Buttermilk Frosting Recipe


Buttermilk Frosting is a quick and easy frosting to whip up. Spread Buttermilk Frosting over your favorite cookie and decorate as desired with candies and sugar crystals—they adhere easily to the Buttermilk Frosting.

Buttermilk Frosting
Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro
Hands On Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
2 cups


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened

  • 1 (16-oz.) package powdered sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 4 to 5 Tablespoons buttermilk


  1. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating at low speed until blended. Slowly beat in vanilla and 4 Tbsp. buttermilk. Increase speed to medium, and beat until smooth. If desired, beat in remaining 1 Tbsp. buttermilk, 1 tsp. at a time, until desired consistency is reached.

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