Sugar Cookie Buttercream Frosting

LAST UPDATED: Oct 15, 2019 | PUBLISHED: Dec 11, 2017 | By: Julie Blanner
Did you know that you don’t have to compromise taste when icing your sugar cookies? This sugar cookie buttercream frosting goes on smoothly and hardens just like royal icing. Learn how to ice sugar cookies, with yummy buttercream icing, the easy way! Made with just 3 ingredients and 5 minutes to make.
 
Originally shared December 21, 2013

buttercream frosted sugar cookies with sprinkles

A couple of weeks ago, we had lunch at a bakery and Adalyn begged for a decorated sugar cookie and I obliged. After eating her lunch, she took one bite and said “mom, this isn’t very good.” I couldn’t argue.  Much like a child, I have never cared for hard, flavorless {or even worse, with a hint of citrus}, royal icing. To me, it’s like what fondant is to cake. It’s beautiful, but the taste and texture lack appeal to me.

I always use buttercream to ice sugar cookies. It’s the perfect compliment to a great sugar cookie and can be almost as beautiful AND much quicker to ice with. Today I’m sharing one of two easy methods I use to ice sugar cookies with buttercream.

To Make Buttercream Frosting You Will Need:

You need just three ingredients for this sugar cookie frosting!

  • Butter
  • Powdered sugar: Also known as confectioners’ sugar.
  • Milk

How to Make Sugar Cookie Buttercream Frosting

It won’t take more than five minutes to whip up a batch of this frosting

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

Dipping a cookie into frosting

How To Frost Sugar Cookies With Buttercream

Using my favorite buttercream recipe for sugar cookies, I put the icing in a shallow bowl and warm it until smooth {about 30 seconds}. Keeping fingers on the edge of the cookie, dip it and allow it to drip. Place the cookie on wax or parchment paper to dry and if you’re adding sprinkles, add them immediately. You can watch the video above for the easy tutorial to use buttercream sugar cookie icing without the fuss and stress.

You may need to warm the icing a time or two throughout the dipping process, depending on how many cookies you have to ice. I iced 6 dozen in about 20 minutes! Quick, pretty and most importantly, delicious.

Two iced cookies on parchment

Make Your Sugar Cookies Delicious!

I always choose taste over aesthetics, but I don’t feel that using buttercream is much of a compromise at all! I will warn you, it’s difficult to stop at just 1 cookie! Buttercream frosting has so much more flavor than the traditional royal icing, I implore you to frost your cookies like this this Christmas! You’ll also love this Peach Buttercream Icing!

Decorate Your Buttercream Frosted Sugar Cookies

I like to use white icing for my cookies and then decorate them with sprinkles for a hit of color. You can of course also color your buttercream with food coloring for more vibrant cookies. I find the kids love decorating these too, so they’re a great way to get them into the kitchen.

buttercream frosted sugar cookies with sprinkles

Top Tips For Sugar Cookie Buttercream Frosting

  • Let your cookies cool to room temperature before icing them.
  • You may need to warm the icing a time or two throughout the dipping process, depending on how many cookies you have to ice.
  • Place the frosted cookies on parchment paper.
  • Add the sprinkles immediately to the icing.
  • Don’t miss my tips for easy cutout sugar cookies!

White cookies in star shapes

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buttercream sugar cookie icing

Melt in Your Mouth Buttercream Icing for Sugar Cookies

3 ingredient Sugar Cookie Frosting that is melt-in-your-mouth amazing! Top your favorite sugar cookies with this incredible classic Sugar Cookie Frosting.
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Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 24
Calories: 166kcal

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

  • Let your cookies cool to room temperature before icing them.
  • You may need to warm the icing a time or two throughout the dipping process, depending on how many cookies you have to ice.
  • Place the frosted cookies on parchment paper.
  • Add the sprinkles immediately to the icing.
  • Don't miss my tips for easy cutout sugar cookies!

Nutrition

Calories: 166kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 69mg | Potassium: 5mg | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 240IU | Calcium: 5mg
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