Best Sugar Cookie Frosting Ever

    Posted by  ·  February 26, 2018

    Here is my most favorite sugar cookie frosting.  It is smooth creamy and oh so delicious! I promise you it really does make the very best sugar cooking.

    best sugar cookie frosting

    I use this simple sugar cookie icing recipe all year round for any special event that I want to take sugar cookies to. This frosting for sugar cookies is great to spread on nice and thick with a knife on easy sugar cookies. or if you like cut out cookies this is the best sugar cookie recipe. So soft and buttery!

    Sugar Cookie Frosting

    You will find this sugar cookie frosting has way more flavor than a cookie glaze with corn syrup. Some might call this sugar cookie icing.  While this frosting will crust so you can stack the cookies it remains soft and delicious, unlike royal icing that gets hard. This sugar cookie frosting is more like a yummy buttercream frosting. You will not be disappointed!

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    Add any color of food coloring and sprinkles for the prettiest and tastiest cookies! You will have the perfect sugar cookie.

    frosted sugar cookies

    Sugar Cookie Icing

    Whether you call it frosting or sugar cookie icing this recipe is a keeper. I am confident it will become a family favorite. It is at our house!

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    5 from 3 votes

    Sugar Cookie Frosting

    Smooth creamy buttercream frosting for cookies!

    Course Dessert
    Cuisine American
    Keyword cookies, frosting
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Servings 48 cookies
    Calories 98 kcal
    Author Cindy


    • 2/3 Cups Butter
    • 1/2 Cups Milk
    • 2 Lbs. Powder Sugar
    • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
    • 1/2 Teaspoon Creme Bouquet I often add to give the frosting amazing flavor


    1. Beat with electric mixer until smooth.

    best sugar cookie frosting recipe

    Sugar cookies make such a nice treat. Package a few up and give to a friend.

    best sugar cookie icing

    It can also be piped on to make the cutest Christmas cookies. Be sure to use my favorite cut out sugar cookie recipe. They are the best sugar cookies.   It is a versatile frosting that makes a great cookie icing.  Once you try it, it will definitely become your go-to recipe for cookie frosting!

    frosted cut out sugar cookies

    You will have to try to not eat it with a spoon.  I do believe the creme bouquet flavoring mentioned in the recipe makes it super tasty.

    frosted sugar cookies with sprinkles

    If you love cookies as much as my family you might try these super quick cake mix snickerdoodles or these yummy butterscotch gingerbread cookies. Do you like cookie dough? Here is a round-up of the best cookie dough desserts.



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    1. Marcy
      Thursday, July 5th, 2018
      Can these cookies be frozen after frosting them? If so, what is the best way to package them and how long can they be frozen?
    2. Tuesday, March 20th, 2018
      Creme Bouquet where can I get it?
    3. paula
      Sunday, December 3rd, 2017
      Hi for the milk in this recipe...whole milk, fat free...does it matter?

      I had never heard of this Cream Bouquet...very excited to try this!!
      • Cindy
        Monday, December 11th, 2017
        I don't typically have whole milk, so I use whatever I have. I alway think though that the higher fat content makes it richer. Don't worry you are going to love this sugar cookie icing no matter what milk you use!
    4. Sandy
      Saturday, November 11th, 2017
      Could you please tell me where to get the Creme Bouquet? I have never heard or ever seen this in any of the supermarkets I have been to.
    5. Carol
      Thursday, October 19th, 2017
      What's cream bouquet?
    6. Heidi
      Thursday, December 15th, 2016
      I want to try your frosting recipe but Christmas is only about a week away and I don't have time to get creme bouquet via ordering! I found this recipe to make it homemade and am going to try it:

      Homemade Crème Bouquet:
      1 tsp. almond extract
      1 tsp. vanilla extract
      1 tsp. butter extract
      1 Tbsp. lemon extract

      Store in a small squeeze bottle.
      • Cindy
        Thursday, January 12th, 2017
        Hi Heidi, Thanks for sharing this creme bouquet recipe. I can't wait to give it a try.
    7. Martha
      Sunday, December 11th, 2016
      Your cookies look sooooo good. For piping, do you thin with milk? Thank you!🎄
      • Cindy
        Monday, December 12th, 2016
        Hi Martha, actually for piping like on the Christmas trees, I like it stiffer so it holds it shape.
    8. Tuesday, November 29th, 2016
      So we made a test batch for our company party... and this simple recipe is delicious.
    9. Kylene
      Tuesday, November 29th, 2016
      What is bouquet and can I buy it at a grocery store? Also I am trying to find a good frosting instead of using a canned frosting, are there any other frosting recipe you recommend or is this the one you,prefer to use? Just wondering. Thanks!
    10. Kylene Hauge
      Tuesday, November 29th, 2016
      I love the things you post. What is a bouquet? Is this the frosting you would recommend using on sugar cookies? I am only asking to know if you use other homemade frosting or if you like this one the best. I am trying to find a good one and something other the the canned frosting. Thanks!

