Butter Icing for Cookies Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Butter Icing for Cookies Recipe
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Butter Icing for Cookies

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

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Original recipe makes 2 1/2 cups Change Servings
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    10 mins

    10 mins


  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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 14, 2006

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.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 28, 2012

I tried a few cookie frostings on this site and liked the taste of this one best. I still don't think it's quite as good as the store bought kind, but certainly better than the other 3 I tried on this site.

Dec 27, 2005

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.

Dec 23, 2003

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!

Dec 12, 2006

Very good recipe for sugar cookies. I slimmed them down by using skim milk instead of the cream and it still turned out great.

Dec 16, 2005

This recipe is wonderful! I needed an icing that would dry semi hard - so my decorations wouldn't smudge/ fall apart or off, yet, not be rock hard like royal frosting. This works great! It hardens, but NOT too hard. yet was soft enough for us to eat. All my gingerbread man decorations stayed on perfect! This frosting is also Creamy and flavorful and you dont need alot on any cookie to get the benefits of it.(sweetness wise) - which makes it go further. I made the mistake of coating a cookie with it completely, and wow! overkill! You just need a little bit to get that sweet flavor and really perk up the cookies. All my colors blended in nicely too. If the mix starts to get a little hard while you are doing other things, just stir in a little hot water till you get the consistency back that you need. It will still harden up later with no problems. You can also nuke icing bags for 10 seconds if the icing hardens in it as well. Im going to use this recipe forever! thanks!

Feb 12, 2004

This frosting is perfect. It is easy to make and easily speadable. Once set it is still soft, but you can easily stack cookies without any problems. Try it with Almond extract for a delicious flavor...excellent on sugar cookies. I used it on the recipe titled Best Rolled Sugar Cookies-delicious. Perfect for decorating Holiday themed cut out cookies! I used food coloring with great results. This is a keeper.

Mar 23, 2005

This icing tastes great on my sugar cookies and hardens nicely. The best thing I've found to do with these is to replace the regular cream with flavored coffee cream. That simple change makes this absolutely de-vine:)


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  • Calories
  • 74 kcal
  • 4%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 12 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 9 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 3 g
  • 5%
  • Fiber
  • 0 g
  • 0%
  • Protein
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 17 mg
  • < 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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