Easy Cookie Glaze

Mary and Brenda Maher

By Brenda & Mary

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Easy Cookie Glaze

This cookie glaze whips up in minutes, is made from ingredients you already have in your pantry and dries hard and shiny. But, the best part is that it tastes delicious and is adds the perfect amount of sweetness to our Ultimate Sugar Cookie Dough Recipe. This cookie glaze tints very well when using gel paste colors but has a bit longer drying time than royal icing, so when your edible works of art are done, leave them overnight just to be sure…if you can wait that long.

RECIPE NOTES: This recipe yields enough glaze to decorate approximately 24-30 medium size cookies or 12-14 XL cookies


  • 6 cups Powdered Sugar
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 Cup + 2 Tbsp. Water
  • 1/4 Cup Light Corn Syrup

Place all the ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk until combined and then whisk vigorously until all the lumps are gone. Mixture should be quite thick but drizzle in an extra teaspoon of water as necessary to make mixture smooth.

Separate into bowls and tint with gel paste food coloring as desired. Drizzle the glaze into squeeze bottle for less mess and more exact piping.


-This recipe is made for piping on cookies so it may appear a little thick. It’s easily adjusted by adding more water if you’d prefer to pour the glaze over the cookies or use as a drizzle.

-Keep any unused portion of the glaze covered directly on the surface with plastic wrap.

-The glaze is best made and used the same day.

-Glaze can always get a bit messy, so we find the easiest way to apply it is with a squeeze bottle. If you don’t have those on hand, you can use piping bags or spread with a spoon, although the cookies may not look as neatly decorated.

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