need to glaze cookies that will be help at a cold temp. cookies are translucent when glazed, if refrigerated, they become chalky and opauque looking for ideas on how to keep the glaze clear- glaze formula powdered sugar - 100% water - 24% thanks!

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I believe you can combine 1 part water to 3 parts sugar in a saucepan and heat until the sugar dissolves and the liquid is clear. Allow it to cool to just above room temperature before applying to your cookies. It will harden when cool and be translucent.

Food.com has a recipe and directions here: http://www.food.com/recipe/simple-cookie-glaze-345260

  • Lisa, this is an interesting idea. Have you tried it? Looking at the numbers, I would expect there to not be enough water to dissolve all the sugar well. Also, if you are basically making hard candy, isn't it too hard to bite off?
    – rumtscho
    Aug 24, 2016 at 20:40
  • @rumtscho to make hard candy you would have to cook the mixture to at least soft crack stage 270°F/132°C the sugar will be dissolved before it gets this hot.
    – Debbie M.
    Aug 24, 2016 at 21:21
  • @DebbieM. Sure, the water will dissolve more sugar after it's heated, but you need to mix them when at least one of the substances is still room temperature. This is certainly more difficult than the traditional method of starting with unsaturated syrup and cooking out some water, and I suspect it is even more difficult than starting caramel with dry sugar (which is prone to irregular heating and sometimes burns or crystalizes). So I was asking if my hunch is correct (that it makes it fiddly) or if Lisa tried it and it went smoothly.
    – rumtscho
    Aug 25, 2016 at 9:49
  • I tried cooking the glaze, that was my first try. It actually made it worse. Looks like using a thinner glaze may work. Also- testing a powdered sugar that does not have cornstarch added as an anti caking agent.
    – clevalley
    Aug 25, 2016 at 23:55
  • this is for high volume production BTW
    – clevalley
    Aug 25, 2016 at 23:56

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