Flavored Cream Cheese Frosting For Cookies

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The best recipe for cookie frosting is right here!  And this cream cheese cookie frosting isn’t just a topping, it’s a flavor explosion for your cookies.  Smooth cream cheese and butter are infused with freeze dried fruit for a frosting that that melts in your mouth and bursts with vibrant flavor. 

Vibrant and smooth close up of raspberry cookie frosting.

Cream Cheese Cookie Frosting

I love a classic sugar cookie decorated with royal icing.  Just take my gluten free sugar cookies, for example!  But every now and then, I want something a little more thick and creamy on top of my favorite cookies.  Think loft house cookies, but with a frosting that is creamier.

This cookie frosting is like the perfect combination of royal icing, buttercream frosting, and cream cheese frosting

  • Butter makes the frosting thicker than royal icing – But not so thick that you will want to frost a cake with it.  Though, I suppose you could!
  • Cream cheese makes the frosting creamy – The cream cheese combines with the butter for a silky smooth frosting for cookies. 
  • Less sweet than traditional buttercream – Buttercream frosting relies on powdered sugar for its volume.  This cookie frosting uses cream cheese to achieve the luxurious texture.
  • Spreadable and stable for cookies – The frosting goes on easily and it will even form a slight shell to keep appearances.
  • Easily flavored and colored – Take this frosting to the next level – naturally flavor and color it with freeze dried fruit!  Perfect to make a batch of beautiful Valentine’s Day cookies!

1. Blitz The Freeze Dried Fruit, If Using

Want to flavor and color naturally to your cookie frosting? Use freeze dried fruit! For this recipe, I chose tart freeze dried raspberries to impart a vibrant color and flavor. Grind the freeze dried fruit to powder in a small blender or food processor.

Freeze dried raspberries in a glass bowl.

2. Mix The Cream Cheese And Butter

At the base of this cookie frosting recipe is unsalted butter and full fat cream cheese. Plus, for flavor add a splash (or two!) of vanilla extract. Use a hand held mixer to mix until smooth. And resist the urge to lick the beaters!

Butter and cream cheese in a bowl ready to be mixed.

3. Sprinkle In The Powdered Sugar

Now it’s time to add the powdered sugar. Just be careful to not create a powdered sugar dust cloud! Add the powdered sugar in increments (along with a little salt to balance flavor). Mix some more until fluffy and smooth.

Powdered sugar sprinkled over whipped butter mix in a bowl.

Now, you can lick the beaters! Just a couple more steps if you are flavoring your frosting with freeze dried fruit powder.

Smooth cream cheese cookie frosting in a bowl.

5. Add The Freeze Dried Fruit Powder

It is freeze dried fruit, so chances are, there will be seeds! I recommend sifting the powder over the frosting to remove unwanted nuggets. Plus, this will help avoid fruit lumps.

Freeze dried raspberry powdered sifted over creamy butter mix in a bowl.

5. Mix Again Until Creamy Smooth

Mix for a minute or two more to fully incorporate the fruit powder. Your frosting is now ready for your cookie masterpiece!

Vibrant raspberry cream cheese frosting in a bowl.

6. Decorate Your FAvorite Cookies

The frosting goes on easy with a small offset spatula, knife, or even spoon. And even though the natural color by itself is extraordinary, it does make a beautiful canvas for festive sprinkles on top of holiday cookies!

Beautiful stack of frosted chocolate cream cheese cookies for Valentine's Day.

FAQ

How many cookies can I frost with this recipe?

This is a small batch frosting recipe that will frost approximately 12 cookies. More or less, depending on cookie size.

Can I double the recipe to make more frosting?

Yes, the recipe is easily doubled!

Can I frost a cake with this frosting?

I suppose you could. The texture is similar to my butter free frosting. Though, it is not as airy as regular buttercream.

Does the cookie frosting dry hard?

No. The frosting will develop a slight ‘shell’, but it stays creamy.

Where can I find freeze dried fruit?

Your grocery, Target, and Walmart should carry freeze dried fruit – typically in the aisle with nuts. And, of course Amazon has a great variety of freeze dried fruit.

Do frosted cookies need to be refrigerated?

The frosting will be fine at room temperature for up to 6 to 8 hours. Beyond that, I recommend you refrigerate your frosted cookies because of the cream cheese.

Can the frosting be frozen?

Yes. Cover tightly and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator, then bring to room temp. Stir to soften before using.

Frosted chocolate cream cheese cookies on a table decorated for Valentine's Day.
Vibrant and smooth close up of raspberry cookie frosting.
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Cream Cheese Cookie Frosting

Yield: 1.5 Cups
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The best recipe for cookie frosting is right here!  And this cream cheese cookie frosting isn't just a topping, it's a flavor explosion for your cookies.  Smooth cream cheese and butter are infused with freeze dried fruit for a frosting that that melts in your mouth and bursts with vibrant flavor.
Prep15 minutes
Total15 minutes

Equipment

Ingredients
 

Vanilla Cream Cheese Cookie Frosting

  • 2 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Raspberry Cream Cheese Cookie Frosting

  • 3 tablespoons freeze dried raspberries, ground to powder (about 1/3 cup of whole freeze dried raspberries)
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup, plus 1 tablespoon powdered sugar

Instructions

Vanilla Cream Cheese Cookie Frosting

  • In a small mixing bowl, add the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla. Using a hand held mixer, beat on medium-high speed until smooth.
    2 ounces cream cheese, room temperature, 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Sprinkle the salt over the creamed mixture. Then, in increments, sprinkle the powdered sugar over the top and beat on medium speed until smooth and fluffy.
    ¼ teaspoon salt, 1 cup powdered sugar
  • The frosting is ready to be used immediately, or can be covered and stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. The frosting will harden slightly when refrigerated. When ready to use, bring to room temperature and stir to soften.

Raspberry Cream Cheese Cookie Frosting

  • In a small blender or food processor, grind 1/3 cup of the freeze dried raspberries to a fine powder. You will want at least 3 tablespoons of raspberry powder.
    3 tablespoons freeze dried raspberries, ground to powder
  • In a small mixing bowl, add the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla. Using a hand held mixer, beat on medium-high speed until smooth.
    2 ounces cream cheese, room temperature, 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Sprinkle the salt over the creamed mixture. Then, in increments, sprinkle the powdered sugar and raspberry powder over the top and beat on medium speed until smooth and fluffy.
    ¼ teaspoon salt, ¾ cup, plus 1 tablespoon powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons freeze dried raspberries, ground to powder
  • The frosting is ready to be used immediately, or can be covered and stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. The frosting will harden slightly when refrigerated. When ready to use, bring to room temperature and stir to soften.
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RECIPE NOTES

  • Serving Size – This is a small batch frosting recipe that is easily doubled.
  • Yield – The recipe will yield approximately 1.5 cups of frosting.  Enough to frost a small batch of 12 cookies.
  • Freeze-Dried Raspberries – The raspberries can be swapped for any freeze dried fruit.
  • Frosting Consistency – I recommend using the frosting for cookie because it is thicker than traditional buttercream, and will dry with a slight crust.
  • Room Temperature Stable – The frosting will be fine at room temperature for up to 6 to 8 hours.  Beyond that it should be refrigerated because of the cream cheese. 
  • Storing – The frosting should be covered and refrigerated for up to 1 week.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Erin Cernich
Nutrition information is calculated by a third-party and should only be considered an estimate and not a guarantee.
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