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3-Ingredient Powdered Sugar Icing – Follow Us


Powdered sugar icing uses only 3 ingredients and can be made in a pinch. Elevate your cookies, cakes and muffins with this simple, no fuss and exactly delicious glaze!

I think we can all concur that Trendy often, the top part of any cake, donut or fast bread is the powdered sugar glaze on top. There is something about licking off the icing first before getting down to the main event and this glaze does not disappoint!

drizzling glaze over muffins

This simple icing adds the great delicate touch to any muffin, cookie or turnover. I love it because it’s not overbearing or overly sweet like a frosting would be. Add some food coloring and have different colors set up for a birthday party. It’s a super simple way to obtain creative and have everyone decorate their own treats! Use orange for some fun Halloween cookies and keep this recipe on hand for your next cookie exchange when the holidays arrive around.

Whether you’re topping off a special dessert with this icing or using it to satisfy a sweet tooth on a Tuesday morning, this fast and simple powdered sugar glaze recipe is something to have on hand because you will be coming back to it time and time again!

powdered sugar icing ingredients

3 simple ingredients

  • Heavy cream: You can also use whole milk. The higher the fat content, the thicker the icing will be. It is easier to lean out the icing by adding the cream or milk small by small than it is to thicken it.
  • Powdered sugar: This is sugar ground up to a powder and usually contains cornstarch to act as an anti-clumping agent. Even still, make sure to sift it to guarantee a smoother glaze.
  • Vanilla extract: I use pure vanilla extract.

sifted powder sugar

How to make icing with powdered sugar

  1. Combine: Sift the powdered sugar into a bowl and add heavy cream (or whole milk) and vanilla. Stir until smooth.
  2. Add: If you are finding it too thick, add more cream a teaspoon at a time, as needed. You want it on the thicker side, otherwise, it will run off of your baked goods!
  3. Use Immediately: Once your cookies, muffins, donuts, fast bread or other baked goods have cooled, drizzle the icing over top using a spoon. If you do this while they are still hot, the icing will lean out almost completely.

Have fun with the flavor combination and substitute the vanilla for almond extract, lemon juice, butter extract or coconut extract.

Tip: If you’re wanting to decorate using a piping bag, make your own by placing the icing in a zip-top bag and snip the end to create a small opening. Best used immediately while kind and smooth!

mixing powdered sugar glaze in bowl

Storing tips

This glaze will keep at room temperature for up to 3 days. The small amount of milk is preserved by a large amount of sugar and will remain secure.

Favorite ways to use it

There are tons of different ways to use this glaze. It tastes delicious on cakes, danishes, muffins, fast bread, cookies, scones…you name it. Below are a few of my favorite recipes to use it in:

powdered sugar glaze in bowl

More simple icing recipes:

Powdered Sugar Icing

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Keyword: powdered sugar icing

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Servings: 12

Calories: 48

Powdered sugar icing uses only 3 ingredients and can be made in a pinch. Elevate your cookies, cakes and muffins with this simple, no fuss and exactly delicious glaze!

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 Tablespoons heavy cream or whole milk (more or less as needed)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Combine the powdered sugar, heavy cream and vanilla in a bowl. Stir until smooth.

  • Add more cream as needed to lean out the consistency. You want it to be smooth and slightly thicker so that it doesn’t run off your baked goods.

  • Place in a zip top bag and snip the end or use a spoon to drizzle over the top of cookies, doughnuts, fast breads or muffins. Best used immediately.

Calories: 48kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 1mg | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 37IU | Calcium: 2mg

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Jamielyn Nye is the creative director and founder of Follow Us. She is also the author of the Follow Us Cookbook. When she’s not creating in the kitchen, Jamielyn loves to chase her four small monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.


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