It takes only four ingredients and 5 minutes to make the absolute best cut out Sugar Cookie Icing that hardens to a glossy, shiny surface!
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Sugar Cookie Icing

It takes only four ingredients and 5 minutes to make the absolute best cut out Sugar Cookie Icing that hardens to a glossy, shiny surface!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cookies, frosting, icing
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 34 cookies
Calories 31kcal
Author Melissa Erdelac

Ingredients

  • 2 cups powdered sugar sifted
  • 6-8 teaspoons milk
  • 4 teaspoons corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract or almond extract
  • food coloring optional

Instructions

  • Sift powdered sugar into a medium bowl. Add 6 teaspoons milk, corn syrup, and extract. Stir vigorously until icing is smooth. 
  • If needed, add additional milk to thin icing more. You've reached the correct consistency for frosting if a scoop of icing slowly falls off the spoon. If making colored icing, divide into bowls and add food coloring.

Notes

TIPS FOR MAKING SUGAR COOKING ICING AND DECORATING
  • Start with a couple teaspoons less of milk. Add the last 2 teaspoons as necessary.
  • To achieve the perfect consistency add more powdered sugar to thicken and a touch of milk to thin.
  • You've reached the correct consistency for frosting if a scoop of icing slowly falls off the spoon.
  • Traditionally sugar cookie icing is flavored with almond or vanilla extract, but orange, lemon, maple, or coconut extracts can also be substituted.
  • Sifting the powder sugar before adding milk will eliminate any potential lumps in the frosting.
  • Sugar cookie icing can be piped as an outline and filled in for pristine edges. Alternatively, it can also be spread with a small knife and decorated with sprinkles.
  • This frosting hardens quickly so have sprinkles ready to put on immediately.
  • Before stacking or wrapping cookies, make sure the icing is completely hard. Set cookies on a baking sheet for 12 hours.¬†

Nutrition

Calories: 31kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 1mg | Sugar: 7g | Calcium: 0.1%