I 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.
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 Tablespoon corn syrup
2 Tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
Put the sugar, corn syrup, and extract into a bowl. Add 1 Tablespoon of the water.
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.
Dip your baked and cooled cookies into the glaze. Let the excess drip off.
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.
Add sprinkles and let dry until completely hard.
About an hour or two.
Put on a plate with a glass of milk and leave for Santa. Don’t forget the reindeer food.
You could package them really cute and give them to your Secret Santa.