Strawberry Glaze adds a pop of color and flavor to baked treats like cookies, cakes and muffins. The scrumptious mixture has just the right amount of sweetness, and includes tiny bits of fresh berries for extra fruit flavor.
This cookie icing recipe is super simple to make with just 4 ingredients, and it makes enough to decorate a dozen 2-inch cookies. Well, if you don’t sneak a few bites first!
Perfect for decorating Valentine desserts or other holiday cookies, this simple and sweet strawberry icing is packed with real fruit flavor!
Make a fresh batch in just 15 minutes, or double the recipe and save some for later.
Baking with strawberries can be a bit tricky, but there’s one surefire easy way to add that fresh berry flavor to all of your baked goods!
Simply simmer chopped berries in homemade simple syrup, then stir in some powdered sugar and vanilla. I dare you not to lick this delightfully sweet topping right off of the spoon!
Different Ways to Use Strawberry Icing
This decorating icing recipe is perfect for cookies, but don’t stop there! Add a touch of pink, fresh berry sweetness to a variety of desserts.
- Muffins – Wait until the muffins have fully cooled, otherwise the glaze will soak right into the domed tops.
- Rice Krispie Treats – The next time you make krispie treats, pour cooled glaze icing over the top! Spread it out to each corner of the pan and let it set before cutting your squares.
- Donuts – Follow this easy air fried donuts recipe, but swap the cinnamon sugar coating for some of this strawberry glaze!
- Bundt Cake – I recommend making a double batch for a full-size bundt cake.
- Scones – This glaze would be delicious on vanilla, fruit, or sour cream scones.
- Waffles – Skip the homemade pancake syrup and fill each crevice with this topping instead!
Kitchen Tools You Will Need
- Saucepan – Use this to make a quick strawberry simple syrup as the base for this glaze recipe.
- Mixing Bowls – I like to have a variety of sizes on hand, and this set has them all.
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Strawberry Glaze FAQ
All you need to make this strawberry glaze are liquid, fresh strawberries, and powdered sugar! A little vanilla extract makes the topping extra sweet, and the warm vanilla flavor pairs perfectly with the fruit.
Some recipes use milk for the liquid, but I like to make mine with a small batch of simple syrup. Not only does the berry flavor come through stronger when simmered in the sugar water, but the finished cookie glaze is safe at room temperature without the dairy.
You just need more sugar! Stir extra powdered sugar into the glaze icing (a tablespoon or so at a time) until it thickens up. It should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, but thin enough to still run easily off of the side.
If the mixture becomes too thick, add a few drops of water or lemon juice to thin it back out.
Glaze and icing are terms that are often used interchangeably in recipes. Both are poured or spooned over desserts rather than spread like frosting.
If you want to get extra specific, icings tend to have more sugar — this causes them to set quickly and dry firm. Glazes also set over time, but they tend to remain soft and gel-like under the crust.
This icing recipe combines the best of both worlds! The topping is thick enough to use on cookies, but thin enough to drizzle over other desserts as well.
Prep Ahead Instructions
Have your fresh strawberries chopped and ready to go before starting this cookie icing recipe — it comes together quickly! Once prepared, you can use your strawberry icing immediately or store it for later.
How to Store Glaze Icing
If you want to prepare a big batch of strawberry cookie glaze — or if you’re just knee-deep in holiday baking — you can safely store the mixture in a jar or airtight container.
Keep at room temperature for 2 to 3 days or refrigerate for up to a week.
The mixture thickens when it’s chilled, so bring it back to room temperature and give it a good stir before using it.
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Strawberry Glaze (Cookie Icing)
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons white granulated sugar
- ⅓ cup chopped strawberries
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- To a small saucepan over medium heat, add water and sugar, and stir to combine.
- Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 3-4 minutes, until the sugar dissolves.
- Mash strawberries in a small bowl, then add them to the sugar syrup. Simmer on low for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove pan from the heat and let the sauce cool.
- Add the vanilla extract and powdered sugar to a medium-sized bowl. Pour the cooled strawberry sauce into the bowl and stir until well combined.
- Adjusting the consistency. If the strawberry glaze is too thick, stir in a few drops of water or lemon juice. If the glaze is too thin, stir in more powdered sugar (a tablespoon or so at a time) until you reach your desired consistency.
- Nutrition shown is for 1/12th of the entire batch of glaze.
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.
Originally published May 2022.
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