Published August 31, 2011 by
Glazed cookies are different from cookies that are iced with stiff Royal icing. Glazed cookies will appear more glossy when finished. They’ll have a more painted look. You can easily learn how to make a cookie glaze that will have you decorating cookies like a pro.
Sugar cookies are one of the best types of cookies for glazing. They take glaze well and they also lend themselves to shapes that are perfect for seasonal cookies. You might want to bake bright butterflies for spring and four-leafed clovers for St. Patrick’s Day. You can tailor your cookie making and glazing to every holiday easily. Glaze is so easy to work with that there’s no reason you can’t make a batch every week in a different theme!
When you’re asked to bake for the Girl Scout meeting, PTO bake sale or another fund raiser, try making glazed cookies. Once they set and dry, they are easy to transport. And they are cost-efficient as well as delightful to look at. Try your hand at them and you’ll keep returning to the thought of glazed cookies whenever you go to bake.
Colorful Cookie Glaze
You'll love this easy-to-make glaze that dries to a hard, glossy finish, with bright, beautiful colors.
Yield: Makes about 1/2 cup.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
1 cup confectioners' sugar
3 1/2 teaspoons milk
1/4 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract or 1/4 teaspoon Pure Almond Extract
2 teaspoons light corn syrup
Assorted Food Colors
1. Mix confectioners' sugar, milk and extract in small bowl until smooth. Stir in corn syrup until glaze is smooth and glossy. (If glaze is too thick, stir in small amount of additional corn syrup.) Stir in 3 to 4 drops food color until evenly distributed and glaze is smooth. Add additional drops of food color until glaze is of desired color. Mix in your school's colors for a graduation cookie gift!
2. To glaze cookies, place cooling rack on foil-lined baking sheet. Holding a cookie by its edge, dip the top of cookie into glaze. (Or spoon the glaze onto cookies using a teaspoon. Cookies can also be glazed using a new small paintbrush.) Place glazed cookies on cooling rack to dry. (The foil-covered baking sheet will catch any drips.)
3. Use contrasting glaze colors to decorate glazed cookies, if desired. Spoon small amount of contrasting glaze into small resealable plastic bag. Snip off tiny piece of the corner of the plastic bag. Create design by squeezing contrasting glaze onto cookies. Allow glazed cookies to dry thoroughly before stacking.
Glazing cookies is a fast, easy way to add a splash of color to a cookie tray for the holidays, a birthday celebration, or a get well cookie basket. You can send over a batch of glazed cookies as a thank you to someone special or send them to school with your child in his lunchbox. Since they’re so easy to make, you can break out this recipe every time you bake.