Best Butter Cream Frosting Recipe for Decorating Cookies

Customers are always asking us for the best frosting recipes for decorating cookies. Here is one of our tried and true  meringue powder buttercream frosting recipes. Happy baking!


Meringue Powder Butter Cream

    • 1/3 cup water
    • 3 T. meringue powder
    • ½ cup shortening
    • 4 ½ cups powdered sugar (1 lb. 3 oz. If you have a scale)
    • 1 tsp. vanilla extract (use clear vanilla if you want a pure white icing)
    • ¼ tsp. almond extract

      Place half of the powdered sugar and the meringue powder in the bowl of an electric mixer. Whisk together well. Turn on mixer (use whip attachment) and, while motor is running, slowly stream in the water. Mix until everything is incorporated. Turn mixer to high speed and whip until stiff peaks form. Add flavorings and mix well. Change to paddle attachment (for stand mixer) or dough hook (for Bosch). If using a hand mixer, use the same beaters you were using before. Add remaining powdered sugar and shortening and whip for 2-3 minutes more.

    Note: Don't skimp on the whipping time after adding the shortening. You really need to whip it well to prevent separation later.