Easy Sugar Cookie Icing

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Easy Sugar Cookie Icing – Made with powdered sugar and a flavorful secret ingredient. So creamy delicious, my favorite recipe for cookie decorating.

Easy Sugar Cookie Icing, using only 5 ingredients. This is my favorite cookie icing, it’s so creamy delicious and perfect for decorating Christmas cookies!

This easy sugar cookie icing is a cookie icing recipe that’s been with me since I was a little girl. While the main ingredients are butter, vanilla, powdered sugar, and heavy whipping cream, it also uses a secret ingredient.

That secret ingredient is almond extract. I can’t imagine making this icing without it.

In fact, I also use almond extract in my favorite buttercream frosting recipe and my chocolate buttercream frosting. Just the right amount gives icing a scrumptious flavor kick.

I can usually mix this cookie icing up in minutes; and when I’m using it with my mom’s sugar cookie recipe that we make every single Christmas, I’ll sometimes add a little food color for cookie decorating purposes.

Though I have been known to skip the food coloring and go with sprinkles on white icing instead… Those tiny rainbow sprinkle dots that crunch in your teeth when you bite into the cookie? I love those!

I usually make these sugar cookies the way my mom taught me when I was younger. I’ve never been that patient with a decorating bag.

So I take the easy way out and use a butter knife to spread the cookie frosting on… Then spread sprinkles all over the cookie.

Just writing up this recipe is making me wish we still had a few of those soft sugar cookies left in the cookie jar. It’s one of my favorite Christmas recipes!

I JUST WANT THE RECIPE! TAKE ME TO THE RECIPE FOR EASY SUGAR COOKIE ICING!

If you’d rather skip all of my cooking tips, important cooking info for this recipe, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to the scrumptious sugar cookie icing recipe – just scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find a printable recipe card.

How to make the creamiest dreamiest Easy Sugar Cookie Icing. My mom taught me how to make this icing, and I’ve made it every Christmas since I was a little girl.

TIPS FOR HOW TO MAKE SUGAR COOKIE ICING

  • Slowly add the powdered sugar to the mixture, mixing it in as you go.
  • Once everything is mixed together, the icing should be smooth and creamy, free of any lumps. It’s important to get the right consistency. You don’t want the icing to be too thick (it won’t spread well) or too thin (it’ll run right off your cookies).
  • At this point, you can add food color, if desired.
  • Have fun decorating cookies together!

This Easy Sugar Cookie Icing is the perfect recipe for decorating holiday cookies. It’s packed with scrumptious flavor and so creamy.

CAN I FREEZE COOKIE ICING?

Yes, you can. In fact, I usually do have leftover icing, and I’ll stick it in the freezer for next time we need it.

It freezes just fine, as long as you cover it well so it doesn’t get freezer burn.

HERE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE RECIPES THAT USE THIS COOKIE FROSTING:

Crisp Cutout Sugar Cookies

Grandma’s Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Valentine Sugar Cookie Pops

Campfire Cinnamon Rolls

Chewy Gingerbread Cookies

Heart Shaped Chocolate Whoopie Pies

Easy Biscuit Cinnamon Rolls

Twix Bar Mummy Halloween Brownies

Frankenstein Halloween Brownies

Make an Easy Sugar Cookie Icing to decorate cutout sugar cookies. This icing is my favorite recipe, made with powdered sugar and a secret ingredient for extra flavor!

KITCHEN TOOLS YOU MAY NEED TO MAKE SUGAR COOKIE FROSTING

Large Mixing Bowl – You’ll need a large bowl to mix up your icing, and you’ll use it for so much more.

Hand Mixer – A hand mixer comes in so handy for so many things, especially mixing up cookie icing.

Spatula – Because I’m never without my spatula.

Food Color – Allows you to make a few different colors, especially for Christmas cookies.

8 ounce Bowls – These would be perfect for separating your icing to make different colors.

Cookie Decorating Kit – Just in case you want to add more detail to your cookies.

Easy Sugar Cookie Icing that’s creamy, perfectly spreadable, and absolutely delicious. Perfect for Christmas cutout sugar cookies.

EASY SUGAR COOKIE ICING RECIPE

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Easy Sugar Cookie Icing, made with powdered sugar and a flavorful secret ingredient. So creamy delicious, my favorite recipe for cookie decorating.

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Easy Sugar Cookie Icing

Easy Sugar Cookie Icing, made with powdered sugar and a flavorful secret ingredient. So creamy delicious, my favorite recipe for cookie decorating.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Christmas, Dessert, Holiday
Keyword Christmas cookie icing, cookie decorating, cookie icing, cookie icing recipe, sugar cookie frosting, sugar cookie icing, sugar cookie icing recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 48 servings
Calories 84 kcal
Author Mel Lockcuff

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Soften the butter. 
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the butter, vanilla extract, and almond extract. 
  3. Add the heavy whipping cream to the mixture.
  4. Slowly add the powdered sugar to the mixture, mixing it in as you go.
  5. Once everything is mixed together, the icing should be smooth and creamy, free of any lumps.*

  6. At this point, you can add food coloring, if desired.
  7. Have fun decorating cookies together!

Recipe Notes

*It's important to get the right consistency. You don't want the icing to be too thick (it won't spread well) or too thin (it'll run right off your cookies).

Nutrition Facts
Easy Sugar Cookie Icing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 84 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 10mg 0%
Potassium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 15g 5%
Sugars 14g
Vitamin A 2%
Calcium 0.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Easy Sugar Cookie Icing that’s oh so creamy and scrumptious on holiday cutout sugar cookies. The perfect mix of powdered sugar, cream, butter, vanilla, and almond extract.