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sugar cookie buttercream frosting

(4 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Jenni K
Hermantown, MN

This is by far the best frosting I've ever used on my sugar cookies for the holidays. So easy and the frosting is always the star!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

If you are team buttercream frosting for your holiday cookies, this is a recipe to keep. It's sweet, perfectly creamy, and holds its shape when piped. We love the addition of almond extract and vanilla extract. They add a rich flavor to the buttercream. The trick to a good buttercream is to blend it well. We used a stand mixer with a paddle attachment and blended the butter for about 5 minutes. Then, once all the powdered sugar was added, we blended it for 5 more minutes. Tint with your favorite colors and have fun frosting sugar cookies.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(4 ratings)
yield serving(s)
prep time 15 Min
method Blend

Ingredients For sugar cookie buttercream frosting

  • 2 c
    butter, softened (no substitutions)
  • 1 Tbsp
    vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp
    almond extract
  • 6 c
    powdered sugar (approximately)
  • food coloring (optional)

How To Make sugar cookie buttercream frosting

  • Butter and extracts in a mixer.
    Beat together the butter and extracts.
  • Slowly add powdered sugar.
    Start adding the powdered sugar a little at a time, beating after each addition.
  • Desired frosting texture.
    Beat until you get the desired texture. If you add too much sugar, a little milk can be added.
  • Tinting the frosting.
    If desired, add food coloring and blend well. Split frosting into different bowls to make a variety of colors or keep it a clean white.
  • Buttercream frosting in piping bags.
    Apply how you would like to, either with a spatula or a piping bag. If you don't have a piping bag but would like the effect, clip a small corner off of a Ziploc bag to use as a piping bag. Don't use generic bags for this, though, as it may burst open at the seam.