Dana and I love making and decorating cookies! Needless to say, Dana is way better at decorating the cookies than I am. This does not prevent me from trying. Our son has been begging us to make some fancy cookies. So we have been testing different recipes. We tried royal icing. It was great tasting and easy to work with. However, it dried dull and not shiny. Our next step was to try making our own recipe. We dabbled with different ratios and finally figured out exactly what we wanted. We used corn syrup for the perfect shine. We then added vanilla for flavor. Finally after a few tries we nailed down the perfect amount of water to make it sturdy enough to outline, yet loose enough to flow and fill. This recipe gives you shiny and glossy cookies.