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Homemade Sugar Cookie Frosting that Hardens!

posted by Julie Evink on December 13, 2017

Homemade Sugar Cookie Frosting that Hardens ~ The Perfect Sugar Cookie Frosting for Decorating! If You Are Looking for Frosting For Sugar Cookies that Hardens this is it!


Frosting Recipe for Sugar Cookies that HardensI have been searching for YEARS for the perfect Sugar Cookie Frosting recipe that hardens. I didn’t want an icing I wanted a frosting. One that would harden so I could stack my cookies without them sticking to each other. This homemade frosting that hardens is delicious and easy!

I’ve finally found the ONE. The one frosting that I’ll use every single time I make sugar cookies. It’s ridiculously easy and all the ingredients are in my pantry so I don’t have to search out for “weird” ingredients that will never be used again.

I’m not that kind of girl. I live in small town Minnesota and ain’t no one got time for that!

Ingredients for Homemade Sugar Cookie Frosting that Hardens!

  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Powdered sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Almond extract

Yup that’s right only FIVE Ingredients needed!


Happy dance happening right here isn’t it?

Plus, it’s totally adaptable to any occasion. Dye it a different color. Throw some festive sprinkles to celebrate any occasion or make sugar cookies and frost them for the heck of it!

Make homemade sugar cookie frosting this year to decorate your cookies!

Can we talk Christmas cookies? I adore them, my hips don’t adore them, but once a year I don’t really care what the hips say! I make all kinds of them, but my all time favorites are Almond Cherry CookiesChocolate Mint Thumbprint CookiesPeanut Butter Ritz Cookies!

What is your favorite Christmas cookie? A more traditional, handed down recipe or something new and exciting?

I feel this “expectation” when I go to holiday parties. People expect me to bring a cookie tray laden with deliciousness. I feel that I’m a fraud if I don’t bring the ultimate cookie platter. I try to make cookies for weeks so I have a good variety.

Except sugar cookies. I’ve always shied away from the rolling, cutting and frosting. It sounded overwhelming. I wanted to drop and bake and then stack and freeze. That’s more my kind of cookie baking!

Homemade Sugar Cookie Frosting that Hardens ~ The Perfect Sugar Cookie Frosting for Decorating! If You Are Looking for Frosting For Sugar Cookies that Hardens this is it!

Then I tried Pillsbury Sugar Cookies. You know the ones you find in your grocery’s diary aisle? The refrigerated pull about or cut ones…I need something fast, like super fast one day. I gave them a whirl. I promptly frosted them with this amazing Homemade Sugar Cookie Frosting that hardens.

Tools Recommended to Make Homemade Sugar Cookie Frosting that Hardens!

I served them secretly smiling. No one was going to know!

And then someone promptly asked me for my recipe for the cookies. I blushed and filled her in on my secret. She said, NO WAYYYYYYYY!

Yes Way. Totally. Not Lying.

Those cookies are soft, chewy and delicious. You top them with this amazing frosting for Sugar Cookies that hardens and Viola. You’ve got a home run.

I won’t tell if you don’t!

8 reviews

Homemade Sugar Cookie Frosting that Hardens!

Prep Time 00:10 Serves 4 Dozen Cookies     adjust servings

Homemade Sugar Cookie Frosting that Hardens ~ The Perfect Sugar Cookie Frosting for Decorating! If You Are Looking for Frosting For Sugar Cookies that Hardens this is it!


  • 2/3 c. butter, softened
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 2 lbs powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract


1. In mixing bowl cream together butter and milk with an electric mixer. Slowly mix in powdered sugar and extracts.
2. Frost sugar cookies immediately. Let frosting harden. Store cookies in air tight container.


Recipe Notes

If frosting in mixing bowl starts to harden before you are done frosting cookies add a little milk and stir to combine.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per ServingAs Served
Calories 1176kcal Calories from fat 285
% Daily Value
Total Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 20g100%
Transfat 1g
Cholesterol 84mg28%
Sodium 22mg1%
Carbohydrate 228g76%
Sugars 224g
Protein 1g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Total FatLess than65g
Sat FatLess than25g
CholesterolLess than300mg
SodiumLess than2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate300g
Dietary Fiber25g

Recipe Slightly Adapted from: Skip to My Lou

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  • Danielle Green

    Awesome! Frosting that hardens is great – especially when layering as a gift or on a plate!

    • Julie Evink

      Yes! So much better than it sticking to everything!

  • Erin @ The Speckled Palate

    Just in time for our cookie decorating bonanza! This looks perfect, and I cannot wait to use it!

  • Melissa Howell

    Who knew fancy ingredients weren’t required! I was sure there was going to be corn syrup in this recipe! (Yay that there’s not!)

  • Carol

    Can I omit the almond extract? (Not big fans of that flavor around here.) And if I can, should I increase the vanilla extract? Thank you!

    • Julie Evink

      Yes just omit and you should be fine. You could use a little more vanilla extract if you wish!

  • sonja

    Can I use margarine in place of the butter?

    • Julie Evink

      Yes that should work fine, but I’ve never tested it that way.

  • Malinda

    I make my sugar cookie frosting almost exactly like this too!! Love how it hardens so I can stack my cookies!

  • Carol

    Does anyone know if we are able to pipe with this frosting? I’d love to use it for drawing snowflakes…snowmen etc. thankyou!

    • Julie Evink

      You should be able to. I you need to just add a little milk to thin it out!

  • Jackie

    I just made the frosting and it’s watery :-/ will it thicken as it sits? I followed the recipe exactly as noted…help! I was going to use this for decorating cookies tomorrow with the kids.

    • Julie Evink

      I’ve tested this multiple times and never had this happen. Did you add all the powdered sugar? You can add more to get it thicker.

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