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Butter Icing for Cookies

Butter Icing for Cookies

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Perfect for cookies - not too soft - not too hard - just right.

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  • Calories:
  • 74 kcal
  • 4%
  • Fat:
  • 3 g
  • 5%
  • Carbs:
  • 12g
  • 4%
  • Protein:
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 9 mg
  • 3%
  • Sodium:
  • 17 mg
  • < 1%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet


  1. In a saucepan, over medium heat, heat cream and butter until butter is melted. Stir in the vanilla and confectioners' sugar. Remove from heat, and beat with an electric mixer until thick and smooth.
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Perfect icing for sugar cookies!! Pipes easily from a pastry bag and dries on the cookies so your designs stay put! Tastes yummy too! I made this again last night tried to spread the icing on the cookies (vs. using a pastry bag). It was very smooth for the first few cookies, but then turned really "grainy". I finally found that if I put the bowl of icing over a saucepan w/ simmering water and stir often, it will stay smooth and spread easily.


I made this for my "Ultimate Sugar Cookies" (recipe on this site"). I substituted liquid hazelnut coffee creamer for the cream and eliminated using any extract flavoring. This was sooooo good. Frosting hardened on the cookie just like I wanted. Could store cookies between wax paper without smudging any frosting. You need to work fairly quickly frosting the cookies. I just kept stirring in between. Didn't have any problems at all. My adult kids and grandkids just loved this. Will make again.


Delicious alternative to royal icing! It pipes beautifully, and is easy to change the consistency to suit your needs. I added a touch more vanilla, just because we like it (you can use clear vanilla if you need whiter icing). We decorated tons of gingerbread cookies and they looked and tasted great - the icing dries shiny and hardens so that you can stack your masterpieces. This is a staple for the holidays!