Looking for a cookie icing recipe. Glossy, hard, opaque, white & tasty. NOT royal icing. Help?

Many years ago I had (& have since lost) an icing recipe that I used on gingersnaps. Might have been cooked. It was glossy, hard, crispy, opaque, very white, and tasted good. NOT royal icing. It was very thin (but remained opaque), and not "dusty" tasting, as I find royal icing to be. Something akin to the "Mother's" one pictured. Loved the shininess it had when dry, and the crisp and hard 'snap' texture you got when biting into the icing on cookies. Really kind of a glaze. I'd love any thoughts. Thanks!

Tamara Berg
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PieceOfLayerCake April 27, 2017
When i make soft glazed gingerbread I use what's called a thread icing. It's just 1 ½ c. sugar and 1 c. water cooked to 225F and then cooled to 180F. Brush that over cooled cookies and it becomes a thin crystalline glaze. Reminds me very much of these cookies.
Wendy April 27, 2017
I have the perfect icing recipe and bonus, it is vegan and so simple to make. It is also super adaptable to different applications such as drizzling, painting or piping.
2 cups Confectioner's Sugar (I am Canadian, we call it icing sugar)
1 1/2 - 2 Tablespoons Almond or Coconut Milk
1Tablespoon Agave Syrup
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla or other flavouring

Just sift the sugar, add the rest and beat a couple of minutes until smooth and glossy.
The magic ingredient is the agave syrup, it gives the frosting a silky, fondant feel, hardens but stays glossy.
Just add a little more almond milk to make it thinner.

Bevi April 26, 2017
Cooks Illustrated has a fabulous cream cheese and confectioners sugar glaze. https://www.cooksillustrated.com/recipes/1681-foolproof-holiday-cookies You can flavor it with powdered ginger, cinnamon, and other spices to get adventurous.
Smaug April 26, 2017
A simple confectioner's sugar icing (sugar+enough liquid- water, lime juice, whatever, to make it brushable) brushed on warm cookies will produce something of the sort,but I wouldn't really describe it as hard- maybe if you left it a few weeks.
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