Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 0 mins

This will harden and it will hardens quite quickly, it's the perfect icing to decorate cookies, if desired you may omit the vanilla, I like to add it in, the amounts may be reduced by half if desired.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar (sifted after measuring)
  • 1 tablespoon low-fat milk (skim or 1% is fine although I have made this successfully using 2% fat milk)
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup (more if needed to reach desired consistency)
  • 12 teaspoon almond extract
  • 14 teaspoon vanilla
  • food coloring (use colors of choice)


  1. VERY IMPORTANT; the confectioners sugar must be sifted before using.
  2. In a bowl beat the sifted confectioners sugar with milk until smooth.
  3. Beat in corn syrup and almond extract until smooth and glossy (if icing is too thick add in a small amount of corn syrup).
  4. Divide into as many separate bowls as desired.
  5. Add in different food coloring to each bowl beating/whisking until the intensity is achieved.
  6. Paint the icing over the cookies using a brush or dip the cookie edges into icing (this will set quite quickly).
  7. Place cookies on waxed paper to dry.


Most Helpful

You can beat, stir, mix or whip this for days, but 2 cups of confectionery sugar and one tablespoon of milk will never result in anything smooth. That means that all the "reviewers" not mentioning that flaw never actually tried making it.<br/>With 3+ tablespoons of milk, it's flawless.

urotjr December 29, 2014

Frosting exactly as stated - it sets up and hardens nicely. The only thing I did differently was to thin the frosting with an additional 1/2 tsp of milk because I used it as a beautiful abstract glaze on a cinnamon raisin loaf and I wanted to be able to drizzle it. I was nervous that it might not set up because I changed the recipe - but it dried to a shiny hard consistency. This is my new go-to glaze recipe.

amy.furay September 19, 2015

I've used this recipe for years for my Valentine Day cookies. I've never had a problem with lumps - I use a electric hand mixer to mix this. I use vanilla flavoring only - because I don't like almond flavoring. I half the recipe and make 4 different colors. I frost 5 dozen cookies with it, which are approximately 3 x 3 in size.

I_luv_sweets February 17, 2015

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