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Sugar Cookie Icing

Rated as 4.51 out of 5 Stars

"This icing dries hard and shiny and the colors stay bright. Choose as many different food colorings as you desire."
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15 m servings 42
Original recipe yields 12 servings (1 dozen cookies' worth)


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  1. In a small bowl, stir together confectioners' sugar and milk until smooth. Beat in corn syrup and almond extract until icing is smooth and glossy. If icing is too thick, add more corn syrup.
  2. Divide into separate bowls, and add food colorings to each to desired intensity. Dip cookies, or paint them with a brush.


  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 42 calories; 0 10.8 0 0 < 1 Full nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

If light corn syrup is not available, you can substitute a sugar syrup made with 1-1/4 cups sugar and 1/3 cup water, boiled together until syrupy.

Most helpful critical review

I did not care for this because of the flavor. Sure did look nice on the cookies, though.

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If light corn syrup is not available, you can substitute a sugar syrup made with 1-1/4 cups sugar and 1/3 cup water, boiled together until syrupy.

Absolutely fabulous sugar cookie icing! This icing recipe is the "Holy Grail" of icing. I have been searching for an icing recipe that allows me to bake cookies that look like they were purcha...

This worked great for me! I put the 1 cup of confectioner's sugar in the bowl, added 4 tsp of milk all at once and stirred it until evenly mixed. Then I added 1 tsp of vanilla extract (I know it...

This icing is the best! I used lemon flavoring and it tasted great. The trick that worked for me in making this icing was add the 2 tsp. of milk to a bowl and then slowly stir in the powdered su...

You have to play around with the milk and corn syrup pretty much, but it's best to start with what the recipe calls for and add to desired consistency. This recipe was great. The glaze does t...

** 5 STARS! ** FABULOUS! I used this icing on my gingerbread men instead of Royal Icing because it requires egg whites. I added vanilla extract instead of almond extract. Placed it in sandwich ...

It's easy and makes for a nice professional shiny and smooth finish. It's a very sweet icing but aren't they all? I did have to add a bit more milk and corn syrup to make it into a spreadable c...

Great basic recipe for beautiful, colorful, glossy frosting. I have to work at it each time to get the right consistency. Tip: add a little more milk to make it thinner and easier to brush on...

I adjusted the recipe with the amount of milk and corn syrup to get it to the consistency I liked (about 3 tsp of milk and 3 tsp of corn syrup). The icing tasted and looked good and was pretty ...