Confectioners (Powdered) Sugar Icing for Sugar Cookies

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Here’s an excellent recipe for sugar icing for sugar cookies!  Since so many are asking what “icing sugar” is on this Shortbread Cookies recipe, I thought I would also let you know that it’s really just powdered (confectioners) sugar!!  Most people in Canada & England use the term Icing Sugar where as most other countries use powdered or confectioners sugar term, which happen to be the same thing.


  • * 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • * 2 teaspoons milk
  • * 2 teaspoons light corn syrup
  • * 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • * assorted food coloring


1. In a small bowl, stir together confectioners’ sugar and milk until smooth. Beat in corn syrup and almond extract until icing is smooth and glossy. If icing is too thick, add more corn syrup.
2. Divide into separate bowls, and add food colorings to each to desired intensity. Dip cookies, or paint them with a brush.

OH, and if you want some cute cookies to put this icing on, try the Reindeer Cookies!


  1. Theresa J

    Ohh, thank you for posting this. I thought icing sugar might be powdered but wasn’t sure. Can’t wait to try this with the cookie recipe.

    Posted on December 23, 2008
  2. Cat @ 3 Kids and Us

    That’s the same recipe I always use, except I use vanilla extract. So yummy!

    Posted on December 24, 2008
  3. Lori A.

    Oh boy…I’m knee deep in decorating sugar cookies with the kids today. It’s wearing me out!

    Posted on December 24, 2008
  4. jules p

    thanks. that sounds like an easy recipe.

    Posted on December 25, 2008
  5. Kara

    I’m sending this to my girlfriend, who didn’t know that frosting didn’t have to come from a can. :)

    Posted on January 1, 2009


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