Cream Cheese Glaze for Cookies

Make this amazing Cream Cheese Glaze for Cookies instead of royal icing! Easy to prepare, perfect for holiday cookies that are simply beautiful!

Make this amazing Cream Cheese Glaze for Cookies instead of royal icing! Easy to prepare, perfect for holiday cookies.

I am at it again, attempting to perfect royal icing cookies.  This time I tried a new recipe that has cream cheese in it and it is much tastier than the original recipe I was using in my first few attempts.  I also found a great tutorial on How to Marble Royal Icing by Sweetopia.

I used my normal cookie recipe to make these cream cheese glaze cookies and made about 18, 3-inch cookies from one batch.  I used a wooden skewer to drag the icing.  This method can be utilized for any holiday or special occasion, just remember to practice practice practice!

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Cream Cheese Glaze for Cookies

Cream Cheese Glaze for Cookies


  • 1 batch of cookies cut and baked to desired shape
  • 2 OZ cream cheese
  • 2 T corn syrup
  • 4 1/2 c powdered sugar
  • 1 T vanilla bean or vanilla extract
  • 3/4 C milk
  • Gel food coloring


  1. Cream the cream cheese, corn syrup and vanilla together.
  2. Slowly add 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar, or a little more, and then add the milk a little at a time until it is the right consistency (this should be a little bit thicker than pancake batter to use Sweetopia's method. You may not need to use all the milk or you may need more. Aim for thicker than necessary, so you can color it and then thin it with a little more milk if necessary.
  3. Let cookies dry until set (8-12 hours depending on humidity).

Make this amazing Cream Cheese Glaze for Cookies instead of royal icing! Easy to prepare, perfect for holiday cookies.


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  1. Just wondering if the T stands for tablespoons or teaspoons in this recipe? Thanks!

  2. Very pretty cookies! Nice job.

  3. Wow, these are gorgeous looking cookies! They caught my eye over at the Creativity Unleashed Party. The icing designs look very difficult even with the use of a wooden skewer. Do you have any tips on how I might be able to make mine as pretty?

  4. G’day! I LOVE your cookies and picked them as my Host Fave! GREAT photos!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Viewed as part of the Foodie Friends Friday Valentine’s Day Party!
    Cheers! Joanne

  5. Beautifully decorated cookies! Just beautiful!

  6. Beautiful cookies! Thanks for sharing at Foodie Friends Friday!

  7. Your decorating is amazing..Thanks for sharing these on Foodie Friends Friday Valentine’s Party and I hope you will join us for our Snack Food theme party this week.

  8. Ooh yum, that frosting sounds amazing! And those cookies are so pretty! Pinning, and I featured this today on my blog!

  9. Micaela says:

    How am I just now seeing this?! Where am I, Bevin?! I’m too old for the internets… Lol
    Super cute cookies! 🙂

  10. They are beautiful! Dropping by from Sweethearts Linky Party

  11. Tanisha A BUTLER says:

    Do these dry hard? Could u add meringue powder so they dry hard like royal icing?

    • Yes they do dry hard, they are kind of a cream cheese version of royal icing. I prefer the flavor of these to the ones with meringue powder. Here is my original recipe using meringue powder Royal Icing. I feel like the cream cheese is a little bit more delicate for sure though.

  12. Can you freeze these sugar cookies with this icing ?

  13. I am pretty late to the party, but I am wondering if these need to be refrigerated due to the cream cheese in the glaze? I.HATE.ROYAL.ICING. but I LOVE how it looks! I have been considering doing the base color on my cookie using a corn syrup glaze, and then do the detail with RI. Do you think that would work?

    All my best,


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