Butter Icing for Sugar Cookies

Butter Icing for Sugar Cookies


"Here's a terrific recipe for icing sugar cookies, no raw egg whites. For any recipes that require egg whites, you can purchase dried, powdered egg whites at cake-decorating supply stores that can be substituted in most recipes calling for the regular raw egg whites, then you can still lick the bowl!"


servings 162 cals
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Original recipe yields 8 servings



  • Calories:
  • 162 kcal
  • 8%
  • Fat:
  • 4.4 g
  • 7%
  • Carbs:
  • 30.6g
  • 10%
  • Protein:
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 12 mg
  • 4%
  • Sodium:
  • 32 mg
  • 1%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Combine confectioners' sugar butter, vanilla and milk, beating until creamy. Thin with a few more drops of milk (if necessary) to reach desired spreading consistency. Stir in optional food coloring. Spread frosting over cooled cookies and decorate with colored sugar, if desired.
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  1. 240 Ratings


This recipe is good yet, I made some adjustments to make it better. Instead of butter I used cream cheese the icing seemed to hold together better and I used almond flavoring in place of vanill...

I've used this recipe a few times now. And I love it. I just want to leave a note about the vanilla. It seems that when using real vanilla extract 1 teaspoon is plenty and when using imitatio...

This was a wonderfully simple icing recipe. Instead of using the full tablespoon of vanilla I used just 1 tsp of almond flavoring and it turned out great, especially when paired with the cream c...

I usually read the reviews first, and boy do I wish I had this time! I was in a hurry, so used 1 TBSP of Pure Vanilla Extract ... Oh My Gosh! I added Cherry Flavoring to try to hide the vanilla ...

the flavor is good, but it didn't harden like i wish it would. the icing smeared after i placed the cookies in their bags...

This recipe was fast and turned out very creamy. However, it calls for WAY too much vanilla. Half the amount is a better guess.

The whole tablespoon of vanilla was too much-and without the foodcoloring, it makes brown icing. I would lessen the vanilla to a tsp., not a whole tablespoon.

This is an easy and yummy recipe for frosting. It is a little too heavy on the vanilla, so I cut it back.

Great glaze for anise cut outs. Note: Please use clear vanilla extract which is available at Michael's, etc. Clear vanilla prevents the brown icing!!