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Best Sugar Cookie Frosting Ever

Posted by  ·  February 26, 2018  ·  Last Updated: May 13, 2019

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!

sugar cookie icing

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!

best sugar cookie frosting
4.24 from 51 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 Hopper


  • 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.

Nutrition Facts
Sugar Cookie Frosting
Amount Per Serving
Calories 98 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 23mg1%
Potassium 4mg0%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Sugar 18g20%
Vitamin A 85IU2%
Calcium 4mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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. Diane Miller
    Wednesday, August 14th, 2019
    This is truly the best icing ever.Thanks for sharing
  2. Becky Hardin
    Tuesday, August 13th, 2019
    Love me some good sugar cookies with icing. I can not wait to try your icing recipe.
  3. Julie Blanner
    Thursday, August 8th, 2019
    Love this! So creamy and delicious. My girls loved decorating their cookies with this (and eating it out of the bowl)!
  4. Melissa
    Wednesday, August 7th, 2019
    So soft and so buttery - my family loved them!
  5. Krissy Allori
    Wednesday, August 7th, 2019
    These look delicious! I'm looking forward to trying them.
  6. Jen
    Wednesday, August 7th, 2019
    I could just eat this by the spoonful! It really does make the cookies taste so much better.
  7. Kathy Dudley
    Thursday, August 1st, 2019
    What is creame bouquet??
    • Cindy Hopper
      Sunday, August 4th, 2019
      It is a flavoring that is vanilla, almond and a hint of citrus. Some people think it has a traditional wedding cake flavor. DELISH is what it is and I think my secret weapon! You can buy it here.
  8. Gay Ferland
    Wednesday, March 27th, 2019
    This shop has all cake decorating items!!!!
    I need to purchase my meringue powder, I have July and August wedding cakes to do!!!
    The powder helps the frosting resist the heat. ❤️
  9. Gay Ferland
    Wednesday, March 27th, 2019
    What is Creme Bouquet???? Is it like meringue powder???
    • Gay Ferland
      Wednesday, March 27th, 2019
      Got it!!!
  10. Nicole G
    Monday, January 28th, 2019
    I’m excited to try this!
    Can the frosting be made ahead and refrigerated for a day or two before I’m ready to decorate, or does it crust too quickly to store? Thanks!
  11. George
    Monday, January 21st, 2019
    I agree with the title, this IS the best sugar cookie frosting ever!
  12. Patsy
    Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019
    I’ve finally found the buttercream recipe I’ve been looking for! Thank you! I’ve used it on cookies and a cake. I thinned it just a bit for the cake. I love the way it crusts and is instantly creamy. Soooooo good!
  13. Judy
    Sunday, December 16th, 2018
    So far I've only made the cookie dough and it's delicious! BUT beware I have a large Kitchen Aid mixer and 1 batch of dough was spilling over the edges with the mixing. LOL
    I plan on trying the icing too and I'm excited. I've been craving a delicious, decorated sugar cookie and they don't seem to be found in stores around here. :-(
    Thank you for these recipes, I'm excited!
    How long does the icing take to "cure" and make them stackable? at least I hope that's possible, maybe not, they're quite lovely!
  14. valerie
    Saturday, December 15th, 2018
    The best frosting I've ever made! Thanks for sharing Cindy.
  15. irma rodriguez
    Wednesday, December 5th, 2018
    where do you get the creme bouquet
    • Cindy
      Saturday, December 15th, 2018
      You can get creme bouquet at www.sweetbakingsupply.com. Someone did leave a recipe for it in the comments.
  16. 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?
    • Cindy
      Wednesday, December 5th, 2018
      Yes, these cookies can be frozen. Place between layers of wax paper in airtight container.
  17. Tuesday, March 20th, 2018
    Creme Bouquet where can I get it?
  18. paula
    Sunday, December 3rd, 2017
    Hi Cindy...as 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!
  19. 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.
  20. Carol
    Thursday, October 19th, 2017
    What's cream bouquet?
  21. 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.
    • Cindy
      Wednesday, September 26th, 2018
      Wow, thanks for sharing that Heidi!
  22. 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.
  23. Tuesday, November 29th, 2016
    So we made a test batch for our company party... and this simple recipe is delicious.
  24. 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!
  25. 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!

