Here is my favorite sugar cookie frosting.  It is smooth creamy and oh so delicious! I promise you it really does make the very best sugar cookie.

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!

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!

  • powdered sugar
  • unsalted butter
  • milk or cream
  • vanilla extract
  • creme bouquet flavoring
  • gel food colorings (liquid food colorings don’t work well for this recipe)
  • butter knife or piping bag
  • sprinkles for decorating

NOTE: Creme Bouquet is a wonderful flavoring. It has vanilla, almond, and hints of citrus. It is often called “wedding cake” flavor.

sugar cookie icing

In a large bowl whip the ingredients together with an electric stand mixer or hand mixer. You can add more powdered sugar or milk to adjust the consistency.

Add any color of food coloring and sprinkles for the prettiest cookies that taste amazing! You will have the perfect sugar cookie.

frosted sugar cookies

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
4.95 from 17 votes

Sugar Cookie Frosting

Smooth creamy buttercream frosting for cookies!
Prep Time 10 minutes


  • 2/3 Cups Butter
  • 1/2 Cups Milk
  • 2 Lbs. Powder Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Creme Bouquet gives the frosting amazing flavor


  • Beat with electric mixer until smooth.


Calories: 98kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 23mg | Potassium: 4mg | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Calcium: 4mg
Servings: 48 cookies
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Cindy Hopper
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

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  1. Once frosted, should the cookies be stored in the fridge or are the cookies fine once they’re frosted outside the fridge?

  2. Creme Bouquet Substitution:
    Creme Bouquet substitute:

    1 T. lemon extract or lemon juice
    1 t. vanilla extract
    1 t. almond extract
    1 t. butter extract

    I got this recipe on cc. Can’t remember who gave it. Sorry!

    I mix it up in a big amount and store it in a small bottle. I use it all the time it’s very good!

  3. Christen, place them in airtight containers and they will be fine for several days. This frosting does crust so once it is set the cookies can be lightly stacked. I often put a piece of parchment between the layers.

  4. j’aimerais obtenir la recette de crème bouquet pour m’en faire SVP, pouvez-vous m’indiquer les quantités et les ingrédients pour cette crème, votre glaçage semble tellement bon et crémeux, j’ai hâte de le faire.

  5. Do you cream the butter before adding anything else or do you literally just pour everything in your mixer and go??

  6. This is my new go-to recipe to decorate my sugar cookies. I normally would not have tried something new as my own recipe was well loved by my family. Now I need more decorating ideas. Love this!

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