Buttercream Frosting for Cookies

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5 from 2 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes

This Buttercream Frosting for cookies is creamy and fluffy. This sugar cookie icing is so much tastier than royal icing yet so easy to make.

Buttercream frosting for cookies in a bowl with a wooden spoon

This Buttercream Frosting for cookies recipe is easy to make, requires only a few ingredients and make the best topping for cookies like this Frosted Sugar Cookie Recipe.

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This recipe is a true keeper that you will reach for again and again. It is the best buttercream frosting for your cookies.

  • 5 minutes of prep: It takes only a few minutes.
  • Easy Ingredients: Only 5 ingredients or 6 with the coloring.
  • Family Friendly: Kids love to help decorate with this frosting.
  • Adaptable: Can make different variations or flavors.

What You Need to Make Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Ingredients

ingredients for buttercream frosting for cookies

Equipment

How to Make Buttercream Frosting – Step by Step

Mixing sugar cookie buttercream frosting in a bowl
  • Mix: First, with an electric mixer beat butter until light and fluffy. Add in powdered sugar and heavy cream a little at a time alternating and mixing between additions. Continue adding and mixing until all the powdered sugar and cream has been added Next, add in vanilla and salt and mix until well incorporated.
  • Color: Finally, add food coloring and mix.

Common Questions About Buttercream Frosting for Cookies

TECHNIQUES FOR STORE BUTTERCREAM FROSTING?

The frosting can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for about a week. On any iced cookie they can sit out at room temperature for up to three days if well covered or in an airtight container.

HOW DO YOU APPLY FROSTING TO COOKIES?

There are several ways to apply this icing, for example:
>An offset spatula, spread the icing on cookies, this is great for cookies that are going to be one color
>Icing bags, you can use decorating icing tips and bags to create lavish designs. Wilson has some great techniques here.

RECIPE BE FROZEN?

This buttercream frosting can be frozen for several months. When you are ready to use, thaw in the fridge for about 24 fours and then allow to sit out at room temperature for about a half hour and then whip with a mixer to make it soft and pliable.

BEST WAY TO STORE ICED COOKIES?

Again an airtight bag or container is the best way, once a crust has formed they are safest.

COLORING?

Of course the best way to make different colors is to make one batch of icing and then transfer some of the frosting to different bows and color each to the desired hue.

Christmas cookie icing on sugar cookies.
  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: Having a cookie decorating party or making cookies for a crowd? Truly you can just increase the recipe for as many as you need and freeze any leftovers.
  • Change up the flavor:Replace the vanilla with, peppermint, almond or buttercream extract to make it different.
  • Too thick: If frosting is too thick, add a few drops of milk or cream and whip to make a little thinner.
  • Variation tip: Feel free to add as many tips as you need in this section
  • Decorate: Use sprinkles or cookie toppers to make the cookies even cutter.

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5 from 2 votes

Buttercream Frosting for Cookies

Yield: 40 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Buttercream Frosting for Cookies is the best way to ice your cookies. It is rich, creamy, sweet and decadent. So much tastier than royal icing yet so easy to make.
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Ingredients

  • ½ Cup Unsalted Butter – Softened
  • ½ tsp Vanilla
  • 6 Tbsp. Heavy Cream
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 4 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • Gel Food Coloring

Instructions

  • With an electric mixer beat butter until light and fluffy. Add in powdered sugar and heavy cream a little at a time alternating and mixing between additions. Continue adding and mixing until all the powdered sugar and cream has been added. Add in vanilla and salt and mix until well incorporated.
  • Add food coloring if desired and mix, add additional food coloring until desired color is reached. You can also separate the frosting into smaller bowls to color separately if you want more than one color of frosting.

Expert Tips

 
  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: Having a cookie decorating party or making cookies for a crowd? Truly you can just increase the recipe for as many as you need and freeze any leftovers.
  • Change up the flavor:Replace the vanilla with, peppermint, almond or buttercream extract to make it different.
  • Too thick: If frosting is too thick, add a few drops of milk or cream and whip to make a little thinner.
  • Variation tip: Feel free to add as many tips as you need in this section
  • Decorate: Use sprinkles or cookie toppers to make the cookies even cutter.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 75kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 16mg | Potassium: 3mg | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 103IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: buttercream, cookies, frosting, Icing

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