Sugar Cookie Frosting

This homemade Sugar Cookie Frosting is better than all the rest! With a hint of almond extract, this creamy frosting is the perfect compliment for any sugar cookie recipe.

This deliciousness will become your go to frosting. It pairs perfectly with our recipes for The Best Sugar Cookies or Sugar Cookie Bars.

Sugar cookie frosting with sprinkles on top of cookies

Best Sugar Cookie Frosting

There is nothing better than a deliciously frosted sugar cookie. Whether you are like me and pile it on, or like my hubby and apply a thin coat, there needs to be frosting! And let’s be honest…the frosting really does make or break it.

This is a frosting we have been using for years. It has a little something something extra in it that just really sets it a part: almond extract! This little bit of bonus flavor really makes a huge difference. A flavor punch if you will.

This frosting is PERFECT for sugar cookies, but you best believe it can be used with all the things! Dip in some graham crackers, top a cake, or try it anywhere you would apply a buttercream frosting.

Best sugar cookie frosting in a mixing bowl

Cream Cheese Frosting Vs Buttercream Frosting

Some like cream cheese frosting, and one of our favorite’s is the one we use on our Carrot Cake recipe. Because there is cream cheese in the cookie recipe, we like this classic sugar cookie frosting, which includes:

  • butter
  • powdered sugar
  • milk
  • vanilla
  • almond extract
  • food coloring (optional)

To make the frosting, mix all the ingredients with a hand mixer. Add more milk until it’s the consistency you desire most. You can also add food coloring if you want to. Top it with some delicious jimmy sprinkles, and you’re set!!

Sugar Cookie Frosting Recipe in a bowl

Additional Tips + Tricks

Butter: You can use salted or unsalted butter depending on the flavor you like. I would suggest using a good quality high fat butter as it will result in the creamiest frosting. 

Be sure your butter has been softened beforehand. It should give in a little when pressed with a finger, but not so soft that your finger can slice through it. If your butter is too soft, it will yield a greasy less fluffy frosting.

Switch it up: Not only can you easily change this frosting up with food coloring, but you can use other flavor extracts instead of vanilla and almond. For example Mint extract with green food coloring or Strawberry extract with red food coloring would both be fun and easy to create. 

Piping: You can simply spread the frosting onto the cookie with a butter knife, or you can break out those piping tips and get creative. Be sure that you make a sturdier frosting so that after it has been piped it will keep its shape. 

  • Add 1-2 tbsp powdered sugar at a time to make it thicker. 
  • Add 1-2 tsp milk at a time if it becomes too thick.
  • You can also try adding 1-2 tsp of cornstarch for stability.
  • Use ½ the amount of butter and replace it with ½ the amount of shortening. This will help the frosting “crust” to hold its shape and be stackable.

Storage: Store the buttercream frosting in an airtight container in the fridge for 1-2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Be sure to bring the frosting to room temperature before using it to spread. Also, you can revive the texture a bit by whipping it up with a hand mixer. Once you have frosted the cookies you can store them, covered, at room temperature for 2-3 days.

Sugar cookie frosting recipe on top of sugar cookies

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Sugar Cookie Frosting Recipe

4.82 from 27 votes
This homemade Sugar Cookie Frosting is better than all the rest! With a hint of almond extract, this creamy frosting is the perfect compliment for any sugar cookie recipe.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 5 cups
Calories 538 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup butter softened
  • 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • food coloring

Instructions
 

  • Mix all the ingredients with a hand mixer. Add more milk until it’s the consistency you desire. You can also add food coloring if you like.
  • Spread on top of cookies with a knife or using a piping bag. Top it with some delicious jimmy sprinkles, and enjoy!!

 

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  1. 5 stars
    Thank you for such an easy frosting recipe to work with. I usually buy frosting to use because I could never get it right, until now! This was perfect!

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe is amazing and tasty! I made cookies with my kids recently and this frosting came in handy. It made the cookies so much better! I can’t wait to make this again!

  3. 5 stars
    I love the almond FLAVORING in this. It pairs perfectly with your sugar cookie recipe that uses almond as well.

  4. So I will be making this through out December, and was wondering on advice for adding cacao powder and peppermint extract.

        1. You sure can! Just place it in the refrigerator the night before and then take it out the next day a few minutes before you are wanting to use it.

  5. If I want to leave out the almond extract, would you recommend subbing it with more vanilla extract, or just omitting it? Thanks!

  6. 5 stars
    This cookies were so easy to make and delicious. The frosting is amazing and we had so much fun decorating the cookies. Thanks lil Luna for all your fabulous recipes.

  7. 5 stars
    This is the first recipe that has given me nice and fluffy frosting. It is usually oily and grainy. The recipe mentioned how soft the butter should be and that made all the difference. It was perfect for frosting our Christmas sugar cookies!

    1. I haven’t left it out before. It does need some liquid. I would google what good milk substitutions would be. Maybe some water, but it might not be as creamy.

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  9. 5 stars
    I halved this recipe and added a little bit more of everything but the milk and it turned out AMAZING!!! I’ve never had frosting taste this good and I think it’s all thanks to the almond extract. But this recipe is sooooo good and thank you so much for sharing!!!

        1. You certainly don’t have to use the almond. You can use whatever flavoring you prefer — vanilla, lemon, etc.

    1. You can store the buttercream frosting in an airtight container in the fridge for 1-2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Be sure to bring the frosting to room temperature before using it to spread. Also, you can revive the texture a bit by whipping it up with a hand mixer. Once you have frosted the cookies you can store them, covered, at room temperature for 2-3 days.

  10. 1 star
    The ads in the bottom corner are so annoying, distracting & get in the way. No way to x them out. I mistakenly touched them more than once taking me to amazon & away from the recipe. I get you gotta have the ads but hate there’s no way to close them.

  11. 5 stars
    Recipe my mother-in-law taught me. We don’t use almond though. Sometimes peppermint. But I love it plain! Making it today actually with my grandson

  12. 5 stars
    Finally got around to making our annual Christmas cutout cookies- this recipe is our favorite! The almond extract in both the cookie and the frosting make them sooo yummy! 😋