Gingerbread Cookie Frosting


This is the gingerbread cookie icing that my mother always made at Christmas. 

a top down view of a plate full of gingerbread people cookies decorated with white, red, and green frosting.
Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
1/2 cup

This gingerbread cookie icing is the perfect finishing touch! Your holiday baking projects deserve only the best, after all.

Gingerbread Cookie Icing Ingredients

You need just two ingredients (plus one optional ingredient) to make this gingerbread cookie icing recipe:

· Confectioners' sugar: This gingerbread cookie icing starts with confectioners' (a.k.a. powdered) sugar.
· Milk: Milk thins and binds the icing together, creating the perfect spreadable texture.
· Food coloring: You can add food coloring, if desired.

How to Make Gingerbread Cookie Icing

Simply stir the milk and confectioners' sugar together to make this gingerbread cookie icing! That's it. You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below.

How to Ice Gingerbread Cookies

Use the gingerbread cookie icing to decorate your cookies however you like: Spread it on with an angled spatula or transfer it to a squeeze bottle or piping bag to make intricate designs.

Just make sure the cookies are completely cool before decorating.

How to Store Iced Gingerbread Cookies

Allow the icing to harden on the counter before you store the iced gingerbread cookies. Store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. If you're worried about the cookies sticking together, stack them with wax paper between each layer.

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar

  • ¼ cup milk, or as needed

  • 10 drops food coloring


  1. Gather all ingredients.

    Overhead of frosting ingredients in various containers and bowls.

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  2. Sift confectioners' sugar into a small bowl.

    Sugar being sifted in to a glass bowl.

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  3. Stir in enough milk to make a smooth but not too runny consistency.

    Overhead of a sugar and milk mixture in a glass bowl.

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  4. Divide mixture into small containers, depending on how many colors you want. Drop food coloring into each container, using as much food coloring as needed to create desired hues.

    Overhead of red, green, and white frosting mixtures resting in small bowls.

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You may need to adjust the frosting with some more sugar if the consistency gets too runny after adding milk.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

126 Calories
1g Fat
31g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 126
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 7mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Total Sugars 30g
Protein 1g
Calcium 18mg 1%
Potassium 22mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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