The Best Sugar Cookie Frosting
You’ll never need another frosting recipe, this is the BEST frosting for cookies EVER!
Happy Thanksgiving Week!
I know you’re probably trying to get ready and making all the delicious Thanksgiving recipes like mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, and mac & cheese but once Thanksgiving is over, it’s all about Christmas.
I love Christmas, it’s my favorite time of year.
One of my favorite things to do during Christmas makes to make cookies…a TON of cookies but although I have a ton of different cookie recipes.
I have only ONE Sugar Cookie Frosting that I love and it can be used on all kinds of cookies, not just sugar cookies.
It’s easy to make, super creamy and it actually TASTES amazing.
This frosting hardens just slightly but when you bit into the cookie is still soft & creamy…I told you it was the BEST FROSTING.
So this holiday season or any time of year, this is the only frosting recipe you will ever need.
SUGAR COOKIE FROSTING INGREDIENTS
● POWDERED SUGAR: 6 cups powdered sugar.
● SHORTENING: 1 cup shortening, I like to use the butter flavored shortening.
● HEAVY WHIPPING CREAM: 8 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream.
● VANILLA EXTRACT: 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
● ALMOND EXTRACT: 1/2 teaspoon almond extract.
● SALT: 1 teaspoon of salt.
● FOOD COLORING: any colored food coloring or just keep it white.
HOW TO MAKE SUGAR COOKIE FROSTING
To make this sugar cookie frosting, simply:
STEP 1: Using a hand or stand mixer, beat powdered sugar, shortening, heavy whipping cream, vanilla extract, almond extract and salt for about 2 minutes or until smooth.
STEP 2: Scoop small amounts of frosting into several small bowls, use food coloring to make frosting different colors or just keep the frosting white. Frost cookies and add sprinkles on top.
STEP 3: Place frosted cookies in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes if you want the frosting to harden so that the cookies don’t stick together when placing the cookies into a plastic container or cookie tin.
ADDITIONAL FROSTING TIPS
CAN I USE BUTTER INSTEAD OF SHORTENING?: YES! If you would rather use butter instead of shortening, you can but make sure your butter is SUPER SOFT. If the butter is not softened the frosting will end up being filled with “chunky” butter pieces…gross!
HEAVY WHIPPING CREAM: If you don’t want to use heavy whipping cream, you can use whole milk instead. If you use 2% or non-fat milk, the frosting consistency will be much thinner and will have less of that creamy delicious frosting taste.
MAKE IT AHEAD OF TIME: If you want to make the frosting ahead of time, no problem. You can place the frosting in the fridge up to 2 days. Once you’re ready to frost your cookies, let the frosting come to room temperature, mix and decorate.
BAKING TOOLS NEEDED
MIXER: I love my KitchenAid Mixer, I use it for everything. Makes baking so much easier!
MIXING BOWLS: I love these mixing bowls and they have small sizes perfect for decorating cookies with different frosting colors.
ICING SPATULA: Makes frosting cookies SO MUCH easier!
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The Best Sugar Cookie Frosting
- 6 cups powdered sugar
- 1 cup butter flavored shortening
- 8 tablespoons heavy whipping cream or milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- 1 teaspoon salt
- food coloring
- Using a hand or stand mixer, beat powdered sugar, shortening, heavy whipping cream, vanilla extract, almond extract and salt for about 2 minutes or until smooth.
- Scoop small amounts of frosting into several small bowls, use food coloring to make frosting different colors or just keep the frosting white. Frost cookies and add sprinkles on top.
- Place frosted cookies in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes if you want the frosting to harden so that the cookies don't stick together when placing the cookies into a plastic container or cookie tin.
- BUTTER INSTEAD OF SHORTENING: You can use 1 cup (2 sticks) of unsalted butter. Just make sure your butter is softened to room temperature before making the frosting.
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My daughter’s favorite cookies are sugar cookies especially the icing! This past Christmas she wanted to make sugar cookies, but she wanted the icing just like the store bought ones. I came across this post, so much better than store bought sugar cookies and icing! My daughter loves this recipe so much better! Definitely making cookies again soon!
This frosting tastes great and is easy to work with. I’d recommend it for sure!
This is one of the best sugar cookie recipes I’ve ever made. They taste great and held up really well when cutting them out.
This frosting turned out perfectly, cookies wouldn’t be the same without this colorful frosting!
I’ve been searching for a recipe to frost our cookies this holiday, so thanks! I think we’re going to use butter instead of shortening.
Sugar cookies are not the same without this frosting!! It’s so creamy & the taste is amazing!!
Turned out perfectly! the colors were so pretty and the flavor was great!
This frosting is the perfect consistency to spread on cookies! Love it!
This frosting really is the best!! It’s easy & so creamy! Sugar cookies are my favorite!!
Sugar cookies are my FAVORITE, and this icing looks simple amazing! Can’t wait to try it!
It’s easy to make, super creamy and it actually TASTES amazing. This frosting hardens just slightly but when you bit into the cookie it still soft & creamy…I told you it was the BEST FROSTING. So this holiday season or anytime of year, this is the only frosting recipe you will ever need. ????❤