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sugar cookie glaze recipeI really love a frosted sugar cookie.  Yet, sometimes, I do not have the time or energy to do the whole royal icing thing.  Make the icing, pipe the edges, thin the icing, flood the cookie, you get the idea.  When I really want a quicker version of a frosted sugar cookie, I make this almond-scented cookie glaze.  It is easy to make, you just whisk everything together until smooth, coat your cookie, and it dries hard and shiny.  I am so lazy that I usually just dip the cookie in the glaze, I am too lazy to even spread it with a spatula.  This cookie glaze is what I make with the kids when we are making cookies for Santa.  I dip the cookie in the glaze and let the kids add the sprinkles and sparkles. You can also add food coloring to this to icing to make it any color that you wish.  Today, I was going for a simple holiday cookie and kept the icing white.  If you are using a large batch of cookies or really large cookies, you may need to make a few batches of the glaze as well.

sugar cookie glaze recipebaked sugar cookies

1 cup confectioners sugar
1 Tablespoon corn syrup
2 Tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
sprinkles

sugar cookie glaze recipePut the sugar, corn syrup, and extract into a bowl.  Add 1 Tablespoon of the water.

sugar cookie glaze recipeWhisk until the mixture is smooth.  You may need to add more water to get the right consistency.  Add a few drops at a time.  I know that sounds like overkill, but it goes from really close to being perfect to completely runny in just a few drops.

sugar cookie glaze recipeDip your baked and cooled cookies into the glaze.  Let the excess drip off.

sugar cookie glaze recipePut the cookies on a rack.  I like to line a cookie sheet with parchment and then add the rack to make the clean up easier.

sugar cookie glaze recipeAdd sprinkles and let dry until completely hard.

sugar cookie glaze recipeAbout an hour or two.

sugar cookie glaze recipePut on a plate with a glass of milk and leave for Santa.  Don’t forget the reindeer food.

sugar cookie glaze recipeOr…

sugar cookie glaze recipeYou could package them really cute and give them to your Secret Santa.

Sugar Cookie Glaze

Ingredients

  • baked sugar cookies
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon corn syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Put the sugar, corn syrup, and extract into a bowl. Add 1 Tablespoon of the water.
  2. Whisk until the mixture is smooth. You may need to add more water to get the right consistency. Add a few drops at a time. I know that sounds like overkill, but it goes from really close to being perfect to completely runny in just a few drops.
  3. Dip your baked and cooled cookies into the glaze. Let the excess drip off.
  4. Put the cookies on a rack. I like to line a cookie sheet with parchment and then add the rack to make the clean up easier.
  5. Add sprinkles and let dry until completely hard.
  6. About an hour or two.
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27 Responses to Sugar Cookie Glaze

  1. This is my favorite way to decorate sugar cookies!!! I even use cocoa added to it for brown coloring when I need it and love the cocoa taste!!! I highly recommend this glaze for sugar cookies!!!

  2. Genius – especially right about now when we’re all a little strapped for time!
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  3. Mm, that is what I call a perfect cookie!!
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  4. Super cute and easy! I mixed my sugar cookie dough today and it’s chillin’. Told my daughter that I didn’t feel up to icing tomorrow, so was just going to do sprinkles. This is a happy medium. Thanks!
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  5. Emily Z says:

    Great glaze and beautiful, festive cookies. A job well done! Merry Christmas!

  6. Angela says:

    I don’t love frosting, but have always loved my local bakery’s glazed sugar cookies. Thanks for showing me how to DIY.

    Love the site. Thanks for all you do!
    Angela

  7. Samantha says:

    This glaze was GREAT!! Thanks so much!

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  9. [...] that you can make in one day.  If that is what you are in the market for, I suggest you use a cookie glaze on your sugar cookies and decorate with a sprinkle.  To make proper decorated cookies, they can [...]

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  11. Teacakes says:

    Great recipe! I’m glad I’m not the only one that “dips” cookies! LOL Thank you for the pics and recipe.

  12. Lori says:

    Ive been trying to get this reciperight forever, w/o the recipe! thanks for posting! P.S. Youre not lazy youre SMART.

  13. Kim says:

    This recipe is great! Love your site, thanks for posting! :-)

  14. My friend over at Food Lust People Love sent me over because I am having a terrible time with getting my icing to look decent and I’ve been trying to make good sugar cookies – she told me that you have all the best sugar cookies/icing recipes – thank you! I plan on trying this right away!
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  15. B says:

    Where have you been all my baking life?! Love LOve LOVE this recipe and cant wait to try more of your genius sweets!
    Thank you! =]
    B

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