Add food coloring to decorate your favorite sugar cookies.

Advertisement

Ingredients

48
Original recipe yields 48 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • In a large bowl, cream together the confectioners' sugar and shortening until smooth. Gradually mix in the milk and vanilla with an electric mixer until smooth and stiff, about 5 minutes. Color with food coloring if desired.

    Advertisement

Nutrition Facts

58.8 calories; 0.1 g protein; 10 g carbohydrates; 0.1 mg cholesterol; 0.8 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (1215)

Read More Reviews

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2004
This is definitely up there in terms of frosting for cookies-- frankly, its the only stuff I use--I've made this 3 or 4 times now. I make this with the recipe on this site: "The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies" and it is just fantastic! If you aren't a big fan of sweet stuff, however, I would suggest halving this recipe-- this really makes way more than necessary for that recipe. If you are a big fan of sweet stuff, however-- glop it on! I seriously suggest putting in the shortening, then slowly adding the powdered sugar about half a cup at a time. Once it starts clumping up, add the milk/ etc, then add more sugar if you want to make it a bit thicker. I've found that if it gets too clumpy, it won't dissolve the clumps, and you have to smooth it out with a spatula, which takes forever. Read More
(1406)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
02/11/2003
Some of the other reviews said this recipe dries hard. Mine didn't. One batch of ruined bake sale cookies later I have to start with a new recipe. If you are going to go ahead and use this recipe I would suggest less shortening and also substituting butter. Read More
(52)
1628 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 1126
  • 4 star values: 306
  • 3 star values: 102
  • 2 star values: 45
  • 1 star values: 49
Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2004
This is definitely up there in terms of frosting for cookies-- frankly, its the only stuff I use--I've made this 3 or 4 times now. I make this with the recipe on this site: "The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies" and it is just fantastic! If you aren't a big fan of sweet stuff, however, I would suggest halving this recipe-- this really makes way more than necessary for that recipe. If you are a big fan of sweet stuff, however-- glop it on! I seriously suggest putting in the shortening, then slowly adding the powdered sugar about half a cup at a time. Once it starts clumping up, add the milk/ etc, then add more sugar if you want to make it a bit thicker. I've found that if it gets too clumpy, it won't dissolve the clumps, and you have to smooth it out with a spatula, which takes forever. Read More
(1406)
Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2003
Sugar cookie icing is really a matter of personal taste, so I can understand this not agreeing with everyone. However, I though this was the BEST SUGAR COOKIE ICING I'VE EVER MADE! I've tried the confectionary sugar recipes a dozen different ways and they always come out sickly sweet. Just keep it a scant measure of the shortening, and whip it up real well and this icing is fantastic. Not only that, but it held up well enough that I could pack these up and pass them out. Everyone who tried my cookies loved this icing. Read More
(890)
Rating: 5 stars
09/17/2009
Delicious!! I used this icing on the Easy Sugar Cookies and it was a huge hit with everyone. I used unsalted butter instead of shortening though, it gives a much better flavor to the icing. The one time I used shortening the icing dried fairly quickly and I was able to put all the cookies in layers (with tinfoil in between) within 15 minutes of icing them. If you want to add sprinkles or anything to the top of the icing be sure to do that right away or they won't stick! If you use butter, the cookies will stick together if you stack them but there's no trans fats! Read More
(735)
Advertisement
Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2004
Halved the recipe and used butter instead of shortening. Great and easy. My daughter had a blast adding food coloring and decoring cookies. Using this for this season's batch of holiday cookies. Thanks Kathy. Read More
(315)
Rating: 5 stars
07/20/2006
GREAT frosting for sugar cookies or christmas cookies. Sets well so you can put the cookies in a tin or bag! Loved it! A Read More
(294)
Rating: 4 stars
12/19/2003
This was a good cookie frosting but not exactly what I was looking for. My husband said it was too sweet but the kids and I loved the sweetness. However I was on the hunt for more of a glaze/icing that would be stackable. The frosting was thick and was more like a frosting for a cake. It was yummy though and easy to handle. Read More
(279)
Advertisement
Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2003
I liked this recipe because I often use royal icing. The cream of tartar gives it that twinge and its not very good with a sugar cookie. So this was a better choice. I also added some Wilton's white white. It makes it perfectly white. If you add a little glycerine it comes out glossy;) thanks! Read More
(164)
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2006
This frosting was fantastic! Finally I have found a cookie frosting that is thicker and hardens and its tastey. Thanks so much for the recipe! Read More
(123)
Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2003
I have been searching for the "perfect" frosting recipe - the search is over - this is IT! It's easy to make tastes great easy to apply and dries hard (but not as hard as royal frosting). Read More
(122)
Rating: 1 stars
02/11/2003
Some of the other reviews said this recipe dries hard. Mine didn't. One batch of ruined bake sale cookies later I have to start with a new recipe. If you are going to go ahead and use this recipe I would suggest less shortening and also substituting butter. Read More
(52)