Having a go-to easy buttercream frosting recipe is a must. Once you find a good recipe for butter cream frosting, you’ll want to use it for all sorts of different creations and baked goods.
From cakes to cupcakes and even cookies, too!
We’re demonstrating this vanilla buttercream frosting that is tinted green for some Christmas cookies we made.
But, you don’t need to add food coloring to them, or you can add different color food coloring to create the perfect buttercream frosting to go with the theme of your baked goods! Arctic cupcakes?
Tint the frosting blue! Sunshine cookies? Tint the buttercream frosting yellow! Your imagination is the only limit here.
Buttercream Frosting Recipe
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 2 sticks butter; room temperature
- 2 tsp vanilla
- Pinch of salt
- 1 tbsp milk + up to 1 more tbsp milk
Begin by placing powdered sugar, salt, butter, vanilla, and 1 tablespoon of milk in your mixing bowl.
Beat on low speed until your ingredients are incorporated; move to a medium speed, scraping down the sides a few times until everything is well mixed – it may appear a little bit dry at this point and that is okay.
Mix in additional milk 1 tsp at a time until you’ve reached your desired consistency. This should not take more than an additional tablespoon of milk.
Color with food coloring if desired.
The photos I’m using are from when we made 3-D Christmas Tree cookies, so I’ve colored this buttercream frosting green for that recipe.
This easy buttercream frosting only takes a few minutes to mix up and will be ready to frost all of your delicious cakes, cupcakes, cookies, donuts, and more!
Note that this is not a cookie icing, and does not harden as such.
Don’t plan on stacking your cookies as if they have hard icing on them when you use this frosting, but it does taste great on anything and everything, even a spoon ;)!
We made these Christmas tree cookies with our buttercream frosting recipe!
Who gets to lick the frosting spoon in your house?
Easy Buttercream Frosting Recipe
- 4 Cups powdered sugar
- 2 Sticks butter; room temperuature
- 2-3 Tsp vanilla
- 2 Tbsp milk
- Add powdered sugar, butter, vanilla and 1 Tbsp of milk to mixing bowl
- Beat on low speed until your ingredients are incorporated; move to a medium speed, scraping down the sides a few times until everything is well mixed - may appear a little bit dry at this point
- Mix in additional milk 1 tsp at a time until you've reached your desired consistency
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I had to hop on over and check out your buttercream frosting after you mentioned it in your carrot cake cookie post and WOW!!! Is it wrong to make a batch of these and just eat it with a spoon??? 🙂
Haha, but the dog might like the spoon if it’s peanut butter cookies! If you’re looking for more inspiration, we have our virtual cookie recipe swap going on right now with LOTS of recipes! Virtual Cookie Recipe Swap
Very cute! Love the Christmas tree cookie. Will pass this post on as I have to make cookies that mail well. And if I make frosting, I get to lick the spoon! Not something to share with the cats, dogs and birds. ? Thanks for sharing! Happy Holidays!
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