Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Sometimes you just need a little buttercream...

Much to the detriment of my hip measurement, I've fallen in love with buttercream frosted cookies.
simple buttercream frosted halloween cookies
Buttercream doesn't lend itself to decorating the way that royal icing does, but it can still be pretty...and takes about one tenth of the time.

There is just *something* about biting into a buttercream frosted cookie that makes me happy. Last night, I tried eating just half of one.  Is there any doubt in your mind as to whether I went back for that second half? ;)

I so, so love buttercream roses, but we are coming up on Halloween after all.  I used this recipe from Imperial Sugar.  It's an all-butter buttercream, so it stays nice and soft. 

For the pumpkins, I used #15 and #16 star tips to decorate and then and #2 tip for the stem. 
simple buttercream frosted halloween cookies


For the spiderwebs, I spread on a base coat of frosting with an offset spatula, then piped a spiderweb shape for the outer black outline using a #2 tip.  I piped two circles inside that, then used a toothpick to drag the circles toward each outer point. I added the spider with the same tip.
simple buttercream frosted halloween cookies
It's not as crisp looking as a royal icing decorated cookie (here's an example of a royal icing spiderweb), but still cute.

PS...I use Americolor food coloring with buttercream just like I do with royal icing.  For these cookies, I used Orange (tinting it two shades), Super Black, and Leaf Green.

simple buttercream frosted halloween cookies
Buttercream frosted cookies.  Tell me you love them, too!




30 comments:

  1. Bridget - I love your cookies SOOO much - especially your butter cream!!! These are amazing as always - just cute as they can be!!! ;)

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  2. Loving the buttercream! Really makes a perfect cookie even a little more perfect!

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  3. Very pretty cookies! Perfect for Halloween.

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  4. I agree that buttercream on a cookie is a beautiful thing! Your cookies are darling!

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  5. We can all use a little (lot!) of buttercream in our lives. So fluffy and pretty and delicious!

    <3 Vicki
    wildeinthecity.blogspot.com

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  6. Those cookies are adorable. I love buttercream on cupcakes but never considered on cookies...such a great idea!

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  7. Such a great idea, Bridget...I'll be making these tomorrow!

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  8. Love these! Just getting ready to do some Halloween cookies...might have to do a few like this! Do they stack at all or does the icing crush easily?

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    1. Yes, unfortunately...the frosting does get squished when stacked. For the pictures, I rested them really lightly against each other, but you really can't move them around a whole lot.

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  9. I am a novice when it comes to buttercream frosting. Does it set up well? Will I be able to transport lots of cookies without all my frosting coming off?

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    1. These are not the best for transporting; the icing will get squished. The frosting stays soft.

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  10. Love buttercream too--and these cookies are so cute!

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  11. Your piping work is always a dream to look at Bridget! Pinned!

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  12. I've been wanting to try buttercream iced cookies as I recently saw an ad for a mail-order company that sells buttercream cookies. I wondered how they would compare to royal icing in taste and in the ability for them to be sent through the mail without harming the icing. I'll happily try your recipe-- thanks!!

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    1. I would guess that they'd be pretty smudged after shipping. This is an all-butter buttercream, so it's not going to "crust over" like one with shortening. :)

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  13. I loved the peek at the pumpkin ones on your IG feed and it's great to see the all the full pictures. The pumpkin ones are great but your spider ones are really great! I've only done buttercream decorated cookies maybe twice. These make me want to pay that decorating method another visit.

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  14. Yum! I love buttercream, too!

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  15. I am more of a cake baker and decorator, so naturally when it comes to decorating cookies I go for the buttercream : )

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  16. love buttercream for cookies, instead of regular milk I use evaporated milk, recipe handed down from my grandmother, gives them something extra compared to a regular buttercream

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  17. Yes, definitely love the taste of buttercream a bajillion times more than royal, BUT I get too worried about how stiff they will be. Did your bottom cookies get smooshed in the photo? I would want to stack gently like you did, maybe not even the weight of a whole cookie.

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  18. You are so crazy talented it is insane! These are so fun and who can resist buttercream? Not me! :)

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  19. Adorable! Watching the comments to see how well the icing holds up when stacking! :)

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    1. The frosting will get squished when stacked. For the pictures, I rested them really lightly against each other, but you really can't move them around a whole lot.

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    2. Thanks so much! Can't wait to try them. :)

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  20. Yes, please!
    As for the hips, I hear you, but we're better w curves!

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  21. Yes, sometimes we need buttercream on cookie cutouts in life! Too bad we cannot ship or transport them easily. They're soooo good! Thanks for sharing, Bridge. Pinning!

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  22. "Sometimes we just need a little buttercream" --- so true! As much as I want to be a champion royal icing decorator, when it comes down to it, I'm right with you: buttercream spread over a soft sugar cookie is absolute heaven. I wanted to let you know that I shared this post with my readers on my blog's Weekend Wrap-Up -- thank you for such a great recipe/decorating idea, and I hope you're having a nice weekend!

    Here's a link to the wrap-up in case you're interested (feel free to stop by and grab a badge, if you like):
    http://www.floptimism.com/2013/10/weekend-wrap-up-outward-love.html

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  23. These are SO pretty! I love them. :-)

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  24. Hello, I know you posted this a few years ago but I just found your site and I was looking for buttercream cookie designs for Halloween of course. I can't wait to dive into the rest of your site tomorrow and so on. Thank you for sharing your recipe and tips

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