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Powdered Sugar Icing I

Powdered Sugar Icing I

Powdered Sugar Icing I

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Powdered Sugar Icing I
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Course: Icings, Frostings, and GlazesDifficulty: Easy



Flavorful, smooth, slightly shiny, very slightly translucent glaze great for decorating cookies or drizzling over other desserts. This does not dry hard and crunchy like Royal Icing…it is more like the glaze on a donut although it doesn’t dry sticky or tacky and you can (gently) stack the cookies. You can make it thicker for piping or thinner for flooding or pouring, depending on your use and preferences. For those who aren’t fans of the taste or texture of Royal Icing, this is a great option.


  • 2-1/2 cups powdered sugar

  • 2 tablespoons water (or a little more)

  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened

  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract

  • food color, if desired


  • Combine powdered sugar, water, 1 tablespoon butter, corn syrup and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla in small mixer bowl; mix until powdered sugar is moistened. Beat at medium speed until smooth, adding additional water if necessary, little by little, until you’ve reached the desired consistency. Tint with food color, if desired. This recipe makes about 1-3/4 cups of icing.


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This is my go to decorator icing. Easy to make and use. Looks good too!
- paula

Great recipe, quick and simple to make, and excellent results - recommended!
- Dan

Very easy and great results. This will be my go-to for decorating holiday cookies.
- A Baker

Recipe worked very well, and had a decent flavor. I, too had to add a tad of liquid after using for a few minutes. Took gel coloring very well and hardened but not like a rock - perfect.
- cookeeeeez  

Excellent recipe. I had to add a bit more milk to get it to "flow" right, but it dried hard and shiny and took the food colouring vividly.
- mimi maller

This recipe worked very well for me altho i had to adjust the amount of water it still came out great. thanks this is just what i needed. the corn syrup is the extra that seems to make this icing just right!
- kimcookieplace

I seldom cook or bake (because I don't enjoy it), so when I do I want something no-nonsense, easy and tastes really good. When I made this frosting with my daughter I realized this is the same frosting my mom used give me to decorate cookies. It was simple, took less than 10 minutes, and looked and tasted great.
- Sarah
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