Healthier Sugar Cookie Icing


This icing dries hard and shiny and the colors stay bright. Choose as many different food colorings as you desire.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
1 dozen cookie's worth


  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 2 tablespoons water

  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar

  • 2 teaspoons low-fat milk

  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract

  • 1 dash assorted natural food coloring


  1. Combine white sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat, simmering until dissolved and a sugar syrup is created, about 5 minutes.

  2. Stir together confectioner's sugar and milk in a small bowl until smooth. Beat in almond extract and 2 teaspoons of sugar syrup until icing is smooth and glossy. If icing is too thick, add more sugar syrup.

  3. Optional: Divide icing into separate bowls and add food colorings to each to desired intensity. Dip cookies or paint them with a brush.

Editor's Note:

This recipe is a healthier version of Sugar Cookie Icing.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

71 Calories
18g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 71
% Daily Value *
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Total Sugars 18g
Calcium 0mg 0%
Potassium 0mg 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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