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How to use Leftover Frosting? Make Cookies

How to use Leftover Frosting? Make Cookies

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Want to know how to use Leftover Frosting? Read and learn….

(To my horror) I found out that a friend of mine THROWS AWAY  leftover frosting.


Got leftover frosting? There are a number of things you can do with it.

How to Use Leftover Frosting

1. Sit down in the corner and eat it.
2. Put it in the fridge, and sneak a spoonful every now and then when things get a little rough.
3. Save it in the fridge until you make sugar cookies, and then spread it on the cookies.

and best of all…..

4. Make Leftover Frosting Cookies!

Any Buttercream Frosting will do.

Quick, easy and delicious. These cookies will use up the leftovers in a very delicious way.

My reasoning is this… buttercream frosting is butter, sugar and flavoring (like chocolate)…. and since the basic cookie recipe generally starts with … “cream butter and sugar”… I figure, add some other stuff, and you have cookies.

It works.

Still uncertain? Check out the Step By Step Photos below….

Leftover Frosting Cookie Recipe

Leftover Frosting Cookie Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Category: Cookies & Brownies, Drop Cookies, Techniques

Servings: 3 Dozen

how to use leftover frosting

This is one of those non-recipe recipes… hmm … guess that doesn't make sense. I guess it can be described as a “pinch of this, a cup of that”.

We end up with cookies of different flavors. Some are definitely more successful than others (chocolate or mocha are the most popular). Add chocolate chips, coconut flakes, sprinkles… anything (well, not bananas … ewwww) this is your chance to be creative while making something simple.

I had 2 cups of leftover frosting, for this particular batch. If you have more… adjust up… less…adjust down. I prefer my cookies flat and chewy, so I only add one egg… if you like your cookies big and a bit flluffy, add two eggs.

Go have some fun in the kitchen!


  • 2 cups (Chocolate) Buttercream Frosting
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • optional- additions- chocolate chips, coconut, nuts, m&m candies.... etc.


  • Preheat the Oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Make sure the Frosting is room temperature.
  • In a mixer... beat the frosting with the beater for a minute.
  • Add the egg... beat into the frosting... scrape down the sides.
  • Combine the flour and the baking soda... slowly add to the frosting mix.
  • Beat until combined.
  • Scrape sides... beat some more.
  • Now look at it... you want something kind of stiff, but not overly so. (Think about chocolate chip cookies you've baked in the past). If it feels too soft, add some more flour.
  • And then... maybe get creative.... add chocolate chips, or dried cranberries, or sprinkles, or chopped nuts.
  • Mix...scrape...mix
  • Done
  • Scoop the cookie dough onto cookie sheets using a cookie scoop, or a spoon. Make sure you leave two inches between cookie blobs.
  • You can sprinkle with your favorite sprinkle stuff if you want.
  • Bake for 10 minutes at 350
  • Let the cookies cool on a rack for a minute or two... then move them to a cooling rack.
  • Then EAT!
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Don’t Throw Away Leftover Frosting!

Buttercream frosting will keep in an airtight container for a few weeks in the refrigerator. Before using it, let it sit on the counter to come to room temperature.

You can also freeze buttercream… be sure the container is airtight, label it! and it will be good for 2 months.

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Step By Step Instructions for Using Leftover Frosting to make Cookies

I had 2 cups of Frosting

how to use leftover frosting

Add Egg, Flour and Baking Soda

how to use leftover frosting

Mix until blended completely

If you want to add extra bits, like chocolate chips or raisins or cranberries or sprinkles or coconut or nuts… now is the time!

Scoop the Cookie Dough onto Cookie Sheets

how to use leftover frosting

Give them Space

Bake and Eat!

how to use leftover frosting


    1. If you only have 1/2 cup of frosting, it might be best to just smear it between 2 cookies or graham crackers for an extra treat. It really isn’t enough to start something new.

  1. Will this recipe work for the stabilized chocolate whipped cream frosting on prairie homestead.com? which has whipped heavy cream, cocoa powder, powdered sugar,salt, melted chocolate chips,& knox gelatin? thank you

  2. OMG These are delicious. I almost never have any leftover frosting but I ended up with half a homemade batch of special dark chocolate frosting. So I went looking and found your website. I only used one egg as well and followed the directions exactly. Who knew you could make cookies. They didn’t even last an hour! Thank you!

  3. I just made these with some leftover vanilla frosting. These are THE BEST sugar cookies I have ever made. I am going to make frosting all of the time now just so I can make these cookies!


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