    11. jennifer beach
      Thursday, November 17th, 2016
      where can i buy creme bouquet for my frosting?.
      • Cindy
        Saturday, November 19th, 2016 You will love it!
    12. Sharon
      Thursday, November 3rd, 2016
      What is creme bouquet
      • Cindy
        Saturday, November 19th, 2016
        It is a delicious flavoring. It is a mix of almond, vanilla and hints of citrus. It is sometimes called wedding cake or princess flavoring. YUM!
    13. Olga
      Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016
      Does the frosting dry so we can stack them?🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄
      • Cindy
        Saturday, November 19th, 2016
        Yes, Olga the frosting will crust so cookies can be stacked. It is a buttercream type frosting.
      • Cindy
        Monday, February 26th, 2018
        Yes, Olga the frosting will crust and you can stack.
    14. Tuesday, November 1st, 2016
      Do you typically good with salted or unsalted butter ? thank you.
      • Cindy
        Saturday, November 19th, 2016
        Leslee, I use what I have on hand. If I use un-salted butter it might need a pinch or two of salt. Typically, un-salted butter is fresher. Salt can oten be added to butter to help preserve it. Unsalted butter also lets you decide the amount of salt in a recipes.
    15. Alicia Grant
      Wednesday, September 14th, 2016
      This recipe is perfect for my healthy way of life. Thanks for sharing :)
    16. Charles
      Thursday, September 8th, 2016
      Lovely. I am looking for a present and this one would be a great idea. At least in the morning. Thank you.
    17. Lucas Austin
      Thursday, August 25th, 2016
      The cookies look really great! I'm going to make them as a surprise for my girlfriend!
    18. Teresa
      Tuesday, July 26th, 2016
      Your cookies are amazing looking! And also delicious, I might add! Thank you for sharing your frosting recipe.
    19. Monday, July 11th, 2016
      Soo cute! Love the trees!
    20. Renee
      Thursday, December 31st, 2015
      So it's just Butter Cream frosting with flavoring?
    21. Christine Crooks
      Friday, December 25th, 2015
      I love this frosting. It is definitely the best sugar cookie frosting I have had. Thank you.
    22. Krystal
      Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015
      this is THE BEST frosting evvvaaahhhh!!!! great job :-)
    23. Bobbi Jo
      Monday, December 21st, 2015
      Do the cookies need to be refrigerated because of the milk? About how many cookies do this frost?
    24. Michele
      Tuesday, December 15th, 2015
      How many "standard-sized" sugar cookies will this amount of frosting cover?
    25. Tuesday, December 15th, 2015
      Can you use spread instead of butter?
    26. Shirley Wright
      Saturday, December 12th, 2015
      Sounds very good!!!
    27. Andrea
      Friday, December 11th, 2015
      LeeAnn, it's 4 cups per pound.... So 8 cups for this recipe...
    28. Tracy
      Friday, December 11th, 2015
      What is the amount of milk in this recipe? I am seeing an A beside the 1/2 in the directions.
    29. Heather
      Thursday, December 10th, 2015
      Having a cookie icing party for a bunch of kids. Approximately how many cookies will this frost?
    30. Nana
      Thursday, December 10th, 2015
      Aprox. how many cookies does this frosting cover and how many cupcakes?
    31. Michele
      Tuesday, December 8th, 2015
      How many cookies does it generally frost?
    32. LeeAnn
      Sunday, November 15th, 2015
      2 lbs. of powdered sugar is 32 oz... there is 8 oz in 1 cup .... 32 divided by 8 equals 4... so there is 4 cups of powered sugar in the frosting...
    33. Kathy
      Friday, November 13th, 2015
      Powered Sugar

      4 cups per pound so

      4C + 1#

      8C = 2#

      12C = 3#

      These are Approx measurements-----I just buy a 2# bag
    34. Wednesday, November 11th, 2015
      I love sugar cookies. I need a good butter cream frosti .
      • Thursday, November 12th, 2015
        Jeannette this one is DELISH!
    35. dianne
      Wednesday, November 11th, 2015
      How much is 2lbs of icing sugar in cups
      • Thursday, November 12th, 2015
        Dianne, I am not sure. I will have to measure next time. I just by the 2 pound bag. Sorry!
    36. Christina
      Sunday, November 8th, 2015
      This sounds like a great recipe for decorated cookies. Just be sure and let the cookies set for approximately 30-45 minutes after decorating for the icing to harden enough to stack or store.

