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Healthier Sugar Cookie Icing Recipe
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Healthier Sugar Cookie Icing

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"This icing dries hard and shiny and the colors stay bright. Choose as many different food colorings as you desire."

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Original recipe makes 1 dozen cookie's worth Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    5 mins

    20 mins


  1. Combine white sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat, simmering until dissolved and a sugar syrup is created, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir together confectioner's sugar and milk in a small bowl until smooth. Beat in almond extract and 2 teaspoons of sugar syrup until icing is smooth and glossy. If icing is too thick, add more sugar syrup.
  3. Optional: Divide icing into separate bowls and add food colorings to each to desired intensity. Dip cookies or paint them with a brush.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 12, 2012

This icing recipe worked SO well - dried hard and kept it's colours. I used a piping bag and various tips and they all held their shape. It did take more than 2 tsp of milk to make it smooth, more like 2-3 tbsp. I left out the almond flavoring and used vanilla instead. We frosted 'Soft Christmas Cookies' (from this website) and I was really pleased with the results. I am going to try it next time with orange or mint extract for a change.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 01, 2012

I followed the directions exactly and the milk and powdered sugar didn't come out smooth and adding the sugar syrup only made hard clumps. I added all the syrup 2 tsp. at a time and then more milk to get a bit of a glaze with hard sugar balls in it. If it wasn't so late & I didn't have work in the morning I would have tossed the stuff out made a glaze without graduated sugar.


18 Ratings

Dec 16, 2012

This icing works very well. It stays nice and fluid while working, and dries firmly with a nice sheen. Love the almond flavor!

Mar 15, 2013

This was quick and easy to make & creates a nice, glossy, hard coating. However, the recipe, as is, makes enough for TWO dozen 2" x 3" cookies. I'm not sure why the recipe was written to make so much simple syrup when you only need 2 tsps of it, so I halved that part of the recipe....1/4 cup white sugar mixed with 1 Tbsp of water & used what was left (yes, there was still extra!) for a glass of iced tea.

Dec 12, 2012

A couple of tips - SIFT your powdered sugar. I didn't use my electric whisk (but if doubling do so) I sifted the sugar and used a small hand whisk. If the icing seems to thick, thin with more sugar syrup - a little at a time. Whisking well after each addition. These dried glossy and it was really easy to work with.

Jun 02, 2014

Seemed to work great. I recommend using a small spatula to spread and doing so quickly before icing sets. I love that I had all the ingredients and didn't need to use yucky corn syrup.

Feb 16, 2015

This was perfect! I was out of corn syrup while we made Valentine cookies on a snowy day, so I didn't want to go to the store. This worked great for our cookies. It spread nicely and was the perfect consistency. It does dry very quickly, so ice cookies as soon as it is ready, so that you can spread it. I needed 3 tablespoons of the syrup and about 3 teaspoons of milk for the right texture. Everything else was perfect! Thank you for a great recipe!

Apr 20, 2015

For the most part, this recipe worked for me. I sifted the sugar like someone recommended. I added the ingredients exactly, but still the powdered sugar mixture was too thick. After adding 4 tsp of white sugar mix, I added a bit more milk to make icing easier. Also, I didn't have almond extract so I added coconut extract. Hmmmm...nice flavor. It didn't make as much as it said it would. Double it.


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  • Calories
  • 71 kcal
  • 4%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 18.3 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 0 g
  • < 1%
  • Fiber
  • 0 g
  • 0%
  • Protein
  • 0 g
  • 0%
  • Sodium
  • < 1 mg
  • < 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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