Buttercream (Sugar Cookie Icing)

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  • Did you know that you don’t have to compromise taste when icing your sugar cookies? Buttercream can go on smoothly and harden just like royal icing. Learn how to ice sugar cookies, with yummy buttercream, the easy way!
    Originally shared December 21, 2013


    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.

    how to ice 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 ice 6 dozen in about 20 minutes! Quick, pretty and most importantly, delicious.

    sugar cookie icing that tastes good

    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!

    how to ice sugar cookies with delicious buttercream

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    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.
    Course Dessert
    Keyword buttercream, dessert, icing, sugar cookies
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Total Time 5 minutes
    Servings 24
    Calories 166 kcal


    • 1 c butter softened
    • 5 c powdered sugar
    • 1/4 c milk


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

    Recipe Notes

    Try adding sprinkles on top!

    Nutrition Facts
    Melt in Your Mouth Buttercream Icing for Sugar Cookies
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 166 Calories from Fat 63
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 7g11%
    Saturated Fat 4g20%
    Cholesterol 20mg7%
    Sodium 69mg3%
    Potassium 5mg0%
    Carbohydrates 25g8%
    Sugar 24g27%
    Vitamin A 240IU5%
    Calcium 5mg1%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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