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Vanilla Buttercream Cookie Frosting

If you prefer frosting to glaze this is my go to! If using a stand mixer put your guard on as the powdered sugar can be messy.


  • 1/2 cup Butter Room Temperature
  • 2 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar Additional if frosting seems to thin
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tbsp. Heavy Whipping Cream Additional if frosting seems to thick


  • Add butter to stand mixer and beat until fluffy. Takes about 4 minutes.
  • Add is powdered sugar slowly mixing well between additions.
  • Add in vanilla and whipping cream mixing well.
  • Add food coloring if desired to tint.
  • If frosting is too thin add powdered sugar, if too thick add whipping cream.
  • Spread or pipe onto cookies! Enjoy!


Buttercream will crust once applied. Allow to dry prior to stacking cookies in a container.