Desserts & Sweets

Sugar Cookie Icing

By Emma :

Everyday Culinary Delights👩‍🍳

Sugar Cookie Icing Recipe

Oh, how grateful I am to have you here today! Truly, it means the world to me that you’ve chosen to spend a part of your day diving into the sweet and simple world of sugar cookie icing with me. This isn’t just about a recipe—it’s about creating little bites of joy that you can share with friends and family, sparking smiles and sweet memories. Let’s embark on this sugary adventure together!


For this sugar cookie icing, you’ll need just a few ingredients to achieve that glossy, smooth finish that will make your cookies magazine-cover worthy:

  • 1 and ½ cup (180g) powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (30mL) warm water
  • ½ tablespoon (10g) light corn syrup
  • ⅛ teaspoon vanilla or almond extract

Let’s transform these simple ingredients into something magical!

  1. Combine Ingredients: In a medium bowl, sift the powdered sugar to avoid any lumps. Add the warm water, light corn syrup, and your choice of vanilla or almond extract. Whisk them together until smooth and glossy.
  2. Adjust Consistency: If the icing is too thick, add water a few drops at a time until you reach the desired consistency. For a thicker icing, perfect for outlining cookies, add a little more powdered sugar until it’s just right.
  3. Color if Desired: Divide the icing into smaller bowls and add food coloring to each to create vibrant or pastel colors as per your design plans.
  4. Decorate: Transfer the icing to piping bags fitted with fine tips and start decorating! If you don’t have piping bags, a small plastic bag with a corner cut off will work in a pinch!
  5. Set: Allow the icing on the cookies to set at room temperature until hard, about 1-2 hours, depending on the thickness of the icing.

Helpful Tips

  • Consistency is Key: The secret to perfect icing is all in the consistency. For outlining, you’ll want a thicker icing, while a thinner consistency works best for flooding the inside of those outlines.
  • Keep Covered: Icing can dry out quickly. Keep it covered with a damp towel while working to prevent it from hardening.


  • No Corn Syrup? No problem! You can substitute with honey or golden syrup if you prefer.
  • Flavor Twists: Feel free to experiment with other extracts like lemon, orange, or even peppermint for a festive twist!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I make the icing in advance? Yes! You can make this icing ahead of time and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Just give it a good stir before using.
  • Is this icing suitable for vegan cookies? Absolutely! Just ensure that the corn syrup and colorings are vegan-friendly.

Storage Instructions

Store any unused icing in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. When ready to use, let it return to room temperature and give it a good stir to restore its smooth consistency.

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Thank you again for joining me in the kitchen today. Decorating cookies is an art that turns baking into a celebration, an expression of love and creativity. I can’t wait to hear about the masterpieces you’ll create with this icing—share your creations and inspire our community! Happy decorating!

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Sugar Cookie Icing

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  • Author: Emma
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Enough icing for about 24 cookies


Join me, Emma, as we whisk our way through the simple joys of making the perfect sugar cookie icing. This easy-to-follow recipe ensures a glossy, delightful finish to your cookies, making every occasion a bit sweeter.



1 and ½ cup (180g) powdered sugar

2 tablespoons (30mL) warm water

½ tablespoon (10g) light corn syrup

⅛ teaspoon vanilla or almond extract


In a medium bowl, sift the powdered sugar.

Add warm water, corn syrup, and extract of choice. Whisk until smooth and glossy.

Adjust the consistency by adding more water or powdered sugar as needed.

Optional: Add food coloring to achieve desired hues.

Transfer to piping bags and decorate cookies as desired.

Allow icing to set at room temperature until hard, about 1-2 hours.


Consistency Tip: For outlining cookies, keep the icing thicker. Thin it slightly for a flood filling.

Storage: Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. Stir before reusing.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
  • Calories: Approximately 50
  • Sugar: 10g
  • Sodium: 2mg
  • Fat: 0g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 13g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0g

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