Tips for Icing Sugar Cookies

LAST UPDATED: Jun 13, 2019 | PUBLISHED: Jan 23, 2013 | By: Julie Blanner

How to ice sugar cookies with buttercream icing

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.

 

tips for icing sugar cookies with yummy buttercream icing
 
Today I’m sharing my tips for icing sugar cookies with buttercream icing. It goes on so smooth and is the perfect compliment to the my favorite sugar cookie recipe {which doesn’t spread and makes other cookies green with envy}.
 
tips for icing sugar cookies with buttercream icing
 
You can find the best buttercream icing recipe below. I warm it slightly and pour it on the cookie for a pretty finish, but…
 
tips for icing sugar cookies with yummy buttercream icing
 
For more intricate designs, I recommend dipping the sugar cookie and allowing the icing to drip off {like snowflakes!}
 
the easy way to ice sugar cookies with buttercream icing
 
These sugar cookies with buttercream icing are also great for gifting – I package mine in cellophane bags with a pretty little label.
 
the easy way to ice sugar cookies
 
I hope you enjoyed my tips for icing sugar cookies with buttercream icing, but now it’s time to just enjoy one, so go ahead, they’re easy!
 
 
simple tips for icing sugar cookies with buttercream

Tips for Icing Sugar Cookies

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Ingredients

  • 1 stick of butter softened
  • 3 c powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla {1 Tbsp if you're not using white}
  • 3 Tbsp heavy cream half and half or milk

Instructions

  • Whip butter, gradually adding powdered sugar. Add vanilla and heavy cream and mix until smooth. Allow cookies to cool 10 minutes and ice while warm, or allow them to cool and melt your icing in the microwave for 30 seconds.
  • Using a measuring cup, pour icing on each cookie individually and using a cake spatula, smooth your icing before moving onto the next cookie.
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