Cutout Cookie Decorator Icing

READY IN: 10mins
Recipe by Suze K

This frosting works well on decorated cookies because it hardens when cool.

Top Review by RotiJala

I didn't have corn syrup on hand; just added some lemon juice to one batch and some almond essence to another. Worked fine! Thanks. (I also didn't use butter for one batch -- it turned out OK too.)

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 34 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons light corn syrup (Karo)
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter (NO MARGARINE)
  • 14 teaspoon vanilla
  • food coloring (if using liquid coloring, may need to add a little more confectioners sugar to bring to decorating c)


  1. Place sugar into mixing bowl.
  2. Combine milk, corn syrup and vanilla, and blend.
  3. Add liquid mixture to powdered sugar and mix thoroughly.
  4. Add softened butter and blend until thoroughly incorporated.
  5. Divide frosting into several cups, and add food coloring to each. If using liquid coloring, add a little more powdered sugar until it reaches good spreading consistency.
  6. Spread onto cookie with knife, or place in zip-loc sandwith bags with the corner nipped off 1/16" to pipe onto cookies.
  7. Decorate with sprinkles or colored sugars.
  8. Once cookies are decorated, place on flat surface to allow frosting to dry. Store cookies in covered container.
  9. NOTE: Differences in humidity may require more or less liquids to make a good consistency frosting. Sugar can be added or milk lessened to achieve the best consistency.

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