Combine sugar with water to achieve the desired consistency in a small bowl. Add vanilla extract or orange juice (or lemon or lime juice).
To tint the glaze: Place small quantities in several small bowls. Add a little food coloring to each bowl and mix well. (Paste food colors give the most vivid results.) Allow glazed cookies to dry completely before packaging or storing.
Per teaspoon: 10 calories; 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat, 0 g mono unsaturated fat); 0 mg cholesterol; 2 g carbohydrates; 0 g protein; 0 g fiber; 0 mg sodium; 0 mg potassium
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This basic cookie glaze can be tinted in small batches if desired. .