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This simple Sugar Cookie Glaze recipe makes a delicious glossy sugar cookie frosting that hardens as it dries. With just 4-ingredients, you can make a perfect frosting for your next batch of sugar cookies which will make them look picture perfect.

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I really love a freshly baked frosted sugar cookie with crispy edges, a chewy center and topped with royal icing, however, sometimes I do not have the time or the energy for all of that (make the icing, pipe the edges, thin the icing, flood the cookie; you get the idea).

When time is a constraint and I am looking to make a simple and easy cookie icing, I make this almond-scented cookie glaze from scratch. This is my go-to sugar cookie glaze and it is also a manageable to make with kids. I dip the cookie in the glaze and let the kids go wild with decorating these cookies with sprinkles and sparkles. So gather your ingredients and let’s whip up this quick and easy sugar cookie glaze for any of the upcoming holidays.

  • Baked Sugar Cookies
  • Confections Sugar – The granules are ultra-fine making it a great way to add sweetness to foods without needing to dissolve it first in hot water.
  • Corn Syrup – Makes the glaze glossy and vibrant.
  • Water – Adds moisture.
  • Almond Extract – Adds a great deal of sweet and nutty flavor. It can be used interchangeably with vanilla extra or you could use both in smaller quantity to make this glaze taste extra flavorful.
  • Sprinkles (optional) – If you’re decorating the sugar cookies with anything but the glaze be sure to press decorations like sprinkles into the glaze while it’s still wet so it doesn’t fall right off.
ingredients for sugar cookie glaze

How to Make // The Steps

Step 1: Put the sugar, corn syrup, and extract into a bowl. Add 1 Tablespoon of the water.

ingredients for sugar cookie glaze in a bowl with a whisk

Step 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 an overkill, but it goes from close to being perfect to completely runny in just a few drops.

whisking ingredients for sugar cookie glaze

Step 3: Dip your baked and cooled cookies into the glaze. Let the excess drip off.

sugar cookie glaze being poured

Step 4: Put the cookies on a rack. I like to line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and then add the rack to make the clean-up easier.

Step 5: Add sprinkles and let them to dry until completely hard. I would give it a couple of hours.

sugar cookies with sugar cookie glaze cooling on cooling rack

Step 6: Put on a plate with a glass of milk and leave them for Santa. Don’t forget the reindeer food. Or…You could pack them up in a Christmas themed packaging and give them to your Secret Santa.

Tips & Tricks //

  • This basic sugar cookie glaze makes a glossy coating that is milky white in color. To add a pigmented color to your cookie glaze, simply mix the amount of glaze you need for your cookies with food coloring drops.
  • A reader mentioned they whisked cocoa powder into the glaze for the added color and cocoa flavor and that sounds delicious as well.
  • If you’re frosting a large batch of sugar cookies or really large sugar cookies, you’ll need to make a few batches of this glaze.
  • Although I should make my cookies aesthetically perfect by spreading the glaze onto them neatly with a spatula, I prefer just dipping the cookie straight into the bowl of glaze.
  • It is super easy to make. You just whisk the ingredients together, coat your cookies in it and like magic, the glaze hardens into a shiny, glossy finish.
  • With food coloring, you can make this glaze any color you want.
  • It’s super useful. Use this glaze to frost cookies, cakes, and cupcakes, and to drizzle over breakfast pastries.
  • Make beautifully decorated sugar cookies for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween, etc.

This sweet and sugary glaze isn’t limited to just frosting sugar cookies. Below are more delicious ways to use sugar cookie glaze.

sugar cookies with sugar cookie glaze in a tin for gift giving

How to Store & Freeze //

Storing: Before storing the glazed cookies, give the glaze enough time to harden completely. Then, put the cookies in an airtight container and store them at room temperature in a cool, dry place for up to a week. If stored in the refrigerator, they will last for up to 2 weeks.

Freezing: Before freezing, the glaze needs to be completely set. Arrange the cookies in a single layer on a baking sheet and place them in the freezer for about an hour or until the cookies freeze solid. Then, wrap individually frozen sugar cookies in wax paper or plastic wrap and freeze in a container for 3 months. Thaw at room temperature. before serving.

*To store any leftover cookie glaze, transfer it to an airtight container in the fridge and use it within 2 days.

FAQ //

Is this sugar cookie glaze good for piping?

This glaze is better for spreading with a spatula or dipping cookies into it. Because of its lower sugar content, it doesn’t harden as much and isn’t dense enough to be piped.

What can I do if I don’t have powdered sugar to make this glaze?

If you do not have powdered sugar, you can use granulated sugar pulverized into finely powdered sugar.

What is the difference between royal icing and glaze icing?

Royal icing is a thicker, more dense cooking frosting that is perfect for piping and layering on sugar cookies and cakes. Glaze icing takes just a minute to make and results in a thinner cookie glaze.

How long do sugar cookies last without icing?

To safely store baked, un-iced sugar cookies, place them in an airtight container and refrigerate for 2 days or freeze for 3 months.

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sugar cookie glaze recipe

Sugar Cookie Glaze

Yield: 1 cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Sugar Cookie Glaze - I use this glaze on my favorite sugar cookies. It tastes great and is shiny. If you are going to add sprinkles, add them before the glaze dries.

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.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 28Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 5mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 0g

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Saturday 18th of December 2021

Is there a trick to getting the sprinkles to stick before the icing hardens?

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