Sugar Cookie Frosting Recipe

filed under: Miscellaneous on October 28, 2009


Sugar Cookie Frosting Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Sugar Cookie Frosting Recipe
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1 c powder sugar
  • 1 tbsp. milk
  • 1 tbsp. light corn syrup
  • 1 -3 drops lemon juice optional
  1. Sift powder sugar to remove lumps.
  2. Add all ingredients to bowl and mix until combined.
  3. Add more milk as needed to achieve desired consistency

******This next step is important!******

If you need a thicker frosting, say for outlining your cookies, add LESS milk. Just a drop at a time.

If you have already outlined your cookies and need a to fill in or
’spill’ your cookies, you can add more milk (as much as you would need)
to make your frosting very runny.

If you are using food coloring, be sure to use LESS milk. Most food
colorings are liquid and can make your frosting more runny. If you are
using a gel food coloring, your milk quanity can remain the same.

If you want to add different flavors, you can add drops of vanilla extract, almond extract, lemon, etc. to flavor your frosting.

If you want more SHINE, use more corn syrup and less milk.

This frosting will stay good for days in the fridge.

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  • mandy evans says:

    Please add twice as much corn syrup and milk, a little at a time. With the regular amount it is just powdery. After you do all that, it has a nice flow and sheen. Beautiful!

  • Kerrie says:

    I’ve never iced a sugar cookie. Will the icing be hard or will it be softer because you say its a glaze? Would the icing smush if the cookies were touched?

  • Luci says:


    I am in awe with your decorated sugar cookies. Please tell me your secret in your printing on the cookies. Just amazing! Do you use a store bought gel icing when you write on the cookies? Can you add food coloring to your glaze? I wanted to make button sugar cookies for my daughter’s graduation party. I need help with the printing… any hints for me?


  • Stacy says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I am scared to use raw eggs and always run out to buy powdered meringue (which I never have on hand) to make royal icing. This is much easier and the ingredients are always stocked. 🙂

  • compare meds says:

    awesome recipe tips , i will try at home ,thanks….

  • nonya says:

    i sorta liked it

  • Dawn c ng says:

    I love your glaze recipe. Works so nicely and so little hassle. No need for the mixer and all that. LOVE it. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.


  • shirley pease says:

    please help if you can, i tried making powdered sugar frosting and when i add the liquid it turns the sugar beige, i was trying for white frosting, i am using organic powdered sugar
    thank you

  • Talia says:

    Thanks so much for this recipe!

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  • Food Catering in Houston says:

    This is incredible and easy. Thank you for this recipe of yours. I hope you’ll bake a lot of yummy cookies and share your tips and secrets on making such delicacies. I am an admin of, and I would be very happy to include this on my menu list.

    • Amanda says:

      I am not interested in you using my recipe. Thanks.

  • Michelle says:

    Does this “royal icing” harden so I can package or stack without the design getting messed up? Thank you!

    • Amanda says:

      Yes, in about 24 hours.

  • mabel says:

    Hola soy de argentina,el jarabe de maiz es la glucosa? Gracias

  • Donna says:

    Do you have a cookbook? I’ve seen a lot of your recipes on Facebook and would love to have them on hand. Your treats always look amazing. I’m still trying to figure out how you get your cookies to look like roses, I don’t think I’m piping them right and I haven’t been able to find a video to show how. If you can help me that would be great! Thank you for sharing your recipes!!❤️