The best chocolate frosting recipes in 7 different variations! Delicious, smooth, shiny!

Christmas cookies should not only be tasty, but also beautiful to look at.

Various decorations, sprinkles or glazes are used for this, with which we can make it special.

Get inspired by our chocolate cake frosting recipes.

Which one will become your favorite?

Mirror chocolate coating not only for sweets

This glaze shines like a mirror on larger surfaces. Hence its name.


  • 2/3 cup + 2 and 1/2 tbsp water
  • 2/3 cup whipping cream
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 4 teaspoons of powdered gelatin


  1. Place two and a half tablespoons of water in a small bowl.
  2. Sprinkle gelatin and mix thoroughly.
  3. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  4. Place the cocoa and water in a medium saucepan and stir until all the cocoa lumps have dissolved.
  5. Add a little whipped cream to the cocoa mixture and stir.
  6. Add the remaining cream and sugar and continue to mix gently to combine the ingredients well.
  7. Then put this mixture on the stove and start heating slowly.
  8. Once the mixture starts to boil, remove it from the heat.
  9. Add the gelatine and stir gently until it dissolves and forms a smooth, glossy glaze.
Mirror chocolate glaze.

You can also use chocolate frosting on cookies to decorate other desserts, especially chocolate cakes

Quick chocolate frosting for cookies

A very simple but delicious frosting that you can use on a variety of Christmas pastries.


  • 60 g of high-percentage dark chocolate
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons of milk


  1. First melt the chocolate, broken into smaller pieces, in a quarter cup of butter.
  2. Next, mix powdered sugar, milk and chocolate in a bowl and mix until smooth.
  3. Decorate the candy to your liking.
Icing made of chocolate, butter, milk and sugar.

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Delicious dark chocolate glaze

An easy but very tasty frosting with just four ingredients. In addition to its great taste, it is also very easy to work with.


  • 60 g of high-percentage dark chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of boiling water


  1. Combine the butter and chocolate in a saucepan over low heat and stir until melted. Another option is to put the chocolate and butter in a microwave-safe bowl and heat them in the microwave on medium for about 1 minute.
  2. Stir and continue to heat for about 15 seconds.
  3. Sift the icing sugar into a small bowl.
  4. Mix the sifted icing sugar into the melted butter and chocolate.
  5. Then add small amounts of boiling water, stirring constantly, until the frosting is thinned as needed. If it seems too thin, add a little more powdered sugar. If it is too thick, add more hot water.
  6. Then decorate the cookies with the chocolate coating to your liking.
Delicious dark chocolate glaze.

A simple topping made from chocolate cookies

Don’t want to mess around with chocolate? Use chocolate chips to prepare the topping.


  • 1 cup chocolate chip cookies
  • 2/3 cup whipping cream
  • pinch of salt


  1. Place the chocolate chips in a medium bowl.
  2. Bring the cream to a boil with a pinch of salt.
  3. Pour this hot mixture over the chocolate.
  4. Wait about 60 seconds for the chocolate to soften, then stir until the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is smooth.
  5. Allow to thicken slightly and then cool slightly.
Icing from chocolate cookies.

Chocolate glaze with vanilla

The taste of chocolate frosting is very often made special with vanilla. See for yourself with this recipe.


  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons of boiling water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract


  1. Place the sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla extract and water in a saucepan.
  2. Heat slowly, stirring constantly, until a homogeneous mixture is formed.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
Chocolate glaze with vanilla.

Not just the chocolate frostings on the cookies, but also the cookies themselves. Get inspired by our recipes for Christmas chocolate cookies .

Chocolate coating made from cocoa

You don’t necessarily have to use chocolate to make a delicious frosting. All you need is good quality cocoa powder!


  • 2 tbsp melted butter or oil
  • 3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 tbsp hot water
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Mix until a consistent smooth mass is formed.
  3. Add more hot water if needed and wait a while.
  4. As the frosting cools, it will begin to thicken.
  5. Then decorate the candy to your liking.
Cocoa frosting on Christmas cookies.

Soft glaze with chocolate

A rich, shiny and fragrant icing that can be used not only to decorate cookies, but also cakes.


  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 100 g dark or milk chocolate
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract


  1. Pour the whipped cream into a small saucepan and start heating it on a medium-low heat.
  2. Add the chocolate pieces and mix thoroughly.
  3. Add corn syrup and vanilla while stirring constantly.
  4. Mix until the mixture is shiny and smooth.
  5. Allow the frosting to cool slightly and you can start decorating.
Soft glaze with chocolate.

Royal Chocolate Glaze

Worried that your frosting won’t thicken? Add gelatin to it!


  • 2/3 cup + 4 and 1/2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 5 tbsp of water
  • 10 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons whipping cream
  • 8 g of powdered gelatin


  1. Soak the gelatin in cold water for 10 minutes.
  2. Heat the whipping cream over low heat and set aside.
  3. Pour water and sugar into a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  4. Once the sugar mixture starts to boil, pour it over the sifted cocoa powder and mix gently.
  5. Add the drained gelatin and mix with a hand mixer.
  6. Then add the hot whipping cream and mix again.
  7. Then blend the mixture again with a hand mixer.
  8. Let the frosting cool slightly before using.
Chocolate royal icing.

Sweet white chocolate frosting

Chocolate frosting doesn’t always have to be just brown. Prepare it in white form!


  • 1/2 cup chopped white chocolate
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar


  1. Place the white chocolate pieces and milk in a saucepan and heat over a low heat.
  2. Stirring constantly, let the white chocolate pieces melt.
  3. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the powdered sugar.
  4. Mix until the frosting is smooth
White frosting for Christmas pastries.

Some final tips and tricks

The basis of a good chocolate coating for cookies is high-quality chocolate or unsweetened cocoa powder. It might surprise you, but the popular cooking chocolate is not quite suitable for making glazes. It is much better to use high percentage dark chocolate.

Most often, chocolate is melted in hot whipping cream. The key to success is slow but consistent mixing. If you want, you can melt the chocolate beforehand in a water bath. This means bringing a pot of water to the boil, placing a bowl of chocolate on it and stirring slowly. If it happens that the frosting curdles, for example, due to cold cream, just whip a piece of butter into it over a water bath.

You can use chocolate frosting for cookies in different ways. The easiest way is to partially soak the candy in them. But you can also use decorations and create interesting drawings. In this case, it is better to put the pastry on a wire rack and place baking paper under it before decorating. It will make it easier for you to clean up afterwards.

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