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stacked christmas cookies in shapes like trees and snowmen with correlating frosting.
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Sugar Cookie Icing Recipe

This icing is so fun and leave so much room to be super creative! Only four ingredients that everyone will love!
Prep Time30 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 120kcal
Author: Dorothy Kern
Cost: $5


  • 2 cups (226g) powdered sugar
  • 2-4 Tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons corn syrup
  • Food coloring if desired


  • Add powdered sugar to a large mixing bowl. Add 2 tablespoons milk and corn syrup.
  • Whisk until combined, adding more milk 1 TEASPOON at a time until you reach the right consistency.
  • It should be thin enough that it drizzles but thick enough that it takes a few seconds to disappear back into the mixture.
  • Divide icing into bowls and tint with food coloring. Place in piping bags fitted with #2 or #4 tips or use squeeze bottles.
  • Decorate cookies as desired. Let sit at room temperature for several hours for the frosting to set before stacking.



  • For an enhanced flavor, add vanilla extract to your cookie frosting mix. Or use any extract for new flavors!
  • The right consistency should be thin enough that it drizzles, but thick enough that it takes a few seconds to disappear back into the mixture.
  • For best results, use gel food coloring and don’t add too much. The more you add (especially if using water-based food coloring) the more your icing will thin.
  • If the icing is too thick for piping, add a bit more milk.
  • Store icing covered so it doesn’t dry out.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.04g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.002g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 0.2mg | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 3mg | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 3IU | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.02mg