Healthier Sugar Cookie Icing

Healthier Sugar Cookie Icing

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"This icing dries hard and shiny and the colors stay bright. Choose as many different food colorings as you desire."


20 m servings 71 cals
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Original recipe yields 12 servings



  • Calories:
  • 71 kcal
  • 4%
  • Fat:
  • 0 g
  • < 1%
  • Carbs:
  • 18.3g
  • 6%
  • Protein:
  • 0 g
  • 0%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • < 1 mg
  • < 1%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Combine white sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat, simmering until dissolved and a sugar syrup is created, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir together confectioner's sugar and milk in a small bowl until smooth. Beat in almond extract and 2 teaspoons of sugar syrup until icing is smooth and glossy. If icing is too thick, add more sugar syrup.
  3. Optional: Divide icing into separate bowls and add food colorings to each to desired intensity. Dip cookies or paint them with a brush.


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  1. 18 Ratings


This icing recipe worked SO well - dried hard and kept it's colours. I used a piping bag and various tips and they all held their shape. It did take more than 2 tsp of milk to make it smooth, m...

This icing works very well. It stays nice and fluid while working, and dries firmly with a nice sheen. Love the almond flavor!

I followed the directions exactly and the milk and powdered sugar didn't come out smooth and adding the sugar syrup only made hard clumps. I added all the syrup 2 tsp. at a time and then more mi...

This was quick and easy to make & creates a nice, glossy, hard coating. However, the recipe, as is, makes enough for TWO dozen 2" x 3" cookies. I'm not sure why the recipe was written to make ...

A couple of tips - SIFT your powdered sugar. I didn't use my electric whisk (but if doubling do so) I sifted the sugar and used a small hand whisk. If the icing seems to thick, thin with more...

Seemed to work great. I recommend using a small spatula to spread and doing so quickly before icing sets. I love that I had all the ingredients and didn't need to use yucky corn syrup.

This was perfect! I was out of corn syrup while we made Valentine cookies on a snowy day, so I didn't want to go to the store. This worked great for our cookies. It spread nicely and was the per...

For the most part, this recipe worked for me. I sifted the sugar like someone recommended. I added the ingredients exactly, but still the powdered sugar mixture was too thick. After adding 4 tsp...

Great recipe!