Buttercream Frosting for
Holiday Sugar Cookies

This simple buttercream frosting is the perfect compliment for plain sugar cookies. Add a little food coloring and start decorating those holiday masterpieces.


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1/2 cup butter, room temperature*
1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract**
4 cups powdered sugar
2–3 tablespoons water***
~ favorite food coloriing
*          This equals one stick of butter.
**        Find clear vanilla at baking supply stores.
***      Water replaces the milk normally called for in this recipe because the sugar cookies are not refrigerated.
  1. Cream the butter and vanilla together in the bowl of an electric mixer until smooth.
  2. Set the mixer to medium and slowly add the powdered sugar.
  3. Add a few tablespoons of water and beat until fluffy. If the frosting appears dry, add a bit more water.
  4. Add a drop or two of your favorite food coloring and stir to mix.

NOTE: You may store the frosting in an air-tight container for two weeks. Whip the frosting before using so that it an even consistency.


Preparation Time: 
5 minutes.