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star shaped cookies with vanilla frosting
Easy Sugar Cookie Frosting (Vanilla Buttercream)
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
Sugar Cookie Frosting: This easy homemade vanilla frosting (vanilla buttercream) is the perfect sugar cookie frosting! It's light and fluffy, and full of sweet vanilla flavor. This vanilla frosting is my favorite topping for homemade sugar cookies!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy sugar cookie frosting
Servings: 1 -2 cups frosting
Author: Michelle
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2-4 Tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • food coloring, if desired
  1. With a standing mixer or hand mixer, beat butter until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes--it seems like a long time, but it's worth it!).
  2. Add in powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time (beginning with only 2 1/2 cups of powdered sugar), beating well after each addition.
  3. Add in vanilla extract and 2 Tbsp of heavy whipping cream, beating well.
  4. If the frosting seems too thin, add in the remaining powdered sugar. If it's too thick, add in the remaining heavy whipping cream.
  5. If desired, add food coloring.
  6. Spread or pipe onto cookie!
  7. Enjoy!
  8. If making ahead of time, keep frosting in the fridge, and then let the frosting come to room temperature before spreading onto cookies.
Recipe Notes

*Allow the frosting to dry (10-15 minutes or so) before stacking in an airtight container.