Delicious Frosting Recipes for Sweet Treats

Hey there, folks! It’s me, your favorite nutritionist and food blogger, here with another fantastic recipe to tantalize your tastebuds. Today we’ll be whipping up a delicious frosting that goes perfectly with cookies, muffins, danish and so much more.

Now, I know what you’re thinking – how can frosting be healthy? But trust me when I say that this recipe is not only scrumptious, but it’s also gluten-free and dairy-free. That means you can enjoy it guilt-free without worrying about any adverse side effects on your health.

I absolutely love exploring different ways to create healthier versions of popular desserts, and this recipe is no exception. You’ll swear it tastes just like traditional frosting made with milk and butter!

So let’s dive in and get started making this incredibly simple yet mouth-watering frosting. Trust me – once you try it, you’ll never look back.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Frosting for Cookies, Muffins and Danish (Can Be Dairy Free)
Frosting for Cookies, Muffins and Danish (Can Be Dairy Free)

Get ready to satisfy your sweet tooth while maintaining a healthy lifestyle with this incredible frosting recipe that works perfectly with cookies, muffins, and danishes. As a nutritionist and food blogger, I promise you’ll love this sweet indulgence that’s not only gluten-free but also dairy-free!

Firstly, this recipe is hassle-free and very simple to make. All you need are some basic ingredients like powdered sugar, vegan butter, vanilla extract and a little bit of water. These ingredients can easily be found in your kitchen pantry or local grocery store. You won’t have to search high and low for these ingredients, making it easy to prepare even on short notice.

Secondly, we all know that frosting can be loaded with calories and saturated fats – but not this one! You can enjoy the rich and creamy texture of buttercream frosting without the guilt as we’ve used vegan butter instead of the traditional dairy cream. And did I mention it’s low carb? Keto dieters rejoice!

Thirdly, this recipe is incredibly versatile – you can swap out the vegan butter for Earth Balance, use almond milk instead of traditional milk, or even try using coconut oil instead of butter. Therefore, if you are allergic to certain foods or following a restricted diet, there’s no need to worry as this recipe is suitable for almost everyone.

Lastly, this frosting can be made well ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator until ready for use. Saving you time in your busy schedule when it comes to celebrating special occasions such as birthdays and family get-togethers.

In conclusion, this frosting is perfect for anyone who wants to indulge in something sweet without compromising their health goals. Whether it’s gluten-free cookies or dairy-free danishes you’re craving, this frosting recipe will satisfy your cravings in all ways possible. So what are you waiting for? Grab the few ingredients listed above and start creating frosted delights to enjoy with friends and family!

Ingredient List

 The perfect touch of sweetness to make your treats shine.
The perfect touch of sweetness to make your treats shine.

The Ingredient List is a key aspect when making a frosting recipe. Here are the ingredients needed to make this delicious frosting, which can be made dairy-free:


  • 1 cup (or 2 sticks) unsalted butter or vegan butter/earth balance at room temperature
  • 4 cups of powdered sugar
  • 2-4 tablespoons of milk, half & half or water
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract (use gluten-free for a gluten-free frosting)
  • Pinch of salt

These ingredients are easy to find and may already be in your pantry or fridge. The recipe calls for unsalted butter but you can easily swap that with vegan butter, such as Earth Balance. To make the frosting dairy-free, use non-dairy milk such as almond milk or water instead of regular milk. And if you have any dietary restrictions, such as gluten intolerance, ensure that the vanilla extract use is gluten-free. Make sure that all the ingredients are at room temperature as they will blend together more easily.

The Recipe How-To

 Elevate your baking game with this delicious frosting recipe.
Elevate your baking game with this delicious frosting recipe.

Let’s delve into the instructions on how to make this yummy frosting, which can be used on cookies, muffins, danish, or any dessert that needs a delicious creamy topping!

Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 stick (or 1/2 cup) of butter (softened), or vegan butter or Earth Balance for a dairy-free option
  • 2 tablespoons of milk, low-carb icing or water (add 1 tablespoon more for a thinner consistency)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Recipe Instructions:

  1. In a mixing bowl, beat the butter until creamy using a hand mixer or stand mixer.
  2. Slowly add in the powdered sugar, followed by the milk or water as you mix it together until smooth and creamy.
  3. Lastly, pour in the vanilla extract and mix it in thoroughly.

And voila! You now have your very own homemade frosting to adorn your delicious baked creations with!

If you want to take it up a notch, consider adding some other flavors. How about adding cocoa powder for chocolate lovers? Or try adding lemon zest for a citrusy twist? Have fun with it and experiment with different flavors and colors!

