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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Glacé Icing

My nephew got baptized this afternoon and I just HAD to make these cookies. My mom made CTR shaped cookies for us kids when we got baptized and I thought it'd be fun to give them a try. Knowing I am not a very good froster, I called my mom to ask her what frosting recipe to use. She directed me this glacé icing recipe. I was really hesitant to try this because she can make everything look perfect, and I wasn't sure I could even come close. But she convinced me it was easy and slick - and it most definitely was! So I hope you'll try it too. (I made these on a harder sugar cookie, but would imagine it'd work about the same on a soft cookie.)

This icing is perfect for decorating any shape of sugar cookie. You can dip the cookie and let the icing drip off through a wire rack. Or you can pipe a thick edge that acts like a dam and then fill in the middle with the glaze in your color of choice and then pipe on words or designs. The icing dries quite hard over night and then you can stack the cookies without them leaving marks on the underneath layer. Pretty cool, huh?

Glacé Icing
1 lb. powdered sugar (about 3 3/4 C)
6Tbsp milk
6 Tbsp light corn syrup
1 t extract (almond, vanilla etc. keep in mind that if you use brown colored vanilla it will tint the frosting slightly)

With a whisk, combine sugar and milk until smooth and has no lumps. Stir in corn syrup and extract. This consistency is what you want for the glaze - it is nice and runny and pours our of your spoon quite fast. Pour how much you want into a separate bowl for the glaze - then you can tint it the color(s) you want.

Set aside the amount you want for the piping. For piping you want to add more powdered sugar - a few tablespoons at a time, until it's thick and pours from a spoon slowly. You can't really mess it up. If it's too thin then add more powdered sugar. If it's too thick just add more milk until it's right consistency. If you want to color your piping do so after it's as thick as you want. Put it in a frosting tube and you're ready to go.

You'll want to pipe the dam like edge after your cookies are completely cool, like the picture below. Before you add the glaze let this piping harden until you can touch it without leaving a fingerprint (about an hour).

Then you'll fill in the center with your colored glaze (it works great with a baby spoon). Let this glaze harden too before adding words. You can add designs or words when it's wet, but they will sort of bleed and blend into each other.

Then pipe on letters or designs and let harden over night on a partially covered cookie sheet. That way the bottoms of the cookies don't dry out. In the morning the cookies should be set hard enough for stacking without denting.

Other fun cookies that we've done with Glacé Icing since the CTR design are:

Volleyball Cookies
These were made by my Mom for my sisters last Volleyball game of the season.

Spider web cookies


  1. These look amazing, it makes me want to make sugar cookies and try it out. We are always on the look out for good frosting recipes.

  2. these are adorable. i will for sure be making these in the future. what recipe do you use for your cookies? i've only made soft sugar cookies. thanks, you're the best!

  3. Krista - I posted the sugar cookie recipe I used today on my blog here is the text to the link Hope you'll love them too!

  4. what a great idea for baptisms, I think i will start that too. HOW FUN. thanks lindsay!

  5. I feel very privileged to have eaten these scrumptious cookies before. They actually are almost too cute to eat, but I just had to! Thanks for sharing Linds!

  6. Love these cookies...they look great!! I absolutely love the idea of the CTR cookies for a baptism! I am a little obsessed with decorating cookies these days, but I started out using the Our Best Bites glace icing last year. SO FUN!

  7. Do you have a cookie cutter that shape or how did you get them like that?? these are perfect for next years primary theme thanks for sharing:)

  8. Christal, if you look at the recipe for sugar cookies there is a picture of my cookie cutter. Here is the link

    My mom made it out of an can from pineapple tid-bits, it's a shorter can. She then cute both ends off the can and then bent the can into a ctr shield shape with some pliers.

  9. Thanks for sharing this cute idea! I found you off of Pinterest. Blogged about the cookies I made and gave you credit. Thanks for sharing!