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This vanilla glaze is simple and works for donuts, cookies, cakes and more! It takes just 2 minutes to whip up.

Vanilla Glaze

Here’s a quick and easy recipe for drizzling and glazing: this simple Vanilla Icing! It takes just 2 minutes to whisk together this rich, sweet drizzle, and it’s totally versatile! Drizzle on cookies, donuts, cakes: anything that needs a little sparkle. This is our go-to icing for when we want to add pizzazz to baked goods, and it comes together in a flash. Here’s how it’s done!

Ingredients for vanilla glaze

This vanilla glaze comes together in a flash and only requires 3 ingredients, plus water. It sets up nicely for use with cookies, donuts, Bundt cakes, pound cakes, and even cinnamon rolls. Here’s what you’ll need (see the recipe below for quantities):

  • Powdered sugar
  • Heavy cream: cream has a rich flavor that sets up well in a glaze
  • Vanilla extract
  • Water

Looking for other flavors? Try our Cream Cheese Glaze or Vanilla Glaze!

Vanilla Glaze

Whisk and adjust liquid as needed

The main thing to note about this vanilla glaze? Add additional liquid as necessary until the glaze comes to the desired consistency. Here’s what to know:

  • Gradually add the water. The liquid quantity specified below should create a smooth, glossy texture to the vanilla glaze. Add the water gradually to make sure it comes to a thick yet drizzlable texture.
  • Add more a hint more water as necessary. If it’s not yet to the correct consistency, add liquid a teaspoon at a time until the desired texture is reached.
Vanilla Glaze

Ways to use vanilla glaze

The best ways to use this vanilla glaze? Let us count them! We love using this one for baked donuts: in fact, we created it for our son’s donut themed birthday party. But there are so many other ways! Here are a few top ways to use it:

More vanilla recipes

Are you a vanilla fan? Here are a few more recipes starring this aromatic extract:

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Vanilla glaze

Vanilla Glaze

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: ½ cup glaze 1x


This vanilla glaze is simple and works for donuts, cookies, cakes and more! It takes just 2 minutes to whip up.


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • ½ tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon water


  1. In a medium bowl, slowly whisk the powdered sugar, cream and vanilla. Gradually add the water to make a smooth, pourable glaze. If the glaze is too sticky, add a teaspoon more water until it comes to a smooth, thick consistency. Use for dipping donuts, or drizzle with a fork across cookies, muffins or cake (makes enough for at least 12 donuts).
  • Category: Essentials
  • Method: Glaze
  • Cuisine: Dessert
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Vanilla glaze

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you’ll want to make again and again.

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  1. Hello! I plan on making your homemade donuts for my daughter’s 6th birthday next weekend. She is so excited! For your vanilla glaze, could I do strawberry extract instead and add fod color? Would you recommend the same amount of strawberry versus vanilla?