Tips for Perfect Results:

  • Make sure the butter is softened before starting.
  • Leave out on the counter for at least an hour before use
  • Freeze beforehand and let it come to room temperature
  • Experiment with other flavors by adding coloring or other extracts

With these tips in mind, you can get creative and experiment with different ways to use this frosting recipe! Don’t wait any longer and start baking today!

Substitutions and Variations

 This frosting is smooth, creamy and oh-so-decadent!
This frosting is smooth, creamy and oh-so-decadent!

I know that everyone’s dietary preferences and intolerances can vary, so I have a few substitutions and variations for this frosting recipe to make it perfect for everyone.

Dairy-Free: If you’re lactose intolerant or vegan, then swap the butter with vegan butter such as Earth Balance. Additionally, replace milk with either water or any plant-based milk like almond, soy, or coconut milk.

Gluten-Free: All of the ingredients in this recipe are gluten-free! Ensure that you use gluten-free powdered sugar and vanilla extract. This version is perfect for those who worry about gluten in their diet.

Keto/Low Carb: Replace the powdered sugar with swerve confectioners sweetener instead of sugar. This will not only make the frosting low carb but also keto-friendly.

Danish Dairy-Free: To make this frosting Danish-friendly, use a mixture of half-and-half and water instead of milk. Swap the butter for a dairy-free option, as mentioned above.

Variations: This versatile recipe can be customized according to your taste and preferences using some simple tweaks. For chocolate frosting substitute 1/2 cup of powdered sugar with unsweetened cocoa powder. For cream cheese frosting replace ¼ cup butter with softened cream cheese and reduce powdered sugar to 1 ½ cups. You can also add flavors like lemon or maple syrup to give the frosting an extra zing!

Try these variations and see which one best suits your idea of tasty frosting!

Serving and Pairing

 Get ready to indulge with this top-notch frosting recipe.
Get ready to indulge with this top-notch frosting recipe.

Once you’ve whipped up a batch of delicious frosting, you might be wondering what to pair it with. Luckily, this versatile recipe goes well with almost anything!

For starters, you can use this free frosting on baked goods like sugar cookies, muffins, and danishes. It’s even perfect for cakes and cupcakes! Whether you’re hosting a birthday party or a cozy get-together with friends, this frosting is sure to impress.

One popular pairing for this dairy-free frosting is gluten-free sugar cookies. You can decorate your cookies with Royal Icing or use a piping bag to create intricate designs. The result is a sweet treat that’s perfect for snacking on while binge-watching your favorite TV show.

If you’re looking for something a little more substantial, try using this keto buttercream frosting on a gluten-free danish pastry. The buttery flavor of the pastry pairs perfectly with the creamy sweetness of the frosting. It’s the perfect breakfast treat or afternoon snack.

Another delicious pairing for this frosting is vanilla cupcakes. Whip up a batch of fluffy cupcakes and pipe on a generous amount of frosting for an indulgent dessert that will satisfy any sweet tooth.

Finally, if you want to keep things simple, spread this dairy-free frosting on a slice of gluten-free bread for a tasty snack or quick breakfast. The possibilities are truly endless!

No matter how you choose to enjoy it, this free frosting recipe is sure to become one of your go-to favorites. So grab your whisk, whip up a fresh batch, and get ready to indulge in some seriously delicious treats!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A little frosting never hurt nobody!
A little frosting never hurt nobody!

Listen up, my food-loving friends! If you’re anything like me, you know that baking is not only about the hot-from-the-oven goodies, but also about the convenience of having something tasty on hand whenever a craving strikes. With this dairy-free frosting recipe, you can whip up a batch and store it for later use.

To make things easy, once you’ve made the recipe, transfer it to a bowl with an airtight lid and refrigerate. This way you’ll be able to store the frosting without compromising its quality or consistency. It can last in the refrigerator for up to one week!

When you’re ready to indulge in your freshly frosted goods again, remove the frosting from the fridge and let it stand at room temperature until it softens enough to be whipped again. You can either mix it by hand with a whisk or use an electric mixer for best results.

It’s important to remember that if the frosting is too hard to spread after refrigerating, adding a tablespoon or two of warm water (or non-dairy milk) will do the trick. But don’t go overboard with adding too much liquid; just add a small amount in intervals until it reaches your desired consistency.

And there you have it – easy peasy! Now you can enjoy delicious frosted sugar cookies, cupcakes, or even Danish whenever your heart desires, without having to start from scratch every time. Don’t forget – this recipe is dairy-free and gluten-free; so indulge guilt-free!

