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

Butter Icing for Sugar Cookies

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"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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  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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 07, 2005

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.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 30, 2003

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.

Mar 22, 2008

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.

Aug 31, 2004

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 taste, as well as more margarine and powder sugar. Definitely NOT 1 TBSP of Vanilla! It was alright besides the strong, strong vanilla taste. Seems to set o.k. Pretty glaze w/red food coloring.

Jul 21, 2007

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...

Dec 09, 2003

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

Nov 05, 2003

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.

Dec 09, 2003

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


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  • Calories
  • 162 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 30.6 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 12 mg
  • 4%
  • Fat
  • 4.4 g
  • 7%
  • Fiber
  • 0 g
  • 0%
  • Protein
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 32 mg
  • 1%

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

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