickier than its more complicated relatives, but it hardens well enough to stack the cookies in a bag or storage container without making a mess.
It comes together in minutes and produces gorgeous, glossy results. This sugar cookie icing is the perfect choice for beginners or bakers who are short on time.
In one way or another, you already have everything you need to make this top-rated sugar cookie icing:
This sugar cookie icing starts with confectioners’ sugar (also known as powdered or icing sugar), which creates a smoother texture than granulated sugar.
Whole milk thins the icing and ensures a spreadable, easy-to-work-with consistency.
Light corn syrup adds shine and helps the icing harden.
A dash of clear almond extract lends subtle nutty flavor. You can substitute vanilla extract if you like (make sure to use clear extract if you’re going for a bright white color).
Food Coloring (Optional)
Depending on how you plan to decorate your cookies, you might want to add a few drops of food coloring or food gel.
You’ll find the full recipe below, but here’s a brief overview of what you can expect when you make this easy sugar cookie icing: Stir confectioners’ sugar and milk until smooth, then add corn syrup and extract. Add more corn syrup if the icing is too thick, or more sugar if the icing is too thin.
If you want to add some color, just divide the icing into separate bowls and stir in drops of food coloring or food gel until the desired colors are reached.
Dip the cookies in the icing or paint the icing on with a food-grade brush.
For more intricate designs, pour the icing into squeeze bottles or piping bags fitted with tips. Outline the edges of the cookie with the icing, then flood the cookies with more icing. Use a toothpick to spread it around and to pop any air bubbles.
Allow the icing to harden at room temperature. You could also like another similar sugar cookies recipe here.
We have reinvented your dessert preference and it has never been this easier. This is an all-time favorite especially for baking lovers who have a short-time but would want something in a few minutes. Be sure to try this out and share how it all went down in the comments. I’ll be happy to hear from you!