As messy as it is, I don’t know many people who don’t love powdered sugar, and these 10 powdered sugar recipes are some of the best of the best.
These are the sweet treats that taste so good, no one cares if they walk away from the table with white dust covering their hands, face, and clothes.
From Amish sugar cookies to Mexican wedding cookies, there are many exceptional recipes on here to get you excited.
First, though, let’s start with a bit of a refresher on how to make powdered sugar at home.
Knowing how to make your own can be beneficial if you run out at a crucial moment and need to make some quickly instead of stopping everything and running to the store.
1. How to Make Powdered Sugar
Making powdered sugar is the easiest thing in the world. All you’ll need is some cornstarch and granulated sugar.
Put them both in a high-speed blender and blend until it gets fluffy!
You can store it in an air-tight container, and it will pretty much last forever.
If it starts getting lumpy, just sift it before you use it. It’s still good.
2. Amish Sugar Cookies
Amish sugar cookies take 20 minutes to make and require fewer than ten very common ingredients.
Seriously, the most “unique” ingredient on the list is cream of tartar, and you can find it for a few bucks on the spice aisle at Walmart.
These cookies are so yummy. They have crispy edges and soft, chewy centers. The sugar on top gives them a delightful sparkle, as well.
You can even use colored sugar to tailor these to Christmas, Halloween, or other holiday parties. They’re so simple but so versatile.
3. Shortbread Cookies
If you have some butter, powdered sugar, salt, flour, and vanilla extract at your house, you can make four dozen of these fantastic shortbread cookies in under an hour.
They’re crunchy and full of buttery goodness, and they’ll practically melt in your mouth with every bite. They also make perfect holiday cookies.
Make a few dozen, pack them in a pretty tin, and give friends and relatives a gift they can’t – and won’t want to – refuse.
4. Mexican Wedding Cookies
I love these lovely Mexican wedding cookies because they’re so pretty and fun.
Of course, you’ll probably look a little less pretty after eating them and spilling powdered sugar all over your face, hands, and clothes, but that won’t make the cookies any less appetizing!
Furthermore, they taste phenomenal.
They have a slightly nutty flavor, thanks to the almonds, but the powdered sugar and vanilla extract also give them an incredible sweetness.
They have a nice, crunchy texture and leave you with that cool, refreshing feeling in your mouth after eating them.
5. Lemon Drop Cookies
Lemon drop cookies have the same soft, melt-in-your-mouth consistency as sugar cookies.
However, they’re covered in a tart, zesty icing made from lemon zest, lemon juice, and powdered sugar.
The icing gives them a unique flavor that’s not quite sour but not entirely sweet either.
If you’re already a fan of lemon desserts, then you know precisely the flavor I mean.
The icing hardens a bit, too, and gives the chewy cookies a bit of crunch, which is a nice contrast.
6. Powdered Sugar Glaze
Whether you want to use it on bread, donuts, strudel, cakes, or something else entirely, homemade powdered sugar glaze is the stuff.
It’s one of those things that you don’t eat by itself, and you don’t need it all that often, but everyone should know how to make it, anyway.
Luckily, it’s super easy and takes only 10 minutes to whip up. Plus, you’ll only need three ingredients – flavored extract, powdered sugar, and heavy cream.
Also, when I said it’s one of those things “you don’t eat by itself,” that doesn’t mean you can’t.
As I’ve said before, there’s no judgment here. It’s incredibly delicious, so if you want to eat it with a spoon, eat it with a spoon and enjoy it!
7. Puppy Chow
Between this sweet treat’s two names – puppy chow and muddy buddies – you may be thinking about giving it a pass.
It doesn’t sound very appealing, at least not for humans.
Actually, though, it’s pretty good, and it’s a massive hit with the kiddos. (Who am I kidding? It’s a massive hit with everyone.)
It’s really easy to make, too, taking less than 10 minutes most of the time.
Just dip some Chex Mix in melted peanut butter and chocolate, then let them dry.
After they’re dry, drop them into a bag of powdered sugar and shake them until they’re all good and dusted.
It’s a fast, simple, and delicious recipe.
8. Almond Crescent Cookies
When I was little, my grandmother used to make these cookies all the time. We used to call them “moon cookies.”
The name stuck, at least for me. They take a little work to make, mostly in shaping the dough, but they’re wonderful cookies that everyone loves.
They’re sweet and nutty, with just a hint of cinnamon. It doesn’t get much better than that.
9. Eskimo Cookies
If you’ve heard me say it once, you’ve heard me say it a thousand times: I adore no-bake recipes!
Don’t get me wrong; I love cooking, but sometimes it’s nice to just pull something simple together without having to heat up the kitchen or do any super hard work.
All you’ll do to make these cookies is measure, mix, shape, and refrigerate.
Plus, between the sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and oats, they have such a sweet, one-of-a-kind taste.
They’re a bit messy, but their yumminess makes up for that.
10. Sugar Cookie Bars
Imagine sugar cookies; only they’re nearly doubled in thickness. Now imagine them topped with rich vanilla frosting and sprinkles.
Sounds like a sugar rush waiting to happen, right?
They are, but they’re also spectacularly good, so what’s a little sugar high in exchange for total taste bud bliss?
These are also great for parties because you can buy colored sprinkles to match the current season or holiday.
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