This Cookie Glaze is super simple to prepare, tastes great, and hardens nicely for easy transport!
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Cookie Glaze

This super simple Cookie Glaze is perfect way to decorate your cookies any time of year!
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookies, glaze, recipe
Servings: 30 Cookies or so
Calories: 33kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson


  • 2 cups powdered sugar (sifted)
  • 1 Tablespoon light corn syrup (or light agave nectar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (or orange, clear vanilla, mint, etc)
  • 2 Tablespoons milk (add more if needed)
  • gel food color (any colors you like)


  • Sift the powdered sugar into a large bowl.
  • Add the corn syrup and flavoring. 
  • Stir in the milk, starting with two Tablespoons and gradually add more one teaspoon at a time until you reach your desired consistency.
  • For thick glaze that can be piped onto the cookies, the glaze should slowly fall from a lifted spoon.For a glaze that the cookies can be dipped into, it will fall more quickly and in thinner streams.
  • To color the glaze, add a drop of gel food coloring. Stir to thoroughly combine the color in the glaze.
  • To create a swirl pattern, drop a darker gel color into the colored glaze and lightly swirl it around.
  • Dip each cookie into the glaze, twisting to make sure the entire surface is covered.
  • Gently lift the cookie up allowing the excess glaze to drip down. At first it will seem to pour off, them it will taper off to an occasional drip.
  • Place the cookie on a wire rack over parchment paper or a baking sheet. Sprinkle with decorative sugar while the glaze is wet!
  • If not using decorations, pop any bubbles that arise with a toothpick while the glaze is still wet.


  • Set glazed cookies aside to harden before moving or stacking, at least 12 hours.
  • The more you dip the cookies into the swirl glaze, the more the color will combine.
  • If the glaze is too thick, add additional milk. If the glaze is too thin, add more powdered sugar.
  • The standard flavors for cookie glaze are vanilla and almond, but orange, mint, and lemon are delicious as well.
  • Use a clear extract to keep the glaze color “clean”. Pure vanilla extract will change the color of your glaze.


Calories: 33kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 1mg | Sugar: 8g | Calcium: 1mg