Sugar Cookie Icing

Royal Icing recipe for Sugar Cookies


Here is a recipe to decorate sugar cookies. Dip or paint with a brush...the possibilities are endless! You can use a pastry bag with tips for additional designs. Or add sprinkles to your add some additional sparkle and color. Change the colors to your themes. We have used this for party favors as well as party activities. We have used it many times with success. Have fun! Add different size lollipop sticks and turn these lollipop cookies into perfect cookie bouquets. Click here for our Sugar Cookie Recipe


  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons light corn syrup
  • ΒΌ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Assorted food colors


  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Small containers for each color
  • Whisk

For 2 Dozen Medium-Large Cookies here is the recipe 4x

  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • In a bowl, stir together confectioners sugar and milk until smooth.
  • With whisk, beat in corn syrup and vanilla extract until icing is smooth and glossy.
  • If icing is too thick, add another teaspoon of corn syrup.
  • Divide into individual bowls and add food color to each until desired color is achieved.
  • Fill pastry bags with a fine tip for best results. fold bag over so you can fill the icing at the bottom of the bag near the tip. Watch the tip as some of the icing may leak out.
  • Save some of each color in the bowls for decorating with brushes.
  • Trace the outline of the cookie with the color you are using as the base. Leave about an 1/8" edge so that the frosting will not drip onto the sides of the cookie. Then fill with a little of the frosting and use a flat edged brush to smooth it out and spread it evenly. Add as needed to fill the outline. It is always easier to add more then to try to scape excess off.
  • Paint details with a brush. See brushes we bought from Amazon below.
  • You can add sprinkles on top of the painted surfaces when the icing is still wet.

Tips and Suggestions

  • We used a full brush to paint on the color and then I used a thin firm brush to create an edge. See the brushes we use below.
  • Gels Food Coloring can also be used for colors. We love the Wilton colors because of the different shades they offer. This is much easier than mixing to get colors especially for younger children.

Other Ideas

    Multiple Colors Let each color dry before adding a second to prevent blending of colors.
    Added Decorations Use icing in a tube with the different attachments to embellish items with leaves, stars and lines.
    Sprinkles Add sprinkles while icing is wet so that they will stick!