Cookie Glaze

Pink Ribbon Cookies. I know, I know, I’ve posted these in the past for a sugar cookie recipe, but I wanted to share them because I used a smaller cookie cutter and added some pink edible glitter this time.  I was happier with the cookies I made last time using my own parchment stencil, I wasn’t a fan of this new cookie cutter, it kept bending, and the middle portion would fill up with dough, so I had to use a knife to clean it out continually. No fun.

These cookies were baked for someone special, a co-worker’s wife actually. Him and his wife bring the hard-working hospital staff a treat every few weeks when his wife has a treatment. This week, he requested breast cancer ribbon cookies. A few of them were plain pink, but I wanted to play with some edible glitter, so 2 dozen of them were sparkly goodness.

This cookie glaze can be used for piping and filling in cookies, or simply dipping them. I like the piping method. For these specific cookies, I used royal icing to pipe a border and then I used the pink glaze to fill them in. It dries glossy and non-sticky, so you can stack them in little gift packages if you let them sit out for a few hours after decorating.


  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup SIFTED icing sugar, give or take a couple of tablespoons depending on the consistency you want. If you don’t add enough sugar, the glaze will be too runny and the cookies will take a lot longer to dry.


  1. In a medium mixing bowl, add the corn syrup, milk and vanilla extract, stir together.
  2. Add the icing sugar 1/4 cup at a time, so you don’t have icing dust coating your kitchen cupboards. 😉   (I use a hand mixer for this because it’s such a small amount, and it’s easier to make sure the glaze is smooth and evenly combined.)
  3. If your glaze is too thick, try thinning it down with additional light corn syrup, 1 tbsp at a time.
  4. Add any food colouring you desire, starting with 1 drop. If using gel colours, use a toothpick to scoop it into the glaze.
  5. If you want to use the glaze to outline the cookies, you will need a thicker consistency, so scoop 1/4 of the glaze out and add some more icing sugar unti it has thickened enough to hold it’s shape.
  6. For filling in the designs, scoop the thinner glaze into piping bottles or bags with a #2 or #3 tip and decorate away.
  7. If you’re careful not to over-whip the glaze, you won’t have to worry about air bubbles in the cookies.

Optional Step: (But how could you not want to)… Add some edible glitter! When the glaze is just about dry, sprinkle on some edible sparkles. The type I used is really fine and glittery, and it’s called Disco Dust. I purchased the baby pink colour. It’s a small jar, and a tad bit expensive, but it goes a long ways! You could pinch it and sprinkle on with your fingers, but I find that dipping a small paint brush and tapping the handle on my wrist, while holding the brush over the cookies, gives an even covering.

disco dust on cookies

p.s. One batch of glaze covered about 2 1/2 dozen sugar cookies.

breast cancer cookies




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