What would sugar cookies be without frosting? Well…they’d be…um…just boring little cookies. If you used colored sugar on them they might be a little better. But why when you could frost them instead? 😀
You can use this recipe and just make simple white or one-color frosting to slather aimlessly on round cookies, or you can get fancy and make cut-out cookies and split your white frosting into little bowls and add food coloring to them (once a year…that’s all I use the unhealthy stuff…a few little drops.) Then you’ve got the makings for a decorating party! Invite your friends over or gather the kids and get busy.
This recipe (pre-vegan) came from a tear-out insert in a woman’s magazine from 1990. (Yep, I’m getting old when my clippings and savings come from over 20 years ago. Maybe they shouldn’t date those things so that I could blissfully think it was only a little bit ago…) It was put out by Crisco (shudder….) It called for butter-flavored Crisco (another prerequisite shudder.) Obviously, I do not use that any more. Instead, I have made this into a vegan-friendly recipe.
This recipe more than covers 1 batch of my Sugar Cookies. Although you might want a double or 1 1/2 batch of this frosting if you want lots of different colors to play with or if you have a heavy hand with spreading plenty on your cookies. I put it in 1/2-3/4 c. pyrex bowls, color it as desired, and stick in small plastic knives (they don’t fall out of the tiny bowls as easily.) I put out lots of sprinkles and such to use for decorating. Toothpicks help align things in tiny areas. This year I added little squeeze bottles made for decorating cupcakes and cookies so we could add finer details, but decorator bags would work, too.
Frosting for Sugar Cookies
- 1 Earth Balance buttery stick (1/2 c.), softened (I never have patience to wait ~ and nuke it for 10-15 seconds)
- 4 c. powdered sugar (use evaporated cane juice crystals powdered version to be completely vegan)
- 1/3 c. non-dairy vanilla or plain milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla
Combine all ingredients in a deep 1 quart bowl (or larger) and beat with an electric mixer on low speed until no powdery sugar remains that can blow up into your face when you turn the mixer on high. Scrape bowl. Beat at high speed until smooth and creamy.
Divide into smaller bowls, mix in a few drops of food coloring, and decorate away!
This shows some of the aftermath of the decorating this year with an empty bowl of green frosting next to sprinkles and cookies. These an out-of-town friend of my son’s decorated. It was so much fun!