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Sugar Cookie Icing Recipe

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Sugar Cookie Icing

Stephanie Gallagher

Sugar Cookie Icing

This sugar cookie icing recipe is ideal for decorating sugar cookies, because you can easily manipulate the consistency to make this sugar cookie icing thicker or thinner. And like royal icing, this homemade sugar cookie icing dries quickly, which means you can add more decorations (colored sugar, sprinkles, etc.) without having to wait hours for this sugar cookie icing to dry.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups powdered (confectioner's) sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
  • 1 tsp. corn syrup
  • food coloring, if desired

Preparation:

Whisk all ingredients until smooth. You want the icing to be thin enough to outline the cookies and spread easily, but thick enough so that the icing won't run off the sugar cookies. Think: thicker than Elmer's glue and thinner than paste. It takes some practice to achieve the ideal consistency.

If you need to make the sugar cookie icing thinner, add milk, 1/2 tsp. at a time, until the desired icing consistency is reached. If you need to make the sugar cookie icing thicker, add powdered sugar, 1 tsp. at a time, until the desired icing consistency is reached.

If you're decorating a lot of sugar cookies, you may want to make a large batch of this homemade sugar cookie icing, and divide it into three or four bowls, stirring in a few drops of food coloring to each bowl, until the desired icing colors are achieved.

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