Sugar Cookie Icing

"This recipe is quick, easy, dries hard and shiny and tastes good too. I originally got if from Allrecipes."
photo by Jonathan Melendez photo by Jonathan Melendez
photo by Varyth photo by Varyth
photo by Anne V. photo by Anne V.
photo by Molly F. photo by Molly F.
photo by Anne V. photo by Anne V.
Ready In:
12-24 cookies




  • Stir the powdered sugar and the milk until smooth.
  • Beat in corn syrup and vanilla until icing is smooth and glossy.
  • If it's too thick, add more corn syrup.
  • Divide icing into separate bowls and stir in food coloring as desired.
  • You can dip the cookies, paint them with a paint brush or spread them using a knife or the back of a spoon.

Questions & Replies

  1. How long does it take this icing to dry? Also does it dry hard? I am making paint your own cookies and it has to dry hard to put the design on.
  2. Can I ice the cookies and then freeze them? If so, what is the best way to pack them in containers?
  3. What is the set up time for frosting? I was going to make it in advance before the grandkids get here
  4. Can this be made a day in advance?
  5. Can this be made a day ahead?


  1. Lots of whining about consistency of icing!!!! The beauty of cooking is to follow directions first time exactly - THEN make your own adjustments. Almost all recipes in baking require adjustments depending on climate, humidity, sea level, temperature and individual preferences. Put your big girl or boy panties on and experiment. MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL.
  2. This icing is very adaptable. For flavoring, I used 2 drops of clear vanilla, and 1 drop each of lemon and almond extract. I've thinned the icing with milk to make a glaze, thickened a bit with more powdered sugar to pipe, and used it as is to spread on cookies. I really like that it dries to a glossy finish instead of dull (and tasteless) like royal icing.
  3. This frosting was just the right consistency when I used 3 tsp milk instead of 2. I have been looking for a beautiful frosting like this, it is a keeper! Thanks
  4. We doubled the recipe and used with sugar cookie recipe 81367 and it was perfect. I didnt have light corn syrup so used honey as a substition and it still worked great. The icing set up so nicely, hardened and was so shiney! will use everytime!
  5. What a great icing! This kept a beautiful sheen which looks great on the sugar cookies we iced with it. I did have to add much more corn syrup than the recipe said in order to get it to a spreading consistency.


  1. This recipe works great
    • Review photo by e04madsen
  2. I added a lot more milk, and I substituted a mix of table sugar & warm water (4 parts sugar, 1 part water) for the corn syrup. I also used white vanilla powder instead of extract to keep the color more pure.
  3. Very good recipe! Like others, I did add more milk to thin it a bit. I think next time I'll use lemon extract instead of vanilla to change it up a bit. It is very pretty when it dries!
  4. I halved this recipe into three separate bowls (half-sized recipe in each bowl) and this was a quick recipe to make. Found that I had to add quite a bit more moisture for it to be spreadable, but it's been pretty dry around here so maybe that's it. I used butter flavoring instead of vanilla and it was perfect on vanilla sugar cookies- thanks for the great recipe!
  5. This is really good. As a twist one day, I used one cup yellow cake mix instead of powdered sugar. Pretty yummy!


I am a wife, Mother and Grandmother. I am a native Texan and can't imagine living anywhere else. My Grandmother taught me to cook before I could see the top of the counter. I remember standing on a stool in her kitchen learning to make pancakes. My Mother loved to cook and it seems she was cooking (or cleaning) most of the time. So those are the two ladies responsible for nurturing my love of cooking! <a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> As you can see I cook and review recipes more than I post them. That's because I am a pinch of this and a dollop of that cook and it's hard to put those recipes down on paper. <img src=""> <img src="" border="0" alt="Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting"> <img src="" border="0" alt="Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting">
View Full Profile

Find More Recipes