What is the best buttercream frosting for sugar cookies?
Since you asked...
I'll share with you 2 recipes on this page that you 'just gotta have':
Both of these recipes are lightly crusting and make the best buttercream frosting.
Keep in mind if you are using these buttercream frosting recipes, you won't be able to get the fine detail as you would with royal icing when decorating sugar cookies.
In case you are wondering, you won't be able to cover the cookie with buttercream and then add the detail as with my Superior Royal Icing Recipe or this great Glaze Recipe. The butter from the frosting will soak into the royal icing and make it splotch and cause color-bleed.
Although, I have used royal icing on top of buttercream cakes to make a water scene. But it was only for overnight as the cake would be used the next day.
As I said on How to Make Professional Cookies, 'The flavor and texture are undeniably delicious' to cover with sugar cookies--trust me on this!
Here is the best buttercream frosting recipe for vanilla, or any flavor you prefer.
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The half-batch measurements are on the download page.
Best Buttercream Frosting, Vanilla
Ingredients for Full Batch
1 stick REAL unsalted butter, softened but still cool
1 1/2 cups brand shortening
1, 2 lb bag of confectioner's sugar, any brand
1/2 cup milk, creamer, or cream
1 tbs vanilla or a flavor you prefer
1/8 tsp fine-granulated sea salt, or popcorn salt, this helps cut the sweetness and customers appreciate that.
20 drops of white food coloring gel, this makes that real white professional look.
**Please note, depending on the brand you use of confectioner's sugar it can vary how much milk, cream, or creamer to use. Different brands of confectioner's sugar add more cornstarch to the bag than others. I use Great Value from Walmart and use just over 1/2 cup.
**Another note, I love using coffee creamer in buttercream frosting for cookies. It creates some fantastic flavors! Some decorators use hot water for the liquid. Though the texture is great, it lacks the richness in flavor that customers have grown to know and love.
Directions for the best buttercream frosting:
Leftovers can be frozen easily for up to 6-8 months. In this recipe for the best buttercream frosting, vanilla can be halved.
The full batch makes about 8 cups.
**This is my version of American buttercream.
If you would like to see Chef Alan Tetreault, of Global Sugar Art, make his version of American buttercream, here is his video. I don't find it necessary to do all the steps he does. Just an added choice for you.
He is a wonderful teacher and I enjoyed watching him when I started making professional cakes.
Click on the image to download this velvety American chocolate buttercream recipe.
For a half batch, go to the download page.
Best Buttercream Frosting, Dreamy Chocolate
Ingredients for a full batch
3 sticks of real butter
1 cup unsweetened cocoa
5 cups confectioner's sugar
1/2 cup milk
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp espresso powder OR 2 tbs instant coffee, or instant decaffeinated coffee.
Coffee? Yep. Coffee!. Either espresso or instant coffee enhances the flavor of the chocolate exponentially.
**Espresso can be costly, so 2 tbs instant coffee can easily be substituted.
Some wonder if caffeine can be an issue for little kids. My reply is simply all the sugar in the frosting by far outweighs the caffeine. If you are concerned, just add instant decaffeinated coffee. It does the same for the frosting.
Directions for the best buttercream frosting, dreamy chocolate
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