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Velvety Buttercream Cookie Frosting

Transform your rollout sugar cookies into a gourmet delight with our velvety smooth buttercream cookie frosting recipe! This indulgent frosting strikes the perfect balance between sweet and rich, ensuring a luxurious taste and texture.

Crafted to provide a stable yet creamy consistency, it’s ideal for both spreading and piping, making it perfect for decorating your favorite rollout cookies.

A spatula with buttercream cookie frosting over a glass bowl.

The recipe includes a secret ingredient (meringue powder) for added stability and a hint of classic flavor to complement your cookies.

This buttercream cookie frosting is ideal for bakers of all skill levels and will add the perfect touch to your homemade treats.

Ingredients

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Simple ingredients for this buttercream cookie frosting include butter, powdered sugar, salt, vanilla, and meringue powder.

Meringue powder is used to stabilize the frosting and to get a smoother velvety texture.

Step by Step

Butter in a glass mixing bowl.
Adding powdered sugar to whipped butter in a glass bowl.

Add butter to the mixing bowl and beat until smooth, then add powdered sugar in batches and beat well. Add meringue powder and beat.

Adding vanilla to whipped buttercream in glass bowl.
Butter whipped in a large glass bowl.

Add the vanilla, beat well and then add the milk a few tablespoons at a time until you’ve reached your desired consistency.

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A spatula with buttercream cookie frosting over a glass bowl.

Buttercream Cookie Frosting

This indulgent, velvety, smooth buttercream frosting for cookies is ideal for both spreading and piping and has a luxurious taste and texture, suitable for bakers of all levels. Makes about 3.5 to 4 cups of frosting.
5 from 1 vote
Author: Marie
Prep Time 5 minutes
Mixing time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 60 tablespoons
Calories 69 kcal

Equipment

  • stand mixer or hand mixer

Ingredients
 

  • 1 1/4 cup (283.75 g) unsalted butter
  • 4.5 cups (540 g) powdered sugar
  • 2.5 teaspoons (12.32 g) meringue powder
  • 1 teaspoon (4 g) vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons (30 g) milk

Instructions
 

  • Using a hand or stand mixer, beat the butter at medium speed in a large mixing bowl for about 30 seconds.
  • Add the powdered sugar to the mixing bowl in batches to avoid a mess. Mix the butter and sugar until they are well combined and have a smooth, creamy texture.
  • Sprinkle in the meringue powder into the bowl and continue to mix until it is fully incorporated. Meringue powder will help stabilize the buttercream.
  • Add vanilla extract to the mixture. Mix well to distribute the vanilla flavor evenly.
  • With the mixer running at low speed, gradually add the milk, one tablespoon at a time. Adding it slowly ensures you reach your desired consistency without making the buttercream too thin. You can adjust the amount of milk based on your preference for thickness.
  • Once all the ingredients are thoroughly combined, increase the mixer speed to medium-high and beat the buttercream for an additional 2-3 minutes. This will make the buttercream light and fluffy.

Notes

This should frost about 30 cookies with a thick layer (two tablespoons) or 60 cookies with a thin layer (one tablespoon). Nutrition is shown per tablespoon of frosting.ย 

Nutrition

Calories: 69kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 0.1gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 1mgPotassium: 2mgSugar: 9gVitamin A: 119IUCalcium: 2mgIron: 0.01mg
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