Perfect Cookie Icing

This delicious icing is what I use to add all the details to my cut out cookies. My icing is not too sweet and it hardens so that the cookies can be stacked when dry. Read the recipe and tips below to learn how you can make show stopping cookies for your holiday parties!

Perfect Cookie Icing

  • 3 Cups of powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons of milk
  • 2 Tablespoons corn syrup (depending on how thick you need the icing)
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • assorted food coloring paste


  1. In a stand mixer, mix on a low speed your powder sugar and milk. Then add your corn syrup until it is the desired consistency. If the icing is too thick, add more corn syrup.
  2. You can experiment with different types of extracts for different flavors!

Decorating Your Cookies

Basic Decorating:

Using the thick cookie icing you can pipe designs on to your cookies. You can be as detailed as you like. While the icing is soft, you can add sugars or sprinkles. After the icing has hardened you can paint on a mixture of metallic luster dust and lemon extract (or vodka for a flavorless mixture)


To cover an entire cookie:


You first want to outline your cookie with your icing to create a wall or dam. You’ll want this icing to be thick so that when you pipe it, it will hold it’s shape.

img_4821Once the outline has crusted, you can now fill it in. You’ll want to use the same icing and thin it down slightly with corn syrup so that it will slowly puddle. You don’t want it to be too runny, or the icing might spill over! Fill your icing bag and carefully fill in your shape.


The icing will need a couple hours to set before any additional details can be added. They should dry overnight before attempting to stack or package. If the surface is still tacky, allow a few additional hours to prevent cookies from sticking together or ruining the designs.


Posted by on December 13th, 2010