Rating: 4.49 stars
249 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 172
  • 4 star values: 49
  • 3 star values: 13
  • 2 star values: 8
  • 1 star values: 7

I use this frosting on cakes but I bet you can use it on cookies. I make this frosting quite often. YUM!!

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Ingredients

32
Original recipe yields 32 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In medium bowl, beat butter. Add confectioners' sugar and cocoa alternately with milk, beating to spreading consistency (additional milk may be needed). Stir in vanilla.

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Nutrition Facts

63 calories; protein 0.4g; carbohydrates 10.8g; fat 2.4g; cholesterol 5.9mg; sodium 16.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (266)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/29/2006
Good flavor and real easy. I actually omitted the cocoa because I wanted a vanilla frosting and added a little extra vanilla extract. Tip: don't overmix as it will begin to separate. It was an very easy recipe. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/13/2011
I used this on a large cake. I doubled it and used less milk than it called for. It was tasty and easy! Read More
(5)
249 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 172
  • 4 star values: 49
  • 3 star values: 13
  • 2 star values: 8
  • 1 star values: 7
Rating: 5 stars
06/29/2006
Good flavor and real easy. I actually omitted the cocoa because I wanted a vanilla frosting and added a little extra vanilla extract. Tip: don't overmix as it will begin to separate. It was an very easy recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/12/2007
WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE?? A super frosting, all around terrific recipe! I have tried many recipes from this site but was never inspired enough (postive or negative) to post a comment. However, this recipe rocks. I did have to tweak it based on what I had on hand -- I used stick margerine, and substituted nonfat dry milk for the cocoa, because I wanted a vanilla frosting (I substitute NFDM for 1/3 of the sugar in most of my baking recipes). I think because I used margarine, which is more watery than butter, I only had to use about half the milk. Anyway, the taste is absolutely yummy. It's a great consistancy and eminently spreadable, even on a crumbly baked-with-applesauce-instead-of-oil cake. Easy to make and apply, delicious, what more could you ask for? This recipe isn't just a keeper, it's going to be laminated for a place in my recipe hall of fame! Love it!!!!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/04/2007
I made this with butter and 1/2 & 1/2. I wanted a vanilla frosing so I left out the cocoa powder. It had a nice creamy texture and spread beautifully. But the best part was how it tasted... I will make it often Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/04/2010
BEAUTIFUL frosting. Rich and creamy chocolatey with a silky smooth texture and great mouthfeel. Makes you want to eat it with a spoon. I upped the cocoa powder just a little as I wanted a darker frosting but this is sooo easily adjusted to however you like it lighter or darker. I beat it a good several minutes so by the time it was done it was just beautifully fluffy. I didn't measure the milk just added it until I was happy with the consistency I wanted for piping. I used this frosting to top "Brownie Batter Cupcake = The SECOND BEST Cupcake. Ever " also from AR. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2003
Smooth creamy and a cinch to make. This recipe is a winner. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2007
I've finally found it- this is THE chocolate frosting that I will use forever. Chocolatey creamy just perfect. I will also point out that this is actually Hershey's One Bowl Buttercream Frosting- exact same recipe word-for-word. Try it you won't be disappointed! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/11/2010
This is the exact same recipe that appears on the box of Hershey Cocoa. I've used this recipe for years. The trick is to make sure you beat the butter real good before you begin adding the confectioner's sugar and cocoa. Using a hand mixer, beat in as much as you can, then begin to add milk, a little a time. Also, as the package indicates, adjust the amount of cocoa to your taste; 1/4 cup for light flavor, 1/2 cup for medium flavor and 3/4 cup for dark flavor (which is what I use). Do you like "darK" chocolate over "milk" chocolate. Then use 1/2 cup of Hersheys "Special Dark" cocoa powder. The frosting is almost black in color - a whole different taste! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/07/2008
Both my mother and I have been using this recipe for years...it is delicious! However I think that I will continue to look for a vanilla frosting recipe. This will work as a vanilla frosting but in my experience I find that without the cocoa it is VERY sweet and seperates very easily. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2003
extremely fast and easy. sometimes i add about a tablespoon of creamy peanut butter which makes it taste like peanut butter fudge. delicious. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/13/2011
I used this on a large cake. I doubled it and used less milk than it called for. It was tasty and easy! Read More
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