Usually, when I decorate sugar cookies I use royal icing or a simple powdered sugar glaze. But there is nothing like thick buttercream frosting on a big, fat sugar cookie, so this year for my Christmas sugar cookies, I decided to mix things up a bit. I love that you can match the flavoring or extract that you use in your sugar cookie recipe to your flavoring in your buttercream to really intensify the flavors.
This particular buttercream recipe is very traditional and comes from Marian at Sweetopia. I love that a classic buttercream consists of everyday ingredients that you will undoubtedly have on hand at any given time. I used almond extract in my cookies and frosting and a star tip to decorate the trees. I was really happy with how pretty and delicate they looked.
Here is my favorite sugar cookie recipe: