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Sugar Cookie Icing

yellow, pink, blue, and orange icing in piping bags and also on top of sugar cookies
Create the perfect iced sugar cookies with the best sugar cookie icing. Perfectly sweetened, this icing can be tinted in any color you desire to make your cookies extra fancy.
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Table of Contents
  1. SUGAR COOKIE ICING INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS SUGAR COOKIE ICING RECIPE
  3. HOW TO SERVE
  4. STORAGE
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The best way to top off soft sugar cookies is with sweet colorful icing and fun decorations. Our sugar cookie icing only has a handful of simple ingredients and an unlimited number of ways to make your creations look even tastier, which is only limited by your imagination.

We have the best sugar cookies to use with this yummy icing. Our No Spread Sugar Cookies and Swig Sugar Cookies are two great options all year round.

yellow, pink, blue, and orange icing in piping bags and also on top of sugar cookies
pre measured sugar cookie icing ingredients all laid out on a table

You’ll need:

  • 2¼ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • ½ teaspoon clear vanilla flavoring
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
  • Gel food coloring (optional)

PRO TIP

It is very important to only use gel food color, as liquid food color will dilute the icing, and it will not be the right consistency to set properly.

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

VANILLA FLAVORING: This is not exactly the same as vanilla extract, but either will work fine.

FOOD COLORING: The sky’s the limit on what color of food coloring you use in this classic sugar cookie icing as long as it is gel.

PRO TIP

This icing can very easily be doubled. A single batch will make ¾ cup of icing, so you can adjust how much you make depending on your needs.

STEP ONE: Using a medium bowl, stir together the powdered sugar, corn syrup, clear vanilla, almond extract, and milk. Stir until you have a smooth consistency with no lumps visible.

PRO TIP

If you find your icing is too runny, add a bit more confectioners sugar for a thicker consistency, and if it is too thick, you can add a little bit more additional milk.

STEP TWO: Evenly divide the icing between 4 small bowls. Add 3 – 5 drops of the desired gel food color to the icing in each of the separate bowls.

4 small bowls with icing and a drop of 4 different colors of food coloring on top ready to be mixed

STEP THREE: When you are ready to decorate your cookies, pour the icing into individual quart-size Ziploc bags or piping bags. Allow the iced cookies to sit for 12-24 hours to set and harden fully.

glass with a piping bag inside and orange colored icing being poured in

PRO TIP

You can also use a squeeze bottle for each color instead of the bags.

HOW TO SERVE

Every holiday season needs delightfully decorated cookies with bright colors and cute faces. This sugar cookie frosting recipe is perfect for our Christmas Sugar Cookies, Valentine Sugar Cookies, and 4th of July Sugar Cookies.

You can make plenty of simple or intricate designs with this easy icing for sugar cookies. Once you finish icing your tasty cookies, you can add sprinkles or sparkles to make your cookies extra special.

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: Store any leftovers of the best tasting sugar cookie icing in an airtight container, or the individual bags, in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. Before using, allow the icing to come to room temperature.

yellow, pink, blue, and orange icing in piping bags and also on top of sugar cookies

This perfect sugar cookie icing recipe has you covered whether you are looking for vibrant colors or pastel colors. It’s delicious but doesn’t overpower the taste of the cookies. Make different colors of icing, grab your favorite cookie cutters, and create whimsical cookies with homemade icing on top.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can you freeze iced sugar cookies?

Iced sugar cookies can be frozen for up to three months. Make sure you let the icing harden fully before freezing them and stack them very carefully in your container.

What is the right consistency for this easy sugar cookie icing?

It depends on what you want to do with your sugar cookie icing. Some professionals use thicker icing to outline cookies and thinner icing to fill in the middle. You may need to play around with the consistency depending on the kind of icing you need.

How do I ice sugar cookies?

Using your piping bag and piping tip, outline the cookie. Once the outline has dried, about 10 minutes, you can flood icing on the inside of the outline with the same or a different color.

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yellow, pink, blue, and orange icing in piping bags and also on top of sugar cookies
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Create the perfect iced sugar cookies with the best sugar cookie icing. Perfectly sweetened, this icing can be tinted in any color you desire to make your cookies extra fancy.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 hours 10 minutes
Servings 16

Ingredients
  

  • 2 ¼ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • ½ teaspoon clear vanilla flavoring
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons milk
  • gel food coloring optional

Instructions
 

  • Using a medium bowl, stir together the powdered sugar, corn syrup, clear vanilla, almond extract, and milk. Stir until you have a smooth consistency with no lumps visible.
  • Evenly divide the icing between 4 small bowls. Add 3-5 drops of the desired gel food color to the icing in each of the separate bowls.
  • When you are ready to decorate your cookies, pour the icing into individual quart-size Ziploc bags or piping bags. Allow the iced cookies to sit for 12-24 hours to set and harden fully.

Notes

TIP: It is very important to only use gel food color, as liquid food color will dilute the icing, and it will not be the right consistency to set properly.
TIP: This icing can very easily be doubled. A single batch will make ¾ cup of icing, so you can adjust how much you make depending on your needs.
TIP: If you find your icing is too runny, add a bit more confectioners sugar for a thicker consistency, and if it is too thick, you can add a little bit more additional milk.
TIP: You can also use a squeeze bottle for each color instead of the bags.

Nutrition

Calories: 75kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 3mg | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 3IU | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg
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