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Powdered Sugar Icing

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  • Prep 5 min
  • Total 5 min
  • Servings 1
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You're only three ingredients and one step away from the best powdered sugar icing you’ve ever had. It’s a bold claim but we stand behind it. The silky texture and sweet but subtle vanilla flavor of this icing is a major upgrade for cinnamon rolls, waffles and baked desserts, to name a few. We’ve even heard this icing is pretty darn good all on its own. Needless to say, we won’t judge you for eating it right out of the bowl.
by: TBSP Kitchens
Updated Jul 2, 2019
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  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk


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    Mix powdered sugar, vanilla and milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until spreadable (mixture will thicken slightly as it sets).

Expert Tips

  • tip 1
    Now that you’ve passed How to Make Icing 101, you’re more than ready for our healthy(ish) icing recipe made with creamy Greek yogurt.
  • tip 2
    Transform this powdered sugar glaze by adding a little coconut, almond or any of your other favorite flavored extracts.
  • tip 3
    For a richer icing, add a tablespoon of butter extract to the glaze. The buttery flavor will taste especially great with butter-based desserts.
  • tip 4
    To prevent the icing from running, make sure your dessert is completely cool before adding the powdered sugar frosting.
  • tip 5
    Store any unused frosting in an airtight container; refrigerate and use within five days. Before reusing, bring icing to room temp and give it a good stir.

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More About This Recipe

  • This frosting recipe is so simple. Just powdered sugar, vanilla and a little milk is all you need to make a homemade icing. You can substitute coconut milk or almond milk if you want a non-dairy version; a little orange juice would work, too. It’s a pretty foolproof formula! And you can adjust the amount of liquid depending on what consistency you want: a little more will give you a thinner glaze; a little less will give you a more spreadable texture. This is the perfect icing for cinnamon rolls, donuts, cake, holiday baking, you name it—any dessert recipe where you want a simple, straightforward icing to sweeten things up a little.
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