Simple Cookie Glaze

"This is a very easy clear glaze for cookie decorations to stick to."
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Ready In:
60 cookies




  • Combine water and sugar in a small saucepan with a whisk.
  • Bring to a boil and boil until the sugar dissolves and the syrup turns clear.
  • Make this glaze before you begin making cookies, and allow it to cool to slightly above room temperature while you make and bake your cookies. When the cookies and the syrup are cool, brush each cookie with a very thin coat of glaze and sprinkle on decorations or large-crystal sugar.
  • Allow glaze to dry for at least an hour before stacking cookies. Thin glaze will dry faster than a thick coat of glaze.

Questions & Replies

  1. Can I freeze cookies with this glaze on them?


  1. I love this recipe! I hate baking cookies with sprinkles on, and I hate trying to get them to stick when they're cooling. This is an excellent medium to use, rather than piping gel which takes forever to dry enough for cookies to be bagged! #sugardome #adragonstale
  2. This is great! I was all out of powdered sugar and milk so I went looking for an alternative. I'm so glad I did! I will use this all the time now. I cooked it in the microwave and it turned out perfect. I added a little red food coloring and it gave just a hint of color to the glaze. I also made my own colored sugar to sprinkle on by adding green food color to regular granulated sugar. I dipped the cookies in the glaze and then sprinkled them with a little colored sugar. They look so festive! Well, looked festive because I think they are all gone now!<br/>Thank you so much for posting this recipe!
  3. I have a really good butter cookie recipe and I have never decorated the cookies because I don't want anything to drown out the cookie's buttery flavor like frosting does. However, this year I decided to look for a glaze that wouldn't add a lot of extra flavor and this did the trick. What I really liked was how quickly the decorations "set" allowing me to stack them in an air tight container. Thank you Laundrycrysis.


When I cook or bake, I like recipes to be really simple. I don't have the time, patience or focus to follow recipes that have a long list of ingredients, require a lot of steps, or any difficult techniques. Basically I need recipes I can get through while half asleep and drinking coffee while I make them, or while distracted by two little kids, three barking dogs, an off-balance washer and someone at the door ! So when I want to make something and can't find a recipe that is simple enough, I experiment and come up with my own. Most of the recipes I have posted here are things I make every week, sometimes several times. I hope they work out well for you ! Also, everything I make is free of dairy and eggs because our kids are allergic to them.
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