Simple Cookie Glaze

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Yield: 2/3 cup

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This glaze dries hard and shiny, and is perfect for coating the top of your cookies in preparation for decorating with food-safe pens or makers. This glaze is a little on the thick side, and it isn't perfectly smooth when you apply it, but should settle into a smooth surface within half a minute or so. Glaze one cookie and set it aside for a minute. Has the glaze settled into a smooth surface? If so, it's the right consistency. Remember, it's easier to add more liquid than to stir in more sugar, so start with a glaze that's thicker than you think it should be, then add milk little by little to adjust the consistency. Watch our how2heroes video for more tips.

Simple Cookie Glaze

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quick-n-easy
Hands-on time:
Yield: 2/3 cup
Published: 01/01/2010

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon milk
  • Food coloring (optional)

Tips from our bakers

  • Be sure you measure accurately here. Too little milk, and the glaze won't spread nicely. Too much milk, and it will be thin, spotty and develop splotches overnight.
  • Once the glaze has hardened, you can color on it with foodsafe markers, or you can pipe another color over the top with Royal Icing. You can sprinkle sugar on top of the wet royal icing for a sparkly effect.

Directions

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1) Mix all of the ingredients together. Stir until smooth; a fork works fine.

2) The glaze should be thick, but soft enough to "settle" when you spread it. If the glaze is too thick, dribble in another teaspoon of milk, 1/2 teaspoon at a time.

3) Add food color, if you like; gel paste food colors are preferable, as they yield vibrant color, and don't alter the liquid/sugar ratio as regular food colors might.

Yield: 2/3 cup glaze.

Reviews

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  • star rating 12/25/2014
  • Jenny from Alpharetta, GA
  • Made this yesterday to decorate sugar cookies and it worked perfectly! Didn't have light corn syrup so I made my own sugar syrup. I added just a pinch of salt to the icing and a little almond extract. The recipe iced almost 3 dozen Christmas cutouts. Will use it again and again and again!
  • star rating 12/20/2014
  • Kelly from Las Vegas
  • Incredibly easy and versatile recipe. I've found that the fastest way to apply it is to use a pastry brush. I can cover the whole cookie and it always settles into a nice even coating.
  • star rating 12/20/2014
  • J Warnic from Wisconsin
  • Great, kids have fun making it and decorating it using it for Christmas cookies.
  • star rating 12/20/2014
  • from
  • It is awesome.
  • star rating 12/20/2014
  • Susan from Ohio
  • Best cookie glaze ever, easy to make and use - great taste. It never fails, always sets up perfect.
  • star rating 12/18/2014
  • P Long from West Virginia
  • star rating 12/16/2014
  • chad from wi
  • I've been using this for years. Best one I've ever found
  • star rating 04/18/2014
  • Kristen D. from Dover, MA
  • This glaze is great, and it makes my cookies look so professional. My only complaint is that it doesn't taste good. Is it because I'm using store brand confectioner's sugar? it has a somewhat metallic taste and even using a little high quality vanilla doesn't improve things.
    You may be happier with the flavor of a cookie glaze recipe that includes meringue powder. You definitely want a glaze that will harden so you can achieve the smooth surface for decorating - Happy Baking! Irene@KAF
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