Butter Cream Icing

1 December 2019

My grandma has this butter cream icing recipe. Where it came from is a mystery, although she’d probably know even now if I could ask. It’s written in an old tattered notebook from when she took a baking class when she young. Written in perfect script on worn yellowed pages. We’ve been flipping open to that page every year that I can remember to make her butter cream icing.

We would use this recipe to mix up bright and fun colors for our annual holiday sugar cookies. The cookies are so light and fluffy, and are absolute perfection when topped with this butter flavored icing.

bowls of yellow, blue, red, green, and white frosting
an old handwritten recipe for butter cream icing

When I was younger, I’d sneak a broken reindeer cookie here and there. In doing so, I’d get a large spoonful of icing to top it with when backs were turned. At the end of the day I’d be covered head to toe in blue, yellow, green, and red icing. At that point, I’d go pop open a root beer and take a nap on the couch with the schnauzer. I slept easy those nights wrapped in a sugar haze.

This is what memories are made of. No matter how many times I’ve told my grandma that I love her, she will never know just how much those days baking with her meant to me. And how much I will always cherish this recipe in my heart.

Butter Cream Icing

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon butter flavoring
  • 2 lbs confectioner's sugar, sifted


  • Sift confectioner’s sugar. Mix together all ingredients until smooth. Divide in separate bowls and add food coloring. Decorate sugar cookies as desired!

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Hey, I'm Sarah

My favorite things to do are eat, travel, bake, and drink coffee! I love bringing retro and classic recipes back to life and making baking easy and fun.