      I always make the Wilton Snow White Buttercream Frosting. That recipe calls for 12 cups/3 pounds of powdered sugar. It also uses a meringue base,along with almond, vanilla and butter flavors.

      Happy Baking
    37. Janis Noonan
      Saturday, November 7th, 2015
      There is a certain amount of cornstarch in confectioner's or icing sugar.
    38. Barb Kefer
      Friday, November 6th, 2015
      Iam confused with Diane's comment, because I do not see cornstarch in the recipe. Thanks.
    39. Tuesday, October 27th, 2015
      Where do you find creme bouquet?
    40. Diane W.
      Friday, October 9th, 2015
      You can also use LorAnn Princess Bakery Emulsion instead of Creme Bouquet. They're very similar. For those questioning the 2 lbs. of confectioners sugar, that is why this buttercream crusts. You need that much sugar and cornstarch to butter ratio for crusting.
    41. Kathy
      Monday, July 13th, 2015
      Does this icing harden enough to stack the cookies?

      Thank you,
      • Sunday, August 2nd, 2015
        Yes Kathy. Let it set out uncovered until it crusts then you can stack. I do put wax paper between each layer.
    42. bren
      Friday, May 1st, 2015
      TWO lbs of powdered sugar?! Is that right? Just want to be sure?
    43. Renee Seliga
      Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
      Does the frosting dry hard or does it stay fairly moist? Just wondering for storage purposes (stackable?).
    44. Donna
      Sunday, March 22nd, 2015
      I want to make these for a bridal shower just wondering do you put pink food coloring to get them pink ( is this a dumb question ? Just can't' visualize how they are pink? Or does the cream bouquet make them pink?
    45. Valerie
      Wednesday, March 18th, 2015
      Would you use this on cupcakes too? Does it stay soft or harden? How much frosting do you get with the recipe? Thanks!
    46. Marcia Williamson
      Sunday, March 15th, 2015
      Is it really 2 pounds of powdered sugar?
    47. joan
      Sunday, March 15th, 2015
      If you use the crème bouquet do you leave out the 1 tsp of vanilla in the receipe?
    48. Helen
      Sunday, March 15th, 2015
      2 lbs of powdered sugar seriously? As in nearly a kilo?!
    49. jenny
      Saturday, March 14th, 2015
      Does anyone know if this frosting gets a little crusted over if you let it set out, like dries a little to where you can stack them? Thank you!
    50. Janice
      Saturday, March 14th, 2015
      Does this frosting set up hard enough so the cookies can be stacked with waxed paper for shipping?
    51. Saturday, March 14th, 2015
      Sugar cookies are my absolute favorite. Can't wait to try this frosting recipe. Found you at the Link Party Palooza.
    52. Tammy
      Friday, March 13th, 2015
      Does the icing get hard so you can stack the cookies?
    53. Teresa cooper
      Wednesday, March 11th, 2015
      I use to have a cookie icing that was applied soft, after drying it would become just a hint of stiff, not so delicate. Then once you bit into the cookie it is soft like buttercreamm. Is this icing do that. I love the recipe and can't wait to make it. I will be getting creme bouquet. How much do you usually add for a standard recipe and can you add it to any flavor icing. Thank you.
    54. Mary Birch
      Tuesday, March 10th, 2015
      Would love to join your website.
    55. Bonnie Greenlee
      Thursday, March 5th, 2015
      where do you find crème bouquet, I have never heard of this!?
      • Thursday, March 5th, 2015
        I have added the link above to creme bouquet. It is a wonderful flavoring....a hint of almond, vanilla and citrus. It has that wedding cake flavor.
    56. LuAnne
      Thursday, March 5th, 2015
      Crème Bouquet is a flavoring. You can get it on
    57. pc
      Thursday, March 5th, 2015
      Creme Bouquet is a flavour enhancer.
      It has tones of vanilla, citrus, almond, and butter, and is quite strong, so use only the amount listed in the recipe.
      You can purchase it at cake supply stores or Amazon, or go to and get a home recipe on the discussion boards.
    58. Shelly Smith
      Thursday, March 5th, 2015
      Same question as Stephanie... what is creme bouquet?
    59. Stephanie
      Thursday, March 5th, 2015
      What is creme bouquet
      • Thursday, March 5th, 2015
        Shelly and Stephanie I added a link above in the recipe. It is a yummy flavoring with hints of almond, vanilla and citrus. Soooo good.