Butter Icing for Sugar Cookies


Here's a terrific recipe for buttercream icing for cookies with no raw egg whites. For any recipes that require egg whites, you can substitute dried, powdered egg whites, usually found at cake-decorating supply stores. Then you can still lick the bowl!

colorfully decorated owl-shaped cookies
Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
1 cup


  • 1 ½ cups confectioners' sugar

  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • 1 tablespoon milk, or more as needed

  • 3 drops red food coloring (Optional)


  1. Beat sugar, butter, vanilla, and 1 tablespoon milk in a large bowl until creamy. Mix in more milk, 1 to 2 drops at a time, to reach desired spreading consistency. Stir in food coloring.

To Use:

Spread icing over any cooled cookies and sprinkle decorating sugar on top, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

131 Calories
4g Fat
23g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 131
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 32mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Protein 0g
Calcium 4mg 0%
Potassium 7mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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