How to Make Icing for All of Your Holiday Cookies

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Do you love baking and decorating cookies during the holiday season, or would you love to start? Today’s post will show you how to make icing for all your holiday cookie decorating. Get ready!


Most of your holiday sugar cookies can be decorated with a basic buttercream. Buttercream stays soft and smooth and is preferred when you want an icing people like to eat. To make a smooth, creamy and spreadable vanilla buttercream, you need the following:


powdered {or confectioner’s} sugar


milk, cream or half & half

Using an electric mixer, cream together 1/3 cup butter and 3 cups of powdered sugar until smooth and well blended. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla and 1 tablespoon of milk, cream or half & half. Whip the frosting on medium speed, adding enough additional milk to make the frosting spreadable, but not too thick.

To color your buttercream in several different colors, divide it into smaller bowls. Add 1-2 drops of food coloring and stir until blended. Add coloring by drops until you achieve the desired shade.

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