You will use these old fashioned cookie icing recipes again and again. The homemade icing is quick and easy to make, and it flows on cookies to harden just right every time. You will love it.
There's nothing like a homemade cookie that's iced to tempt your sweet tooth. Not only does the icing add flavor and richness to the cookie, but it adds a tantalizing appeal.
Mom's Recipe Scrapbooks (c. 1920s)
Bring to boil equal amounts of granulated sugar and water. Stir occasionally until sugar is completely dissolved. For thicker glazed, reduce by cooking and stirring occasionally until you reach consistency desired. Remove from heat and allow syrup to cool to room temperature.
Brush over cookies or cake, or drizzle using a spoon or measuring cup. Great icing for either cookies or cakes.
1 cup confectioner's sugar
3 teaspoons milk
2 teaspoons corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
Stir sugar and milk together in a bowl until icing mixture is smooth; beat in corn syrup and vanilla until icing mixture is smooth and glossy in appearance.
Add food coloring to desired shade. Ice cookie and set aside for the icing to harden to a nice glaze.
Egg whites, 2
Butter, 1 cup
Icing sugar, 4 cups
Whip ingredients together until thick enough to spread. For chocolate frosting, add 1 cup cocoa. For colored frosting, add food coloring as needed.
Pour the following French Water Icing over cookies when hot:
Sift 1 cupful confectioners' sugar into a bowl, mix into it sufficient cold water to make it into a thin paste, beat until smooth, flavor as desired, and pour it over the hot cookies. When dry serve the cookies for tea.
Submitted by A. Miriam
I accidentally found an amazingly simple icing recipe for decorating cookies. It is so simple and hardens quickly so that you can actually stack the cookies for serving.
I had run out of milk one day while decorating cookies. So, I melted some vanilla ice cream and added powdered sugar — and it was perfect.
The ice cream is already full of delicious ingredients. One can just add food coloring or leave it white; then add sprinkles, if desired. You have to add the sprinkles quickly before the frosting hardens, though. —Miriam, USA
Really, frosting and icing are both the same. Some cooks consider frosting softer and icing harder, but the term that's used often depends on your geographic location.
It's most often called icing here in Canada and in the U.K., while frosting appears to be the term commonly used in parts of the United States.
But, whatever you call the sugary sweet, spreadable mixture, it adds an attractive appearance to cookies and cakes, and tastes even better than it looks.