Sugar Cookie Frosting

"This is the frosting I like to use for my soft sugar cookies, "Recipe#286412". It uses heavy whipping cream and I like to add green or red food coloring to it when I make the cookies for Christmas. It should make enough to frost about 4-5 dozen cookies, depending on how thick of layer you use on each cookie and how big the cookies are. Update: 12/21/2009: I have changed the recipe to increase the amount of whipping cream. I agree with the other reviewer that more is needed but be sure to add the whipping cream gradually and then add the rest if needed."
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Ready In:
5 dozen


  • 12 cup butter, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 14 cup whipping cream (may need an additional 1/4 cup)
  • green food coloring (optional)
  • red food coloring (optional)


  • In mixing bowl, combine butter, confectioners' sugar, extract and enough cream to achieve spreading consistency.
  • Add food coloring, if desired.
  • Frost cookies.

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  1. Love this Frosting!!! Perfect!! I had a cookie frosting party at my home with my son and my nieces and nephews. This was easy to spread and was so Yummy!! I did not want to use a recipie that had shortning in it, its always so waxy and bland when you use shortning. This is so creamy and tasty! <br/> I also found a new teqnique for decorating frosted cookies. I used to buy colored sugars to decorate with but they are so expensive! I searched on the web and found out how to make my own, and it is so easy! All you do is take granulated sugar, (I used 1/2 cup), put it in a ziplock sandwich size baggie, add a few drops of food coloring, let out some air, then seal the bag and mash it , shake it, mash some more, until the desired color is achieved! You have to mash it around alot to press the color in. I had made a bag of every color of the rainbow! It was fun and easy, and our cookies look like the nothern lights! Very vibrant and full of colors! The kids were so happy to have more then just red & green this year, and it was so easy to make!
  2. Frosting dreams come true ! I Doubled , ((I always use salted butter)) using a 7.5 cup bag of powdered sugar At least 1/2 cup whipping cream plus a splash 3 tsp high quality vanilla And 1/4 teaspoon almond ext, just enough Not to notice it - but pairs excellent if you use just a tiny bit I am amazed - this is the perfect cookie frosting perfect anything frosting this is - the oh my god wedding cake frosting Die and go to heaven I’ll just have a spoon of that You can absolutely use milk , whole is always better but the ratio / of sugar butter flavor is just the best
  3. I have been looking hi & lo for a good cookie frosting recipe to go with my favorite cookie recipe and I have found it!! Taste is fabulous, texture is great and very easy to work with - sets up enough that cookies can be stored without a mess. I did use every bit of the 1/2 cup of whipping cream and could have used a little more even. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!
  4. perfect!
  5. I made a double batch of this frosting the morning of our cookie decorating party and put it in frosting bags. I filled the bags by putting them in a glass with the top opening folded over the top of the glass, then twisted the top and secured it with a clothespin. I cut the tip of the bag to let the air out then folded the remaining plastic up and taped it to the bag. Left them in the fridge for about 6 hours, then took them out a couple hours before using them, kneeded the bags a little and it was perfect. I did use slightly more than 1/4 c of HWC as mentioned by others.


  1. Very good frosting. It was fluffy and still dried, so the cookies could be stored. We used vanilla extract and heavy cream instead of whipping cream as they is all we had. I will use this recipe again.


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