Butter Icing for Sugar Cookies

Butter Icing for Sugar Cookies

188 Reviews 16 Pics
Recipe by  Cali

“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!”

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Original recipe yields 1 cup



  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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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 vanilla. After my slight adjustments I can then make this icing thick enough for cinnamon rolls or thin enough to 'paint' my christmas cookies. Thanks for the submission.



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 imitation vanilla the tablespoon is more appropriate. Thanks to everyone else who rated this first or I might not have figured out what was wrong.



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 cheese sugar cookies recipe from this site. Add a few drops of different colors, spoon into a ziploc baggie and I was good to go. After about 2-3 hours the icing hardened enough to stack the cookies.

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Amount Per Serving (8 total)

  • Calories
  • 162 cal
  • 8%
  • Fat
  • 4.4 g
  • 7%
  • Carbs
  • 30.6 g
  • 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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