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Sugar Cookie Dough Frosting

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If you are a cookie dough lover, this is for you! It is basically safe to eat sugar cookie dough in frosting form and it’s as good as it sounds!

close up swirl of sugar cookie dough frosting on a plate

     When it comes to cookies, the dough is often one of the best parts. So why not tweak the recipe a bit and turn it into frosting?

This sugar cookie dough frosting does just that! It’s egg free and super delicious, plus you can use it to decorate cakes and cupcakes.

      I think by now we all know that playing with different frosting recipes is one of my favorite things to do. There are just so many fun frosting ideas out there and not enough time!!

      I had been toying with the idea of starting to make edible raw cookie dough.  I know there are shops that sell it by the scoop, like an ice cream shop.

mixing bowl of sugar cookie dough frosting with paddle.

        But in my smaller Midwestern town, nothing like that exists. Maybe I should open a shop! I already have some adoughrable t-shirts designed just in case! 😉

      In the meantime, I thought it would be fun to experiment a bit at home.  There are a couple of keys to making edible cookie dough.

cupcakes with a variety of frosting decoration styles and piping bag.

       The first is obviously the eggs.  I am sure most of us have eaten raw cookie dough, eggs and all, and never gotten sick.

        The eggs in cookie dough help to bind the final baked cookie and sometimes offer a bit of rise.  We need neither of those things when the dough is the final product, so it makes the most sense to leave the eggs out. That mitigates that risk.

         Flour is also a potential source of contamination.  Now you can’t exactly leave the flour out of the cookie dough and expect it to taste like dough… so we bake the flour first.

flour baked to make it safe for edible cookie dough.

        A quick trip to the oven helps kill off any bacteria that may be present.  You can certainly skip this step, but it is easy so it seems worth doing to be safe.

         Now you could easily eat this with a spoon and call it a day.  OR….. you could use it as a frosting and but it on some cupcakes for that one two dessert punch!

cupcakes decorated with sugar cookie dough frosting and cute sprinkles.

        It is easy to make. After the flour has had a chance to cool down, you are ready to go.  The flour obviously really gives it that cookie dough flavor.

       Also, instead of powdered sugar, you use granulated sugar to give it that slightly grainy feel you would get in a cookie dough.  It isn’t too sandy, but just enough to give you the right texture.

        I thought it would be fun to make the frosting a lavender color for spring.  I added a few drops each of natural red and blue food colorings.

        In hindsight, I wish I had used a few more drops. The color was pretty in person but definitely muted so it doesn’t necessarily show as well as I would have liked in the pictures. Next time I’ll get it right!

cupcakes with swirls of sugar cookie dough frosting and a bottle of springy sprinkles.

        On top I put the cutest Easter sprinkles from Sprinkle Pop. If you are a fan of sprinkles like we are, you have to check out their site!

      For these particular cupcakes I used Egg Hunt Sprinkle Mix with adorable bunnies and carrots.  The Sorbeto mix also added a nice spring flare to the cupcakes.

      I have to say I really loved using the cookie dough as a frosting.  I did loosen it up a bit more than I would if I had served it as a dough on its own.  That helped make it a little easier to pipe.

sugar cookie dough frosting swirls on cupcakes with cute bunny and carrot sprinkles.

      Otherwise the flavor and texture was spot on for sugar cookie dough! It was hard to not eat it right off the top of the cupcakes!

       Have you ever tried to make a food-safe cookie dough? What were your results? Also, what is your favorite kind of cookie dough?     

Yield: 24 Serving

Sugar Cookie Dough Frosting

If you are a cookie dough lover, this is for you! It is basically safe to eat sugar cookie dough in frosting form and it’s as good as it sounds!

If you are a cookie dough lover, this is for you! It is basically safe to eat sugar cookie dough in frosting form and it’s as good as it sounds!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4-5 Tablespoons milk
  • Food Coloring
  • Sprinkles


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  2. Spread flour over the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 7 minutes and then cool completely.
  3. In your mixer, beat the butter until it is soft and fluffy.
  4. Add the flour, sugar, vanilla, salt and a Tablespoon or two of milk. Beat for a couple of minutes.  
  5. Add more milk if needed to get your desired consistency.  Color if desired.
  6. Pipe or spread on cake or cookies. 

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 149Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 85mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 0gSugar: 11gProtein: 1g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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If you are a cookie dough lover, this is for you! It is basically safe to eat sugar cookie dough in frosting form and it’s as good as it sounds!

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Sunday 14th of April 2019

I love this idea, and I can't wait to give it a try! YUM!


Wednesday 8th of May 2019

It is so good!

Liz @ Books n' Cooks

Friday 5th of April 2019

Oh yum! I need to make this soon!


Sunday 7th of April 2019

Yes you do!


Wednesday 3rd of April 2019

What a clever idea! I bet it tastes amazing!


Sunday 7th of April 2019

Just like real cookie dough!

Cheese Curd In Paradise

Sunday 31st of March 2019

Sugar cookie dough frosting- you genius. This sounds out of this world yummy!


Wednesday 3rd of April 2019

Ha! I'll take it! Thank you!

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Saturday 30th of March 2019

These cupcakes are adorable! I love how the frosting is cookie dough, and looks outstanding! It's a winner!


Wednesday 3rd of April 2019

Thank you so much!

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