Cut Out Cookies Buttercream Frosting


A delicious Buttercream Frosting with four ingredients

that is great to use to frost Cut Out Cookies.




Cream the butter and gradually add the powdered

sugar alternating with the milk and vanilla extract.

I use a mixer to make it smooth and creamy.


If you are going to use food coloring,

divide the frosting into bowls.


This is the food coloring I like to use because it is a gel

and not a liquid. Colors are much more vibrant than

the liquid food coloring but any type will work.


This is the colors that I made.


Frost your cookies and decorate with sprinkles if you wish.

Let the cookies sit on the counter until the frosting dries

then store in an airtight container. These freeze well in a

single layer or stack with waxed paper between the layers.

Cut Out Cookies Buttercream Frosting



  • 1/2 cup butter, softened (1 stick)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • milk (approximately 1/2 cup)


  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter until creamy.
  2. Gradually add the powdered sugar alternately with a little milk and vanilla until a thick but spreadable frosting consistency.
  3. Add food coloring if you wish.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap until ready to use.

Categories: Frosting/Icing


    • Haha The grandkids don’t know I have made most all of my cookies. They think these are the first ones and all they are going to have for Christmas…lol I can’t wait to bring them all out On Christmas Eve.

    • They are very excited. We are dropping off there letters to Santa tomorrow. We have a Santa house with a mailbox downtown. Unfortunately Santa won’t be in it this year but he will still get the letters. I bet T is getting excited too!

      • Oh yes. He’s been excited about Christmas since the summer. 🤣 But the last two weeks have been very palatable.

        Enjoy that outing to drop off the letters. How fun!

  1. I was thinking they were especially vibrant cookies. My friend Ann Marie was by and left a tin of Christmas cookies hanging on my fence. She had chocolate chip cookies (maybe her husband is like your husband) plus cut-out sugar cookies, also with colorful frosting.

      • I don’t remember the taste to be honest with you Diane – I only had the finished product. My mom did use it for the candycane cookies at Christmas but I think for the Valentine’s Day sugar cookies, she icened them in white and used red sugar. I know about the red dye as I heard for years about it stained her melamac mixing bowl. 🙂

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