Light almond flavored icing, great for sugar and butter cookies. You may need as little as 4 cups of confectioners' sugar; just stop adding it when you've reached the desired consistency.

DeDe

Recipe Summary

Servings:
32
Yield:
4 cups
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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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  • Cream together the shortening and the butter, add the almond extract and beat until fluffy.

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  • Beat in the confectioners' sugar, one cup at a time. Add the milk alternately with the confectioners' sugar, one tablespoon at a time until the icing reaches the desired consistency. Color and decorate as desired.

Nutrition Facts

182 calories; protein 0.1g; carbohydrates 18.8g; fat 12.2g; cholesterol 15.4mg; sodium 41.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
04/09/2010
Great "road map" of a buttercream recipe easily manipulated to accomodate any and all of your buttercream needs whether it's for cookies cupcakes or decorating. Thicker thinner more butter all shortening play with this till you get it to suit you. In this case I reduced the almond flavor by half and it was just the perfect hint of almond. Overdo it and the flavor is unpleasant and overbearing. I wanted this frosing to pipe onto cupcakes so I nearly doubled the powdered sugar called for and addded half and half until I got the thicker consistency I wanted. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
05/01/2003
I wasn't too crazy about this...it tasted too "buttery" and I wonder how healthy it can be with that much shortening and butter. And it didn't harden for cookies so they all smeared when I tried to stack them and put them away. Read More
(11)
32 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 18
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
04/09/2010
Great "road map" of a buttercream recipe easily manipulated to accomodate any and all of your buttercream needs whether it's for cookies cupcakes or decorating. Thicker thinner more butter all shortening play with this till you get it to suit you. In this case I reduced the almond flavor by half and it was just the perfect hint of almond. Overdo it and the flavor is unpleasant and overbearing. I wanted this frosing to pipe onto cupcakes so I nearly doubled the powdered sugar called for and addded half and half until I got the thicker consistency I wanted. Read More
(29)
Rating: 4 stars
02/22/2003
Not only good on cookies but great on special occasion cakes. Make it al little stiff and you can create decorative flowers and borders with this recipe. Linda Carver-Hereford Texas Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2003
I didn't really use shortening.. I just cut it out of the recipe and used whipping cream instead of milk.. it worked really good.. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2005
This is delicious but do not expect it to harden on the cookies! It remains the consistency of a light fluffy cake icing. Colors well and is addictive. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/24/2008
I have been using Wilton's recipe for icing since I took a class on cake decorating. The base of this recipe is similar but adds flavor. The butter makes it creamier and the almond adds flavor so it doesn't taste too sweet. Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2008
I liked this recipe I have used it several times. Although I made a few adjustments which came out way better. I used a stick of butter and a stick of criso butter flavored shortening.You would wanna beat the butter and shortening for at least 20 min. seems long but it's totally worth it. You won't taste that butter after taste! That's the main key. I used 8 cups of powdered sugar to make it thick but added more almond extract and a tsp. of vanilla extract so it wont be to sweet and lose itself in the sugar and focus on the main purpose of ALMOND BUTTER ICING!!!!! (Remember Beat the butter and shortening for 20 mins. it will taste way better! and if it's to thick for your taste and milk!) Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
05/01/2003
I wasn't too crazy about this...it tasted too "buttery" and I wonder how healthy it can be with that much shortening and butter. And it didn't harden for cookies so they all smeared when I tried to stack them and put them away. Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2010
Just what I was looking for. Easy with just enough flavor. I used it to frost a white cake for a birthday party. It made plenty for a two layer cake and extra to dye for contrast piping. It would be even better for decorating if you sub half the shortening for butter. I didn't add as much extract to it almond extract tends to overpower things really easily so I just added to taste about 3/4 tsp. I have a new go-to cake frosting. I can't imagine using this for cookies though it would smear badly. Thanks DeDe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/13/2011
I used a fourth of this recipe with only a stick of butter. I used 1/2 tsp almond extract and 1 tsp vanilla. It generously frosted 12 cupcakes! Read More
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