Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Sugar Cookie Icing Ideas

We have a yearly tradition to make and decorate sugar cookies. I have always had a hard time finding an icing recipe that decorated well and didn't make a huge mess. I also was always on the hunt for an icing that dried hard for easy storage.

Here are some icing recipes you can try and experiment with

Bake On Icing

1/3 cup flour
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 tsp hot water
1-2 drops food coloring (optional)

Mix the flour and butter together until smooth. Add the hot water, and add food coloring if desired. Put the mixture in a pastry bag and decorate as you would with piped icing, then bake cookies as usual.

Chocolate Icing

2 cups semisweet chocolate
1 Tablespoon of shortening

melt in microwave or double broiler until smooth.

Sugar Cookie Icing

1 cup powdered sugar
2 tsp milk
2 tsp light corn syrup
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Stir the powdered sugar and milk together until smooth. Beat in corn syrup and vanilla. Add your food coloring and have fun decorating.

Tips for sugar cookies

roll out dough on your cookie sheet and then cut the shapes. That way you don't ruin the shape transfering to your cookie pan.

You can knead cookie dough with powdered sugar instead of flour for sweeter taste.

Chill your dough before using cookie cutters. That way when they bake they won't spread.


  1. Can't wait to try these! Thanks for sharing...

  2. Your welcome. Another thing you can always do is dye the dough with food coloring. Sometimes I do that and then knead all the colors of the dough together creating a swirled effect.


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