How to Make a Powdered Sugar Glaze for Icing Cookies
Whether you’re looking for an easy way to finish up a batch of cut-outs or undertaking an intricate decorating project, this is the recipe to use! Our simple glaze is super-quick to make, easy to customize, and incredibly forgiving. It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned decorator or a budding baker—you’ll be able to master powdered sugar glaze in no time flat.
At its simplest, this glaze is simply a blend of powdered sugar and water. A touch of corn syrup gives it a bit of gloss, and your favorite food colorings transform plain sugar cookies into culinary masterpieces. Flavor it with vanilla for a timeless favorite or add a modern twist with craft liqueurs. Tint it with liquid or gel food colorings or leave it plain to accent other decorations.
Troubleshooting this recipe is easy. If your glaze is too thin, add powdered sugar by the tablespoon until it reaches your desired consistency. If it’s too thick, simply add a water until it has thinned out properly. Above all, remember to stir your glaze well before using, or it could end up half runny, half gloppy.
Easy Powdered Sugar Glaze for Cookies
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
2-3 tablespoons water
¼ teaspoon extract of choice
food coloring, optional
Whisk powdered sugar with 2 tablespoons water to form a thick paste. Blend in corn syrup and extract, and stir until combined. If you are using food coloring, stir in the desired amount.
Test for consistency by spreading a small amount on a cookie or piece of parchment and allowing to dry. Adjust thickness by adding powdered sugar or water as necessary. Use or store, covered, at room temperature for up to 3 days. This glaze can be frozen, but should be thawed at room temperature and checked for consistency before being used.
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