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Decorator Icing for Cookies

This easy Decorator Icing recipe for cookies is perfect for decorating cookies, donuts, and pound cakes. Simple to make with a wonderful taste, this icing will create beautiful designs for any occasion. You can easily customize the colors and consistency of this recipe to work for any theme.

This is a basic white decorator icing recipe that allows you creative and artistic liberties. It is egg and diary free making it friendly for all diets, and very simple to prepare. It won’t set into a hard glaze which makes it a fantastic icing for consumption.

Decorator Icing

What are the different types of Icing?

Though they are used for the same purposes the two popular icings, royal and decorators, are different and will yield different results. Our decorator recipe is made from sugar, water, and some added flavorings. This recipe will set firm, but remain soft making it a wonderful icing to eat. It can become damaged if the cookies are stacked, so be careful to protect them when displaying, storing, and transporting.

Royal icing is made with egg whites and meringue powder. It is the king of the icing world, and is a popular decorator icing for cake. It will give you a beautiful, firm set that will harden completely. Royal icing can be unpleasant to eat for some due to the hard set and lack of flavor. But, it will yield gorgeous designs that will set and stay in place.

How can I use this Icing?

Decorator icing recipes are easy to follow and simple to create. You can quickly make several batches to have lots of icing colors to play with. It is perfect for decorating simple cookies or glazing cinnamon rolls, donuts, or pound cakes.

  • Keep your batches of various colored icings distinct from each other and separate them into different bags so the colors don’t contaminate each other.
  • We strongly recommend the Wilton color gels for this icing. The gels let you get a nice deep color without adding too much liquid.
  • Keeping the tip of the decorator tips covered with a wet paper towel protects the frosting so it won’t dry out.
  • Keep your tip and bag vertical when applying any frosting. This will prevent air bubbles from seeping out and ruining your icing design, as well as creating a seamless application.

How can I make my Icing better?

Icing isn’t known for it’s flavor, but there are ways you can make it as pleasant to eat as it is pretty to look at. We are also sharing tips for how to improve the texture and set. Here are some of our suggestions for how to improve your icing.

  • Use fresh flavor extracts
  • Add a bit of meringue powder to make your icing stronger
  • Increase or decrease the amount of water to reach the best piping consistency
  • Allow it to warm to room temperature before using for the best piping results
  • Use gel food color to prevent the icing from becoming watery
  • Use the correct decorator tips for best results
Decorator Icing For Cookies
Yield: 8 servings

Decorator Icing for cookies

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Quick and easy homemade decorator icing for cookies. This icing is dairy and egg free! Adjust the flavorings and consistency easily to suit your project and personal taste. Best applied with a decorator tip. Add embellishments as desired.


  • 1/2 Cup confectioners sugar
  • 3/4 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp. almond flavoring
  • 3/4 tsp. water in small increments


  1. In a one quart bowl, mix the first four ingredients
  2. Add the water in small drops until the icing is the desired consistency for your project
  3. Make a batch for each color you need in separate bowls
  4. Add your desired color. I highly recommend the Wilton gel colors for this. They don't add liquid, they make highly adjustable colors and the gels last a long, long time
  5. Apply the frosting with a small (#3) decorator tip. For easy control use a decorator bag, or plastic sandwich bag with a teeny hole in one corner
  6. This frosting glazes over in about 15 minutes so add sprinkles and embellishments immediately after frosting
  7. This is not a hard glaze. It sets up well with a shiny surface and is delicious and easy for kids to make and eat

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 28Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 1mgCarbohydrates 7gFiber 0gSugar 7gProtein 0g

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