Tips for Perfect Results

 This frosting is the cherry on top of your favorite baked goods.
This frosting is the cherry on top of your favorite baked goods.

Now, let me share some tips to ensure you get a perfect frosting every time.

Firstly, ensure that your butter or vegan butter is at room temperature. This will make it easier to mix and will give your frosting a smooth and creamy texture.

Secondly, sift the powdered sugar before adding it to the mixture. This will prevent lumps from forming and create a smooth consistency in the frosting.

Thirdly, if you want a dairy-free frosting, you can use Earth Balance instead of butter. It has a similar texture to butter and will give your frosting the same thickness and creaminess.

When preparing this recipe for low-carb or keto-friendly recipes, use low-carb powdered sugar substitutes available in the market instead of regular powdered sugar. This helps in cutting down carbohydrates from the recipe significantly.

Lastly, I suggest using vanilla extract instead of imitation vanilla. Real vanilla extract will add a rich and authentic flavor to your frosting that imitation vanilla cannot match.

Follow these tips, and you’ll have perfect results with every batch of frosting!


Before we conclude, let me answer some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that you may have regarding this frosting recipe. I understand that some of you may have concerns or doubts, but don’t worry, I’m here to help! Let’s clear things up so that you can make this delicious frosting with ease and confidence. So, without further ado, let’s dive into the FAQs section.

What type of icing is dairy free?

If you’re searching for a quick and easy way to decorate your baked treats, look no further than the classic royal icing. It’s a popular choice for adding a little extra pizzazz to your cookies, cakes, and cupcakes. Plus, it’s a great option for those who want to avoid dairy in their dessert.

What can I use instead of milk in frosting?

If you’re looking for a milk-free frosting recipe, there are various dairy substitutes you can use. You can opt for cream, half and half or evaporated milk, as well as water if you desire a neutral taste in your frosting. For frosting with a delicious, unique flavor, consider using orange or lemon juice, fruit puree, coffee, melted chocolate, cocoa, caramel or liqueur.

Is Betty Crocker frosting dairy free?

Looking for a delicious and dairy-free frosting option? Betty Crocker has got you covered with their selection of vegan frostings made with natural sweeteners and vegetable oil. The Classic Coffee flavor is just one of their many tasty options.

Is Pillsbury frosting dairy free?

According to the Pillsbury website, all of their frosting products do not contain any dairy ingredients.

Bottom Line

Alright, folks! There you have it – a delicious and nutritious frosting recipe that you can use on all of your favorite baked goods. Whether you’re allergic to dairy, gluten, or simply want to indulge in something healthy and organic, this frosting will satisfy your cravings and brighten up your day.

One of the reasons I love this recipe is its versatility. You can customize it to suit your dietary preferences, add different flavors to create new and exciting tastes, and even adjust the consistency to create different textures. With so many possibilities at your fingertips, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t try out this frosting recipe today!

So what are you waiting for? Get creative in the kitchen, experiment with different ingredients and make a batch of frosting that will leave your taste buds singing with joy. And don’t forget to share your creations with others – because there’s nothing quite like spreading the love and joy of food with those around you.

Remember, eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring or bland. With the right ingredients and some culinary know-how, you can enjoy delicious food while still taking care of your body. So go ahead and indulge in this scrumptious frosting recipe – I guarantee you won’t regret it!

Frosting for Cookies, Muffins and Danish (Can Be Dairy Free)

Frosting for Cookies, Muffins and Danish (Can Be Dairy Free) Recipe

I got this from the Land O'Lakes web site. This is what I use for Pumpkin Muffins Recipe #12521 and Roll-Out Cookies Recipe #19653. Add what ever food coloring you like for the cookies. I've also frozen what I haven't used. You may need to add a drop or two of milk to smooth it out after it thaws. # of servings is a guess. *I have also used this to decorate flag cookies. To make the lines I added another 1-2 tablespoons of milk so that the frosting sort of ran off of the spatula. Then I put it squeeze bottles to apply to the cookies.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Any
Servings 24 cookies or muffins
Calories 81.8 kcal


  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened (I have used Earth Balance instead)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 -2 tablespoon milk or 1 -2 tablespoon water


  • Mix powdered sugar, butter and vanilla in a bowl.
  • Add milk until reaching desired consistency.
  • Frost at will.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 18gCalories: 81.8kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 0.1gFat: 2.6gSaturated Fat: 1.6gCholesterol: 6.9mgSodium: 23.1mgSugar: 14.7g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Beginner Cook, Breads, Easy, For Large Groups, Low Protein, Quick Breads
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