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Simple Italian Icing For Every Baked Dessert

This is an easy to create icing that can be used on anything from cookies to cake and you can control the consistency by adding more or less powdered sugar! The tip on how to get those non-pareils into the icing without getting them all over the floor is priceless!
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Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 2 C of Confectionery Sugar
  • 3 Tbsp Of Milk 6 more TBSP in reserve to make thin or thicker as desired
  • 1 tsp of Lemon Anise or Vanilla Extract- depending on the flavor YOU want
  • Nonpareils to top


  • Mix Sugar, Milk, and Extract until it forms a smooth glaze.
  • Add in confectionery sugar just a bit at a time, until you reach the thick or thin consistency you are looking for (remember this will dry on the cookie).
  • You can divide this mixture in a few separate bowls and make smaller batches with food coloring in order to have a few different looks.
  • Dunk top of cookie in or paint it on with a brush or spoon to top with icing.