Glazes

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Christmas is right around the corner and if you're like me you'll be turning out baked goods left and right.

I love glazes because they are so simple to make yet can take any baked good to the next level. Want to impress friends? Add a glaze. Coverup something ugly? Add a glaze. :)

I’ve put them on just about everything, including but not limited to: cakes, muffins, loafs, pies, donuts, cookies and croissants. These are some of my fave recipes.

VANILLA GLAZE

Elevate any baked good with a classic, vanilla glaze. Especially delicious on oatmeal cookies!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp soy milk/milk alternative of choice
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Combine ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until smooth.
  2. Let stand for 5-8 minutes to thicken.
  3. Give the glaze a stir before pouring it over the baked item.

MAPLE GLAZE

One of my favorites. Maybe because I’m Canadian and maple syrup runs through my veins. This glaze is especially great in autumn as it is excellent with pumpkin.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Directions

  1. Mix butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract and cinnamon in small saucepan over low heat. Once melted together, pull of heat and slowly add in powdered sugar. Whisk until well combined.
  2. Allow the mixture to cool and thicken, about 8 minutes.
  3. Give the glaze a stir before pouring it over the baked good.

BUTTERSCOTCH (BROWN SUGAR) GLAZE

Hi, my name is Shalan and I am additcted to butterscotch. This one is seriously dangerous for me to have around as I will end up eating all the glaze before anything has been glazed. Fo' real! It's just that good. Put it on anything and everything.

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp almond milk/milk alternative of choice
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tbsp vegan butter substitute
  • 1/2 tbsp-1 tbsp honey (optional), depending how sweet you like it

Directions

  1. Whisk together milk, sugar, butter, and honey (optional) in small saucepan. Bring to boil.
  2. Boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly to avoid burning.
  3. Remove from heat and let sit 5 minutes. Give the glaze a stir before pouring it over the baked item.

ESPRESSO GLAZE

Personally I’m not a coffee drinker, but I made this glaze on a cake for my brother—a well-known coffee fanatic. Recommended on anything and everything chocolate!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 2 oz freshly brewed espresso, cooled
  • 1 tsp milk alternative of choice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Whisk ingredients together until smooth. If the mixture is too thick, add a little milk. If it’s too thin, add a little more powdered sugar.

LEMON GLAZE

Mix it up by adding a little citrus tang to your bakery items! There’s something fresh and light about adding lemons to things. This glaze is especially great on Lemon Poppyseed Muffins.

Ingredients

For Glaze:

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

For Sprinkling (optional):

  • 1/2 tsp of lemon zest, freshly grated
  • Coarse sugar

Directions

  1. In a small pot over medium-low heat, simmer lemon juice and sugar for roughly 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until mixture becomes a syrup.
  2. Drizzle over cooled baked item then lightly sprinkle with lemon zest and coarse sugar while glaze is still wet.