Cookie Icing Recipe & Helpful Tips

Cookie Icing Recipe & Helpful Tips

The holiday season is here! Time to deck the hells with boughs of holly and eat way too many cookies. The holiday season really is the holy grail of baked good seasons. And beautifully decorated ones at that! 

If you find yourself in the mood to get creative in the kitchen and want to try your hand at icing some classic holiday cookies, we've gotchu! Here is a simple cookie icing recipe and some helpful tips for decorating cookies. 

Parents: this is a great activity to do at home with the kiddos! 

Simple Cookie Icing Recipe

Ingredients for icing base: 

  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tsp light corn syrup
  • 2 tbsp milk 


  • Combine confectioners' sugar and milk in a bowl. Stir until there are not lumps left. 
  • Add corn syrup in batches (half a teaspoon each time). 
  • If adding color, separate icing into multiple bowls and add a few drops of food dye to each. Mix to combine thoroughly. 
  • Load into a piping bag or Ziplock and have at it! 

Helpful Cookie Decorating Tips:

  1. Use toothpicks to smooth our bubbles in the icing and reach the edges of your cookies. You don't need any fancy tools to make cool stuff! 
  2. Color your icing with gel food coloring rather than liquid. Using too much liquid coloring can make the icing runny, whereas gel food coloring packs more of a punch without watering it down as much. 
  3. Don't skimp on a piping bag! Or at least a Ziplock bag with a corner cut. Even if you don't plan to write anything out or do anything too fancy, piping bags help guarantee consistency. 
  4. If you're making icing at home and decorating cookies, save yourself the trouble and buy cookie dough! Of course, we recommend our legit cookie dough - it's delicious, made with real ingredients in a kitchen not a lab, and is BAKEABLE AND EDIBLE! With Doughp cookie dough, you don't have to worry about you or your kids getting salmonella from licking the spoon. 


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