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.

Sugar Cookies with Easy Buttercream Frosting {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Sugar Cookies with Easy Buttercream Frosting {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

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.

Sugar Cookies with Easy Buttercream Frosting {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Sugar Cookies with Easy Buttercream Frosting {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Easy Classic Buttercream Frosting

Perfect creamy and rich buttercream frosting made with ingredients you will likely have on hand

Ingredients

  • 1 pound (16 oz) powdered sugar
  • 1 cup (16 Tbsp) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 tsp almond extract (or flavor of your choice)
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp milk

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl with an electric mixer until well blended.
  2. Recipe adapted from Sweetopia

Sugar Cookies with Easy Buttercream Frosting {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Here is my favorite sugar cookie recipe:

The Best Cut-out Sugar Cookie Recipe

Yield: 2-3 dozen cookies depending on the size

Crispy on the edges, chewy in the middle and perfect for decorating!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla or almond extract
  • 2 3/4 cup flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl and with an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Add egg and extract.
  3. Add dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  4. Turn dough out onto a floured work surface (or a sheet of parchment paper) and roll with rolling pin until 1/4 inch thick. Cut dough into desired shapes and bake cookies for 7 minutes.

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4 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Luv What You Do
    Dec 22, 2012 @ 4:30 pm

    Those cookies are beautiful! I”m not sure I could ever pipe my icing so perfectly so I appreciate how lovely this cookies look!

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  2. emily (a nutritionist eats)
    Dec 22, 2012 @ 5:09 pm

    Those are so cute! I used a similar frosting when I made the sugar cookies to decorate with my little cousins. I didn’t know if they would like the hint of almond so I left it out, so now I need to make the frosting again – with the almond!

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  3. Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Dec 23, 2012 @ 6:50 pm

    Beautiful cookies, your frosting is perfect!! Merry Christmas! 🙂

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