Sugar Cookie Buttercream Frosting

LAST UPDATED: May 27, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Feb 08, 2015 | By: Julie Blanner

Three ingredient Sugar Cookie Buttercream Frosting that is melt-in-your-mouth amazing! Top your favorite sugar cookies with this incredible classic Sugar Cookie Frosting. Perfect for the holidays this frosting is quick and easy to make.

A sugar cookie with buttercream frosting and sprinkles

It’s no secret that I’m not fond of royal icing. While it’s beautiful, it just doesn’t taste like a treat to me. If I’m going to “spend” the calories, my cookie has to be worth every one. 

Buttercream icing is my favorite way to top the traditional sugar cookie. With a great recipe, and a couple simple tips, they can be almost as beautiful as royal iced ones, but much tastier.

This Sugar Cookie Frosting is lush, light and fluffy, much like my melt-in-your-mouth Sugar Cookies and Sugar Cookie Bars. It doesn’t harden, so you get a soft bite, every time unlike my cutout sugar cookie icing that makes them stackable.

Yes, I know you can buy ready made frosting from the store, but homemade is so much better and it takes just minutes to make. It’s so rich and creamy and doesn’t have the artificial taste to it that you can get with store bought frosting.

This incredible buttercream frosting uses pantry staple ingredients, so you can easily whip up a batch whenever you need!

When it comes to icing sugar cookies, buttercream wins over royal icing every single time for me! The royal iced cookies are so very pretty and festive, but for me it has got to be about the taste, and that’s where buttercream comes in!

It’s sweet, rich and buttery, and quite honestly, who wouldn’t want that on their cookie?!

Add More Flavor To Your Buttercream Frosting

This 3 ingredient frosting recipe really is just perfect by itself, but if you want to, you can add a few drops of flavoring to amp it up even more. Vanilla is a classic option, or why not try a few drops of peppermint for a real festive treat! I know this seems like a lot, but it doesn’t amount to as much as you’d think and you don’t want to skimp on these cookies. Go ahead, go all out. You deserve it!

To Make Sugar Cookie Buttercream Frosting, You Will Need:

You need just three ingredients to make this soft frosting.

  • Softened Butter – Salted or unsalted.
  • Powdered Sugar – Also known as confectioners’ sugar
  • Milk

How to Make Sugar Cookie Buttercream Frosting

It only takes 5 minutes to whip up a batch of this tasty frosting!

  1. Beat butter until smooth.
  2. Gradually add powdered sugar, followed by milk.

More Ways to Enjoy

This buttercream frosting obviously works really well with sugar cookies, but you can also use it on cakes, bars and other cookies. Try it with:

A buttercream frosted sugar cooking on a baking sheet

Tips 

  • Your butter should be room temperature and soft to the touch.
  • Cream the butter for a couple of minutes, it’s worth it to get the it extra creamy.
  • Add the powdered sugar a little bit at a time and it will come together easier.
  • Use immediately on cooled cookies.

Cookies are Great for Gifting

These sugar cookies with buttercream icing are also great for gifting – I package mine in cellophane bags with a pretty little label.

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Sugar Cookie Buttercream Frosting

Julie Blanner
3 ingredient Sugar Cookie Frosting that is melt-in-your-mouth amazing!
4.8 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 40
Calories 100 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk

Instructions
 

  • Beat butter until smooth.
  • Gradually add powdered sugar, followed by milk.

Notes

  • Your butter should be room temperature and soft to the touch.
  • Cream the butter for a couple of minutes, it’s worth it to get the it extra creamy.
  • Add the powdered sugar a little bit at a time and it will come together easier.
  • Use immediately on cooled cookies.

Nutrition

Serving:2TbspCalories:100kcalCarbohydrates:15gProtein:1gFat:5gSaturated Fat:3gCholesterol:12mgSodium:41mgPotassium:4mgSugar:15gVitamin A:145IUCalcium:3mgIron:1mg
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