I’ll tell you how to choose the best homemade frosting for cookies. Get tips and recipes for your treats no matter what kind you are making.
Do you make cookies at home? Well if the answer is yes, you’re in the right place! I love cookies, and all the delicious icings and frostings that go with them.
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What frosting is best for cookies?
I prefer confectioners’ sugar buttercream for soft sugar cookies.
For cutout sugar cookies that beg for fancy decoration, I use royal icing, because it gets hard and holds design well.
Easy sugar cookie decorating ideas
Pipe your frosting onto soft sugar cookie cutouts using pastry tips. I used open star tips #16, #19 #20 and #35 on these Christmas tree cookies. See the recipe post for more on how I made each design.
When to use royal icing:
For a great tasting sugar cookie frosting that hardens, I have two royal icing recipes, classic and lemon.
Royal icing creates clean lines and takes on color to create a vibrant look. It also works for detailed piping and decorating, when you want to make a gingerbread house or small designs.
Tangy lemon royal icing is a delicious frosting for gingerbread cookies. I love how it tastes with the mix of spices.
I use gel paste food coloring to tint royal icing. It creates deep color without adding too much liquid.
The best frosting for cookies depends on the flavor and kind of cookie.
Try homemade marshmallow as a frosting for cookies! I use my Peppermint Marshmallow to fill chocolate Christmas cookies. For Easter, fill the soft chocolate cookies with pastel pink, yellow and green marshmallow. (Leave out the mint extract.)
Speaking of sandwich cookies, the melt-in-your-mouth frosting that is always a go-to cake topper makes the best cookie filling. For soft, cake-like cookies like Whoopie Pies, I use my Swiss Meringue Buttercream. Candy cane sprinkles make them great for the holidays.
There isn’t just one type of cookie, so you can imagine there are a whole lot of frostings too.
Create amazing and fun designs on sheet pan cookies too.
Get creative with your own combinations! Let me know in the comments below what your favorite frosting for cookies is. Or tag a picture of cookies you make on Instagram with the hashtag #TaraTeaspoon.
Recipe by Tara Teaspoon
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