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Easy Sugar Cookie Icing

Easy Sugar Cookie Icing is just what you need to make iced and decorated sugar cookies. This recipe is makes the best tasting icing. It’s easy to work with and hardens in a few hours. 

We always bake batches and batches of cookies to share with our family and neighbors for Christmas. We are using grandma’s cut out sugar cookies and a super simple powdered sugar icing for decorating.

Plate of Christmas cookies, with decorations.

Most sugar cookie icing is flavored with almond extract or clear vanilla extract. We use orange extract and it’s the perfect flavor combination with old fashioned sugar cookies. It’s a subtle flavor that doesn’t overpower the sugar cookies.

Ingredients Needed

  • Powdered Sugar
  • Corn Syrup
  • Milk
  • Orange Extract

Bowl of icing, sprinkles, sugar cookies.

Step By Step Directions

Powdered sugar icing ingredients in a bowl.

  • In a mixer bowl, add the powdered sugar, corn syrup, milk and orange extract. 

  • Mix on low until combined, raise to medium speed until mixture is smooth, about 1 – 2 minutes. If icing is too thick to spread, add 1/2 teaspoon of milk at a time until desired consistency is reached.
  • If the icing is too runny, add powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.
  • Divide and mix with food coloring if desired.

Star cookies with icing on a wire rack.

  • Spread or pipe onto cookies. 

Decorated sugar cookies for Christmas on a white surface.

  • Top with sprinkles. 
  • The icing will set up pretty quick but depending on the humidity, it may take several hours or overnight to completely harden. 

Notes

Store iced cookies in a single layer in an airtight container. Add a layer of parchment paper in between layers. 

Store leftover icing in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week or in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks. Bring to room temperature before using. If mixture is too thick to spread, add a teaspoon or two of milk until desired consistency is reached.

Girl decorating sugar cookies with icing and sprinkles.

The best part of the holiday season is spending time with loved ones. Last week we invited our niece over after school to decorate cookies. It was so much fun and everyone loved the decorated cookies. 

Girl with decorated sugar cookies on a tray.

I love watching cookie decorating videos on instagram but I have to say watching the kids decorate cookies is even more fun. 

More Holiday Treats To Try

Gingerbread Cookies are always a hit for Christmas cookie trays and they are so fun to decorate. This icing works great for cut out gingerbread cookies.

We use my husband’s grandmother’s cut out sugar cookie recipe and she always made them with boiled frosting. It’s light and fluffy and forms a thin crust as it hardens. It’s a bit more intensive to make but well worth the effort. 

Reindeer Cake Mix Cookies are a fun and super easy treat to make for Christmas. Chocolate cookie sandwiches with homemade chocolate frosting decorated with pretzels, m&m candies and candy eye sprinkles. 

Overhead view of Christmas decorated cookies with decor.

Take the time this holiday season to bake cookies and easy sugar cookie icing and have a decorating party with mugs of hot chocolate for a fun time with family and friends. The kids are sure to love decorating cookies for Santa!

Plate of decorated sugar cookies with Christmas decor.

This Easy Sugar Cookie Icing is perfect for cut out cookies and is made in about 5 minutes with just a few ingredients. The icing hardens quickly and can be mixed with food coloring for decorating.

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Yield: Icing for 6 Dozen Cookies

Easy Sugar Cookie Icing

Plate of decorated Christmas cookies.

Easy Sugar Cookie Icing is just what you need to make iced and decorated sugar cookies. This recipe is easy to work with and hardens in a few hours. 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 4-6 tablespoons whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons orange extract

Instructions

  1. Add powdered sugar, corn syrup, milk and orange extract to a mixer bowl.
  2. Beat at low speed until combined. Raise to medium speed and beat until smooth, about 1- 2 minutes.
  3. Add additional milk or powdered sugar if needed to reach desired consistency.
  4. Divide and mix in food coloring if desired.
  5. Spread or pipe onto baked cookies. Add sprinkles if desired.
  6. Allow cookies to set up in a single layer until hardened.

Notes

Store leftover icing in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week or refrigerated up to 2 weeks. Mix in additional milk if the icing needs thinned.

Yield will depend on the shape and size of cookies that are being iced.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

72

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 40Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 10gProtein: 0g

Nutritional calculations are estimated and may not be accurate.

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