  26. jennifer beach
    Thursday, November 17th, 2016
    where can i buy creme bouquet for my frosting?.
    • Cindy
      Saturday, November 19th, 2016
      http://sweet-baking-supply.shoplightspeed.com/parrish-magic-line-creme-bouquet-flavoring-2-oz.html You will love it!
  27. 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!
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. Alicia Grant
    Wednesday, September 14th, 2016
    This recipe is perfect for my healthy way of life. Thanks for sharing :)
  31. 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.
  32. Lucas Austin
    Thursday, August 25th, 2016
    The cookies look really great! I'm going to make them as a surprise for my girlfriend!
  33. Teresa
    Tuesday, July 26th, 2016
    Your cookies are amazing looking! And also delicious, I might add! Thank you for sharing your frosting recipe.
  34. Monday, July 11th, 2016
    Soo cute! Love the trees!
  35. Renee
    Thursday, December 31st, 2015
    So it's just Butter Cream frosting with flavoring?
  36. Christine Crooks
    Friday, December 25th, 2015
    I love this frosting. It is definitely the best sugar cookie frosting I have had. Thank you.
  37. Krystal
    Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015
    this is THE BEST frosting evvvaaahhhh!!!! great job :-)
  38. Bobbi Jo
    Monday, December 21st, 2015
    Do the cookies need to be refrigerated because of the milk? About how many cookies do this frost?
  39. Michele
    Tuesday, December 15th, 2015
    How many "standard-sized" sugar cookies will this amount of frosting cover?
  40. Tuesday, December 15th, 2015
    Can you use spread instead of butter?
  41. Shirley Wright
    Saturday, December 12th, 2015
    Sounds very good!!!
  42. Andrea
    Friday, December 11th, 2015
    LeeAnn, it's 4 cups per pound.... So 8 cups for this recipe...
  43. 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.
  44. Heather
    Thursday, December 10th, 2015
    Having a cookie icing party for a bunch of kids. Approximately how many cookies will this frost?
  45. Nana
    Thursday, December 10th, 2015
    Aprox. how many cookies does this frosting cover and how many cupcakes?
  46. Michele
    Tuesday, December 8th, 2015
    How many cookies does it generally frost?
  47. 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...
  48. 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
  49. Wednesday, November 11th, 2015
    I love sugar cookies. I need a good butter cream frosti .
    • Thursday, November 12th, 2015
      Jeannette this one is DELISH!
  50. 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!
  51. 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
  52. Janis Noonan
    Saturday, November 7th, 2015
    There is a certain amount of cornstarch in confectioner's or icing sugar.
  53. Barb Kefer
    Friday, November 6th, 2015
    Iam confused with Diane's comment, because I do not see cornstarch in the recipe. Thanks.
  54. Tuesday, October 27th, 2015
    Where do you find creme bouquet?
  55. 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.
  56. 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.
  57. bren
    Friday, May 1st, 2015
    TWO lbs of powdered sugar?! Is that right? Just want to be sure?
  58. Renee Seliga
    Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
    Does the frosting dry hard or does it stay fairly moist? Just wondering for storage purposes (stackable?).
  59. 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?
  60. 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!
  61. Marcia Williamson
    Sunday, March 15th, 2015
    Is it really 2 pounds of powdered sugar?
  62. joan
    Sunday, March 15th, 2015
    If you use the crème bouquet do you leave out the 1 tsp of vanilla in the receipe?
  63. Helen
    Sunday, March 15th, 2015
    2 lbs of powdered sugar seriously? As in nearly a kilo?!
  64. 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!
  65. Janice
    Saturday, March 14th, 2015
    Does this frosting set up hard enough so the cookies can be stacked with waxed paper for shipping?
  66. 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.
  67. Tammy
    Friday, March 13th, 2015
    Does the icing get hard so you can stack the cookies?
  68. 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.
  69. Mary Birch
    Tuesday, March 10th, 2015
    Would love to join your website.
  70. 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.
  71. LuAnne
    Thursday, March 5th, 2015
    Crème Bouquet is a flavoring. You can get it on Amazon.com
  72. 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 Wilton.com and get a home recipe on the discussion boards.
  73. Shelly Smith
    Thursday, March 5th, 2015
    Same question as Stephanie... what is creme bouquet?
  74. 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.