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Frosting round sugar cookies

Smiley Face Cookies – Frosting Recipe

Delicious buttercream frosting you’ll use on the ‘face’ of each smiley face cookie. Made with part butter, part shortening to keep a bright white color.

  • Total Time: 20 minutes to mix + time to fill frosting pipe & pipe on





  1. Begin by mixing together softened butter and shortening.
  2. Add powdered sugar one cup at a time. Mix well.
  3. Mix in cream and vanilla.
  4. Adding additional cream to achieve desired consistency.
  5. Frost all cookies using white icing.
  6. Then separate the remaining icing into 3 different bowls.
  7. Add food coloring to reach desired brightness.
  8. Insert the white plastic end into the piping bag.
  9. Add each color to an icing piping bag. (Folding the bag down makes it easy to load with frosting.)
  10. Bring together each icing bag and line up the plastic end. Attach the decorating tip and fasten.
  11. Apply eyes and mouth on each cookie.
  12. Store in a plastic container to keep them soft.


Store the frosted cookies in a plastic container to keep them soft.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: buttercream, frosting, cookie frosting

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