Wednesday, December 19, 2012


4-oz reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp butter flavoring
3 to 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
food coloring as desired

In a large mixing bowl beat the cream cheese, vanilla, and butter flavoring with electric mixer on medium speed until the mixture is very smooth.  Gradually beat in the powdered sugar to make icing of a spreading or piping consistency.  If desired, stir in food colorings.

Variations: Chocolate - Beat in 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder in the first step.

Mint: Substitute a 1/2 tsp of mint extract for the butter flavoring.

Yield: About 1 1/4 cups icing or enough for approximately 5 dozen cookies.

Allow icing to dry before stacking or storing cookies.

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