Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Easy Icing Recipe

I don't have a picture for this recipe. Last night I needed a quick dessert to take to our family's house, so I just made sugar cookies from a pouch. I wanted something to spice them up (not literally) so I threw together this quick and easy frosting to put on some of them. You shouldn't need to make less of this recipe, if anything you may need to double it. But it's a great "starter" icing:

1 cup confectioners' sugar (powdered sugar)
2 tsp milk
2 tsp corn syrup
1/4 tsp almond extract

In a small bowl, stir together sugar and milk until smooth. Beat in corn syrup and almond extract until icing is smooth and glossy. If the icing is too thick, you can keep adding more corn syrup.

Add food coloring if you want to, or flavors such as vanilla or lemon extract instead of the almond - yum!

This is great on cookies, especially the sugar cookies or gingerbread cookies. The icing dries relatively fast which is great for gifts :)


Kelly D said...

Hey Amanda :-) Does this icing dry hard or soft? I've been searching for a good cookie icing recipe. Used one at Christmas but I wasn't that impressed with the taste of it.

Amanda said...

Kelly, you have forced me to taste these cookies again in order to accurately answer your question. :)

I would call this icing soft. If you were just to eat the hardened icing, it would have just the slightest "crisp" to it (it IS hardened, after all) but then it crumbles into your mouth. That's about the best description I can give you - sorry! I hope that does help.

If you just want to do a trial run with it, you could cut the recipe in half and just do it on a few cookies. If I ever half it I get enough frosting just for about 5 or 6 cookies. That way if you don't like the texture you'll still have plenty of cookies left, and if you do like it you can whip up another batch.