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Sugar Cookie Frosting
An easy, yummy, and tint-able sugar cookie frosting recipe that we use every year. Yields about 2 cups of frosting. I double or triple for our big decorating fest.
Recipe type: Dessert
  • ¼ cup butter (half a stick)
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract, or
  • ¼ t. lemon extract- optional
  • ¼ t. vanilla butter nut flavoring- optional
  • 2+ tablespoons milk, plus more to thin as needed
  1. Add all ingredients to the mixer, and blend until fluffy.
  2. Take out the amount you want of the thicker frosting for piping or spreading.
  3. Thin down the remainder to paint on, using about 1 T. of milk per half cup of frosting, and then adding 1 teaspoon at a time until you get a school glue consistency.
  4. Tint as desired- I prefer gel coloring.
I add about a tablespoon of cocoa powder per cup of frosting to make black or brown tint. Thin down to correct consistency, and add coloring to adjust tint.
You may add maraschino cherry juice to thin and flavor the red and pink frosting, adding in gel color to get the desired final tint.
We usually make one piping bag with white, and then make cups with paintable frosting in these colors:
white, red, green, brown (chocolate), purple, pink, yellow, and small amounts of black and orange or flesh tones.
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Recipe by Gwen's Nest at https://gwens-nest.com/sugar-cookie-frosting/