How to Frost Cookies Like a Pro Using Canned Frosting

Learn how to frost cookies like a pro using canned frosting! Not only is this method quick and easy, but it's also very polished looking. If you love those fancy sugar cookies you see on Instagram and Pinterest, but you aren't interested in spending hours decorating something you're going to eat– this tutorial is for YOU.

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Learn how to frost cookies like a pro using canned frosting!

Ingredients & Supplies

How To Frost Cookies Like A Pro Using Canned Frosting

Instructions

  1. Mix food coloring into the frosting until it reaches the desired shade.
  2. Spoon about 1/4 of the frosting into a piping bag fitted with the #5 piping tip.
  3. Outline the cookies. This will create a dam so you can flood the inside of the cookie (which will create a smooth surface).
  4. Carefully remove any remaining pieces of foil from around the edge of the frosting container. Then microwave the remaining frosting in 20 second increments.
  5. Mix well in between heating increments. Be sure to incorporate all of the frosting, scraping the bottom of the container really well.
  6. Once the frosting is the consistency of warm honey (runny, but not runny like water), use a spoon to fill the outlined cookies with the warm frosting.
  7. Gently tap the cookie to smooth the surface of the frosting. If needed, use a toothpick to drag frosting to corners or small crevices of the outline.
  8. Decorate while the frosting is still wet. Let rest for an hour to allow the frosting enough time to firm up.
  9. Once the frosting has returned to it's original room temperature consistency, you can pipe more details on the cookie!

Here's a quick tip: if you are frosting multiple layers (frosting on top of frosting), give the cookies a quick chill in between layers. It sturdies the frosting up, making it even easier to work with.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do you let sugar cookies cool before icing them?

Cookies should be COMPLETELY 100% cool before icing them. Once the center of the cookie is no longer warm, you can start decorating.

How do you frost cookies without a piping bag?

I always like to have piping bags on hand, so I highly recommend buying a big box of them (it's not expensive). You'll find that you can use them for all sorts of things besides decorating cookies. 

But if you need a substitute in a pinch, a sturdy gallon-size zip top bag will do the trick. 

Another great decorating method that doesn't require a piping bag is to simply dip the cookies in the melted frosting! It's simple, but it's pretty. 

Can you freeze sugar cookies with frosting on them?

Yep! Wrap each individual cookie in wax paper, and then wrap each cookie in plastic wrap. Stack the cookies in a freezer bag and store in the freezer for up to two months. Thaw at room temperature before eating.

How to frost cookies like a pro using CANNED frosting... with your kids too!

How to Frost Cookies like a Pro using Canned Frosting

Yield: Varies
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Cookie Bake + Cool Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Estimated Cost: 1.00

How to frost cookies like a pro using CANNED frosting. This is great for kids too!

Materials

  • Sugar cookies, completely cooled
  • Store-bought white frosting (1 per desired color)
  • Food coloring
  • Sprinkles, candies, etc for decorating

Tools

Instructions

Mix food coloring into the frosting until it reaches the desired shade.

Spoon about 1/4 of the frosting into a piping bag fitted with the #5 piping tip.

Outline the cookies. This will create a dam so you can flood the inside of the cookie (which will create a smooth surface).

Carefully remove any remaining pieces of foil from around the edge of the frosting container. Then microwave the remaining frosting in 20 second increments.

Mix well in between heating increments. Be sure to incorporate all of the frosting, scraping the bottom of the container really well.

Once the frosting is the consistency of warm honey (runny, but not runny like water), use a spoon to fill the outlined cookies with the warm frosting.

Gently tap the cookie to smooth the surface of the frosting. If needed, use a toothpick to drag frosting to corners or small crevices of the outline.

Decorate while the frosting is still wet. Let rest for an hour to allow the frosting enough time to firm up.

Once the frosting has returned to it's original room temperature consistency, you can pipe more details on the cookie!

Notes

Reheat the frosting as needed in 5 second increments to keep it at the consistency you want.

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