Easy Glace Icing {Sugar Cookie Icing}


This easy glace icing recipe is great for cookie decorating. It’s vegan and made with no dairy and no egg whites. It also tastes great and dries hard.

Some people have asked me about an egg- free royal icing recipe and that’s basically today’s icing. This was the icing I grew up enjoying. My family still loves it to this day and make it for almost every holiday.

Easy White Glace Icing in Glass Bowl For Cookie Decorating

This icing is perfect for people with egg allergies. It’s made with no meringue powder and no egg whites unlike my go-to royal icing recipe.  It can also be dairy free, if you use almond milk, soy milk or coconut milk or even oat milk. 

Anyways, I had some leftover heart shaped Sugar Cookies and decorated them.

You can do the”WET-ON-WET” technique. That’s when a cookie is covered in icing and before it has a chance to dry, another layer of icing is applied to it. Pretty cool. Right? You can see an example of that at the very end of this post.

Another thing you can do it to just dip the cookies (smooth surface down) in the icing bowl until only the top is covered. Then, place it on a tray and let it set and dry.

Colored Glace Icing in Separate Glass Bowls on White Background

I don’t consider myself to be a skilled cookie decorator…not even close! It’s just that I like decorating cakes and cupcakes so much more that cookie decorating takes a back seat! But, every once in a while I get an itch to play around with cookies and just have fun. 

Here are a few TIPS to keep in mind when working with glace icing:

Unlike royal icing which is considered a little temperamental, this no fail glace icing recipe is DUMMY-PROOF. I am not even kidding… totally dummy-proof! lol. You just dump all the ingredients in a bowl, mix everything and start piping. Easy peezy!

Cookies that are decorated with this icing have a SHINE to them unlike royal icing. So, if that’s something you don’t want…steer clear of glace icing and stick to royal icing.

Just like royal icing, this icing can also be EASILY colored with gel colors.

Also, I might be crazy but I think this icing takes a little LONGER to dry than royal icing.

Variety of Decorated cookies On White Background

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Glace Icing

Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
This easy glace icing recipe is great for cookie decorating. It’s vegan and made with no dairy and no egg whites. It also tastes great and dries hard.
Yield: 2 cups


  • 1 pound Powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup Milk, Whole Or 2% Or Almond milk Or soy milk Or coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup Corn syrup
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract, Use clear extract
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp Almond extract, Use clear extract, Adjust quantity according to your preference
  • Pinch Salt


  • Add all the ingredients in a bowl.
  • Mix everything with a spoon until everything is fully blended and you will end up with somewhat of a thick paste. I prefer using a hand held mixer or my KitchenAid to mix everything coz everything blends more properly.
  • You can now divide the icing into separate containers and use gel colors to tint them.

As for decorating those heart sugar cookies you saw earlier, I don’t have pictures but I did the “wet on wet technique” and here are the steps:

  • Use thick consistency white glace icing to make an outline around your heart cookie.
  • Flood the inside of your cookie with thin consistency of white glace icing.
  • For the polka dot pattern, use a small round tip to squeeze little dots inside your heart before the icing has a chance to set.
  • For the swirly pattern, use a small round tip to squeeze little dots inside your heart cookie before the icing has a chance to set. Then, start moving your toothpick randomly through all the dots until your have lots of swirls. Enjoy!


– This recipe yields about 2 cups of icing. I find the icing NOT to be as stiff as royal icing.
– If your icing is too thin, you can make it thicker by adding more powdered sugar…1 tablespoon at a time and mix it thoroughly.
– If your icing is too thick, you can thin it out by adding some milk… ½ teaspoon at a time and mix it thoroughly.
– You can also use soy milk or almond milk or even coconut milk instead of whole milk, which makes this icing suitable for people with dairy allergies.
– Store leftover icing in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week. When you need to use it again, take your container out of the fridge and let it come to room temperature. You may have to mix it again in your mixer.
– Cookies that are decorated with glace icing usually take about 12 hours to dry completely. Timing can vary depending on where you live and your weather conditions.


Calories: 1028kcal, Carbohydrates: 261g, Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 3mg, Sodium: 42mg, Potassium: 40mg, Sugar: 261g, Vitamin A: 50IU, Calcium: 40mg, Iron: 0.1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 1028
Author: CakeWhiz
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17 comments on “Easy Glace Icing {Sugar Cookie Icing}”

  1. I like to bake when I was a little girl. I considered cake decorating as a career now that i’m an adult. Please give me some ideas to explore.

  2. Hello! Is there a way to use less sugar with this recipe? My icing was too sweet! Thanks

    • Unfortunately no. Glace icing is supposed to be very sweet. If you reduce the sugar amount, the consistency of the icing will change. It will probably be thinner and not suitable for decorating.

  3. I don’t always bake cookies, but when i do, I want them to be super cute and pretty like these.

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