To make a basic powdered sugar glaze, add 2 cups powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons softened butter or margarine, 3 to 4 tablespoons milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla to a medium bowl. Mix all ingredients until smooth, adding milk until you achieve your desired consistency.
This powdered sugar glaze recipe makes 12 servings and takes approximately 10 minutes to prepare. If desired, substitute half-and-half for the milk, and use the resulting glaze on pastries, cakes, cookies, bars or any other dessert. For an orange glaze, use orange juice instead of milk, and add 1 teaspoon grated orange peel to the ingredients. For a chocolate glaze, add two envelopes of pre-melted, unsweetened chocolate or 2 ounces melted unsweetened baking chocolate to the recipe.
Make a spiced glaze by adding 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon to the recipe, or make a lemon glaze by substituting the milk with 2 tablespoons lemon juice and adding 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel to the glaze. Another variation is a coffee glaze made by mixing 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules into 2 or 3 tablespoons of hot water and using it in place of the milk. Each serving of powdered sugar glaze has 100 calories and 2 grams of fat.