Simple Cookie Glaze

This glaze dries hard and shiny and is perfect for coating the top of your cookies in preparation for decorating with food-safe pens or markers or adding sprinkles or other decorations. It’s the perfect way to transform all cookies from basic to beautiful.


  • 2 1/4 cups (255g) confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 2 tablespoons (35g) light corn syrup or honey
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons (14g to 28g) milk
  • food colouring, optional


  1. Mix all of the ingredients together. Stir until smooth; a fork works fine. The glaze should be thick, but soft enough to “settle” when you spread it. If the glaze is too thick, dribble in another teaspoon of milk, 1/2 teaspoon at a time.
  2. Glaze one cookie and set it aside briefly. The glaze won’t be perfectly smooth when you apply it, but should settle into a smooth surface within half a minute or so. Has the glaze settled into a smooth surface? If so, it’s the right consistency. Remember, it’s easier to add more liquid than to stir in more sugar, so start with a glaze that’s thicker than you think it should be, then add milk little by little to adjust the consistency.
  3. Add food colour, if you like; gel paste food colours are preferable, as they yield vibrant colour, and don’t alter the liquid/sugar ratio as regular food colours might.

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