Confectioners’ Sugar Glaze

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 5 min.


3/4 cup

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
This versatile glaze is shared by our Test Kitchen. You can make the basic confectioners' sugar glaze and tint it with food coloring if desired. For chocolate lovers, skip the food coloring and stir in some baking cocoa.
Confectioners' Sugar Glaze Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon water
  • 1/2 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
  • Food coloring, optional


  1. In a bowl, combine confectioners' sugar, water and vanilla; stir until combined and smooth (mixture will be thick). If desired, tint with food coloring. With a butter knife or small metal spatula, lightly spread glaze on cooled cookies. Let dry for 1 hour.
Chocolate Confectioners' Sugar Glaze: Prepare Confectioners' Sugar Glaze. Stir in 4 teaspoons baking cocoa until smooth.

Nutrition Facts

1 teaspoon: 31 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 0 sodium, 8g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.