This easy Powdered Sugar Glaze recipe has only three ingredients! It’s the perfect icing for cookies, cakes, cinnamon rolls, and donuts.
We use this same recipe to make a glaze for cake and donuts as well as icing for cinnamon rolls and sugar cookies. It can easily be thinned and thickened or flavored and tinted.
This basic powdered sugar glaze is made of powdered sugar and half-n-half and you can take it up a notch by adding a dab of vanilla extract.
Is powdered sugar glaze made with milk, half-n-half or heavy cream?
You can use either milk, half-n-half, or heavy cream to make powdered sugar icing. Since milk is the thinnest, you will need a bit less than you would if using heavy cream. And the opposite is true, if you use heavy cream, you will need to use a bit more.
Put the ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine.
How can I flavor powdered sugar glaze?
For this recipe, I used vanilla as the flavoring but other extracts or flavorings could be used instead of the vanilla. Try using almond, coconut, maple, banana, or peppermint extract, depending on how you plan to use the icing.
Another option for making flavored glazes is to substitute the half-n-half with another liquid. For lemon glaze, use lemon juice instead of half-n-half. If you want an orange flavor, substitute orange juice.
I use a whisk to combine the powdered sugar glaze but a fork or a spoon would work too. Just keep stirring until the icing is smooth.
If your powdered sugar glaze is too thick, stir in more half-n-half a teaspoon at a time, until it reaches the consistency you desire.
On the other hand, if the powdered sugar glaze is too thin, you can add more powdered sugar, a tablespoon at a time, until it reaches the right consistency.
What is the best way to tint powdered sugar icing?
I always use gel paste food coloring to tint icing and frosting. Gel food coloring adds intense color without changing the consistency of icings and frostings. Tinted powder sugar icing is perfect for frosting sugar cookies during the holidays. Check out my sugar cookie icing guide for lots of tips and ideas!
On the other hand, if you want a truer white glaze, icing or frosting use a clear vanilla flavor instead of pure vanilla extract which is dark brown in color.
Ways To Use Powdered Sugar Glaze
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