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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.
Prep Time 10 mins
Iced Cookie Resting Time 12 hrs
Total Time 12 hrs 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16
Calories 75 kcal


  • 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


  • 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.


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 3/4 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.


Calories: 75kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 3mgPotassium: 3mgSugar: 19gVitamin A: 3IUCalcium: 3mgIron: 1mg