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.

Shiny Cookie Icing

Shiny Cookie Icing

In a large bowl mix together the confectioners’ sugar, water, vanilla and corn syrup with a whisk.  Continue to mix until smooth.

Makes amazing cookie treats

Portion out the icing and color if desired.

This icing is truly a gift

This icing is super simple and easy to make. Plus, it dries to the perfect shine.

The perfect snowman

If you find that the icing is a little too thick, you can add a teaspoon of water to thicken it up.  If you find that it is a little too thin for what you are looking for, let it sit for a couple of minutes and then stir.

Shiny Cookie Icing
Prep Time
2 mins
Total Time
2 mins
The perfect shiny cookie icing. This icing is easy to make, easy to use and gives the perfect shiny appearance when dried.
Course: Cookie Icing
Cuisine: Dessert
Servings: 2 cups
Author: Rex
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tsp warm water
  • 1 tbs corn syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  1. In a large bowl mix together the confectioners' sugar, water, vanilla and corn syrup with a whisk. Continue to mix until smooth.
  2. Portion out the icing and color if desired.


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