Almost Homemade Buttercream Frosting

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This tasty vanilla buttercream frosting adds the perfect amount of sweetness to compliment your favorite sugar cookie. It’s also a perfect compliment to cakes, cupcakes, and other dessert occasions where you need a yummy vanilla topping (and good with graham crackers too!).


  • 16 ounces marshmallow cream
  • 1 1/2 cups room temperature butter
  • 5 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of powdered sugar
  • gel food coloring (optional)


  1. Beat marshmallow cream in a large bowl (either using stand mixer or hand mixer) set to low speed, adding butter until smooth.
  2. Add the lemon juice and vanilla.
  3. Add the powdered sugar a little bit at a time, scraping the bowl down the sides occasionally.
  4. Beat to desired consistency (smooth and fluffy).
  5. Divide frosting into a separate bowl for each color you want to use before adding a small amount of food coloring. Frost cookies as you see fit (spread it directly on cookies with a spatula or add to a piping bag).