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Buttercream Icing 


This flavorful frosting is a basic for decorating cookies or even frosting a cake.  Make several bowls of the frosting and tint various colors.  Use a frosting gun for decorating as well as red hots, colored sugar and even chile flakes such as caribe.  (If you do not have a frosting gun, use a small plastic bag such as a sandwich bag, fill to desired level, then take a tiny snip off one corner and use for decorating.)


Yield: about 2 ½ cups, enough for above recipe of cookies or 1, 2 layer 9 inch cake
1 box (1 pound) confectioners’ sugar
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon or more freshly grated lemon or orange rind
1 teaspoon Mexican vanilla
2 to 3 Tablespoons milk


1.  Combine the sugar, butter and salt together using an electric mixer on lowest speed.  Add rind,  vanilla and milk as needed to make a thick frosting.

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