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Healthier Sugar Cookie Icing

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This icing dries hard and shiny and the colors stay bright. Choose as many different food colorings as you desire.


  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 teaspoons low-fat milk
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 dash assorted natural food coloring


Combine white sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat, simmering until dissolved and a sugar syrup is created, about 5 minutes.n

Stir together confectioner’s sugar and milk in a small bowl until smooth. Beat in almond extract and 2 teaspoons of sugar syrup until icing is smooth and glossy. If icing is too thick, add more sugar syrup.n

Optional: Divide icing into separate bowls and add food colorings to each to desired intensity. Dip cookies or paint them with a brush.n

Prep time: 15 mins / Cooking time: 5 mins / Total time: 20 mins

Serving: 12 / Yield: 1 dozen cookie’s worth

Calories: 71.4

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