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.

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.

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!

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 cut out 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!

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.
  • First, soften the butter.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix together the butter, vanilla extract, and almond extract.
  • Add the heavy whipping cream to the mixture.
  • 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.

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.

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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!

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.

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

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.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Cookies & Bars
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 48 servings
Calories: 84kcal
Author: Mel Lockcuff

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Soften the butter. 
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix together the butter, vanilla extract, and almond extract. 
  • Add the heavy whipping cream to the mixture.
  • 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.*
  • At this point, you can add food coloring, if desired.
  • Have fun decorating cookies together!

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

Serving: 48servings | Calories: 84kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 10mg | Sugar: 14g
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