Cookie Icing Recipe


This simple cookie icing recipe is one that I always turn to whenever we are decorating cookies around our house. It has been in my family for as long as I can remember and isn’t going away anytime soon!

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It works great for spreading or piping onto cookies, whichever you prefer. You can also easily make the cookie icing thinner or thicker based on your preferences. You’ll add a little bit more sugar for it to be thicker and a little more milk for it to be thinner. Totally up to you to get the cookie icing to the consistency you prefer.

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Here’s my family’s cookie icing recipe perfect for using with our sugar cookie recipe that I’ll share tomorrow. You definitely don’t want to miss it!

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Cookie Icing Recipe
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Cookie icing recipe perfect for using for decorating or icing sugar cookies or other types of cookies. Get this simple, family heirloom cookie icing recipe you are sure to love.
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (clear preferred)
  1. Stir all ingredients together to make sure well-combined and smooth.


Happy Cookie Making!



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    Kate says

    Does this harden up after drying so the cookies can be boxed up/stacked without ruining them? I usually use royal icing to decorate but I’d prefer a meringue free option if it will harden.

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      It really will depend on your particular environment and how thick you add the icing. The dryer your weather, the faster it will dry, but for me in the humid south, it takes longer on those really humid or rainy days. I hope that makes sense.


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