Sugar Cookie Icing

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During the holidays there are often new activities planned with your children. Baking is often one of them. What could be more fun than baking with your children? One idea is cookie with icing as a dessert. It is great to make small cookies with a layer of icing in different colors on top. Kids like this, but let’s face it: for adults this is fun too! And of course really yummy to eat!

In an earlier article we already discussed how to make the best icing. We will repeat it briefly. Cookie icing actually only consists of a maximum of 4 ingredients. If you want to give color to the icing, you need food coloring. That will be the fifth ingredient. You can easily buy these online or at the supermarket. A big advantage of making icing is that you don’t need many devices. You need a bowl and a whisk. The icing will be soft enough to sink your teeth and enjoy the great taste! Even though the icing seems hard, you can still bite it.

Ingredients for Cookie Icing

To make cooking icing you only need four ingredients. These ingredients are: powdered sugar, water / milk, vanilla extract and corn syrup. Below we will explain the ingredients.

  • Powdered sugar: Other well-known names for this sugar are confectioners sugar or icing sugar. It’s finely ground granulated sugar. By grinding this sugar you will get the powder texture. You need 150 grams of this.
  • Milk / water: If you want more flavor to your icing, we recommend milk. Any type of milk is suitable for this. Start with 3 tablespoons.
  • Vanilla extract: When you really want white icing, you can choose not to use vanilla extract. It may be that the color of the icing changes when adding. For the taste it is really recommended! You only need 10 ml.
  • Corn syrup (light): To make the icing more transparent and thinner, you can use corn syrup. If you do not have this specifically at hand, you can also use extra water or milk! This ingredient is optional!

How to make Cookie Icing

You have two ways to make cookie icing. You get two different thicknesses. We call it:

  • Running Icing
  • Solid Icing

Running Icing

If you want cookies with icing that covers the edges, you need this type of icing. You add the powdered sugar with 3 tablespoons or milk / water. Then the vanilla extract and now the mixing starts in the bowl. Mix everything together and look closely at the mixture. Is the mixture smooth? Lift the Whisk and see the icing coming back into the bowl quickly? Then the running icing is perfect. Don’t over-mix as the icing will thicken.

Solid icing

If you want cookies with icing that is firm to the edges, you need this type. To make the icing, add the powdered sugar with 3 tablespoons or milk / water. Then you add the 10 ml vanilla extract. You start with mixing in a large bowl. Mix everything well and keep stirring. At some point you will see that the icing is smooth. You can check this by raising the whiskey. If you think the icing is too “watery”, then you have to keep stirring for a while so that it gets thicker. Add the food coloring at the last minute and keep stirring. You can choose to remove part of the icing from the bowl to make sure that not everything has the same color!

To fill your cookies with icing, we recommend that you first put the solid icing around the edges. Then you can put the running icing in the middle and spread it well. You can spread it with a knife or a spoon. If you want cookies where the icing falls over the edges, you can need to use the running icing!

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Sugar Cookie Icing

Making Sugar Cooking Icing will be the perfect finisher for a cookie! This will take you 10 minutes to make. You only need 4 ingredients! You can use the icing to decorate cakes and cookies! Enjoy!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Cookies
Calories 102 kcal


  • Mixing Bowl
  • Digital Food Scale
  • Whisk


  • 150 grams Powdered Sugar
  • 3 tbsp Water (Milk is also an option)
  • 10 ml Vanilla Extract
  • Food Coloring


  • Start with adding the Powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons of milk and the 10 ml vanilla extract in a bowl.
  • Whisk until the icing is combined. If you want to make the solid icing you need to keep whisking. If the icing comes to think you can add milk to make it smoother.
  • Start adding the food coloring.
  • Mix the food coloring and the icing together.
  • Take a cookie and start with the outside layer (solid icing)
  • When the solid icing is on the outside of the cookie, you can fill the middle with the running icing.
  • Take a knife or spoon and spread the Cookie icing!


Important information about the recipe below.
  • 150 gram of Powdered sugar needs to be enough. If you find out that you need more than just add more Powdered sugar with milk in the bowl.
  • When decorating the cookies make sure the cookies are at room temperature
  • If you have multiple food coloring just divide the icing in different bowls. After this you can add the food coloring
  • Do you running out of time, just make the icing a day before. You can keep the icing in the refrigerator. When you want to decorate the cookies make sure the icing is on room temperature.


Calories: 102kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSodium: 1mgSugar: 25g
Keyword Sugar Cookie Icing
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FAQ Sugar Cookie Icing

Below you can find the most frequently asked questions about the Sugar Cookie Icing:

How much icing do I need?

Depends on how many cookies you want to decorate and how big the cookies are. Try the recipe if you have short of icing, just make another bowl! It’s easy and you can’t make big mistakes!

When will the icing become hard?

When you make the icing it has a smooth texture. It takes 24 hours to becomes hard.

Is it possible to refrigerate the icing?

Yes this is possible! Make sure when you want to decorate the cookies or cake that the icing is on room temperature. The texture will be smooth enough to start decorating!


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