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Best Cream Cheese Frosting

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If heaven had a flavor, this would be it! This is the best cream cheese frosting recipe that is punch-you-in-the-face good! Add it to the top of your favorite cookies and cupcakes, or whip up a batch and dive in with a spoon!

Whether you’re looking to frost some Sugar Cookies, a Red Velvet Cake or some Lime Cupcakes, this frosting is the best topping for your favorite dessert!

a swirl of homemade cream cheese frosting on a counter with a piping bag laying next to it

The Best Frosting

I am not a huge vanilla frosting lover.  Sometimes it is just too sweet for me, but this easy cream cheese frosting is simply perfect! This recipe uses simple ingredients and the result is sweet, fluffy, creamy and delicious. Is there anything better than that?

This cream cheese frosting recipe has replaced all my other sugar cookie frosting recipes because it is the easiest and tastiest. I am all about keeping things simple around here and with a frosting this good, there is no need for all the fancy, time consuming ones I’ve made over the years!

My sister in law made these easy sugar cookies a couple years ago and this cream cheese frosting was what she topped them with. She gave me permission to share this easy recipe, but only if I called it “Punch-You-In-The-Face Frosting”- ’cause it is so good, you won’t know what hit you!  Now grab your kitchen mixer and get started!

making this easy cream cheese frosting in a mixing bowl with the blade in the frosting

How To Make Cream Cheese Frosting

Grab The Ingredients – To make this delicious frosting you’ll need the following ingredients; softened cream cheese, butter that’s been softened, vanilla, salt, powdered sugar and milk.  If you want to add a little color to it, you can also add in some food coloring.

Mix – I like to use my stand mixer for this recipe because it requires a lot of stirring.  Place all of your ingredients into your mixer and then blend until it becomes nice and smooth.

Recipe Tips

Use A Brick – Be sure to use a brick of cream cheese when you make this frosting recipe.  If you use a cream cheese spread, the frosting will turn out runny and nobody wants that.

Keep It Soft – You’ll want to make sure both the cream cheese and butter are soft before you start mixing everything together.  If it’s too hard, you’ll most likely find little clumps in the frosting.

Flavor It – I love adding a little flavor to this frosting when I’m baking around different holidays or seasons.  You can add lemon extract, pumpkin spice, peppermint extract, or any other flavor you want to this recipe. I usually start off with about 3/4 of a teaspoon and then add more if needed.

wire whip mixer attachment covered in this easy cream cheese frosting with a mixing bowl behind it filled with this homemade cream cheese frosting

Proper Storage

Do This Need To Be Refrigerated – If you don’t plan on using the frosting within 24 hours of making it, I would recommend storing it in the fridge.  If you don’t decide to refrigerate it, you’ll want to leave it out for a little bit before you use it.  Otherwise, it may be a little difficult to spread on your delicious desserts.

Cover It – Regardless of where you store it, you’ll want to cover it with parchment paper to keep it from drying out.  I will smash down the parchment paper over the frosting to make sure no air will get in there.

Best Recipes To Use Cream Cheese Frosting

Once you make this delicious homemade frosting you’ll need to make your favorite dessert.  Here are some of our favorite recipes to make with this cream cheese frosting.

Leave us a comment below and let us know what delicious desserts you made to top with this frosting.  Snap a picture of your delicious treats, or you eating this straight from the bowl and tag us on social media.

a swirl of homemade cream cheese frosting on a counter with a piping bag laying next to it
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Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

If heaven had a flavor, this would be it! This is an easy frosting recipe that is punch-you-in-the-face good! Add it to the top of your favorite cookies and cupcakes, or whip up a batch and dive in with a spoon!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword baked goods, cakes, cinnamon rolls, cupcakes, desserts
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 Tablespoons
Calories 140 kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 oz package of cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla
  • dash of salt
  • 3-4 cups of powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp. of milk
  • food coloring if you want something other than white frosting

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl.
  2. Beat with an electric mixer until well blended and smooth.
Nutrition Facts
Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 140
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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