Nicole Carey

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January 26, 2021

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The Best Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe!

Well! Your life is going to change after you make the best Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Frosting EVER!

You are going to want to put this on just about everything in your life! This is my go-to frosting for all things! I put it on my Carrot Cake, Red Velvet Cake & Sugar Cookies!

Understanding this Recipe

Here’s some questions to help you understand all aspects to this recipe! If you have any further questions, please ask away in the comments below!

What kind of cream cheese do you recommend?

We want the regular good ol’ cream cheese for this recipe! My favorite brand is Philadelphia Cream Cheese!! I buy the tub of full-fat cream cheese from Costco and measure it into a cup. You can also buy an 8 oz. block of full-fat cream cheese from the grocery store. DO NOT buy low-fat, whipped, or a spread! You will have runny cream cheese frosting!

What if my frosting is thicker than I want?

If your frosting comes out thicker than you’d like, add a little splash of milk or heavy cream until it is your desired consistency!

What if my frosting is thinner than I want?

If your frosting comes out thinner than you’d like, add a little extra powdered sugar until it is your desired consistency. This frosting is very customizable!

Does cream cheese frosting need to be refridgerated?

Once frosting is made, don’t leave the frosting out of refrigeration longer than 8 hours! This includes baked goods with the frosting applied! If you are making it in advance it can stay in the fridge for up to three days and in the freezer up to a month! Be sure to store any leftovers in an airtight container!

Can this frosting be piped?

Yes, this frosting can definitely be piped! You will want to add more powdered sugar if you do so! Be sure to refrigerate the frosting for 20-30 minutes before piping in order for it to be a little bit easier! Cream cheese frosting will always be less sturdy than buttercream, keep that in mind when choosing your design.

What is the Sugar Cookie Recipe shown above?

Click HERE for the BEST Sugar Cookie Recipe that is shown with this frosting above!

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The Best Cream Cheese Frosting!

  • Author: Nicole Carey
  • Total Time: 10 minutes


The BEST cream cheese frosting you’ll ever have! Vanilla Bean Paste elevates this frosting beyond any other recipe you’ve tried! Perfect for use on cakes, cupcakes or cookies!


  • 1/2 Cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 8 oz or 1 Cup of cream cheese, softened 
  • 1 Tb. Vanilla Bean Paste
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt
  • 4 cups Powdered Sugar, sifted


  1. Beat softened unsalted butter and softened cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer or in a bowl with a electric hand mixer. It should be lump-free and creamy!
  2. Add vanilla bean paste and salt! Mix until combined.
  3. With your mixer on low, add sifted powdered sugar slowly until completely combined.
  4. Enjoy! Frost your cooled cake, cookies or cupcakes!


Don’t leave frosting out of refrigeration longer than 8 hours. It can be stored for up to three days in the fridge or up to a month in the freezer in an air-tight container!

This frosting can be piped beautifully!

If your frosting comes out thicker than you’d like, add a little splash of milk or heavy cream until it is your desired consistency! 

If your frosting comes out thinner than you’d like, add a little more powdered sugar until it is your desired consistency!

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Category: Dessert, Cookies, Cupcakes
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie spread liberally
  • Calories: 35
  • Sugar: <1g
  • Sodium: 15mg
  • Fat: 4g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Carbohydrates: <1g
  • Protein: <1g
  • Cholesterol: 10mg

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  1. Sheryl Coldwell says:

    Your site is simply gorgeous! Recipes have great tips too!

    • Nicole Carey says:

      Thank you Sheryl! I’m glad I can bring value through these recipes! Can’t wait to see how yours turn out!! xo, NC

  2. Michelle Gorin says:

    Wow! This frosting recipe is absolutely perfect! The measurements are just right and the consistency is so easy to work with. I love how rich and creamy it is! I plan on using this recipe for a carrot cake or red velvet cupcakes next time!

    • Nicole Carey says:

      I completely agree! It is rich, creamy and SO yummy! I love how you did white frosting on your cookies! A girl of my own heart! xo, Nicole Carey!

  3. Maddie says:

    Made this frosting for Nicole’s heart shaped sugar cookies… 10/10 and I don’t like frosting. I’m a convert and I could eat this out of the bowl with a spoon lol so good!

  4. Taylor says:

    Cream cheese frosting is my fave & it’s hard to find a recipe I actually like but this was amazing & paired perfectly with Nicole’s sugar cookie recipe too🤤🤤 you NEED to try this❤️

  5. Tiffany Mitton says:

    So divine it belongs in the Heavens! We added a little cinnamon to ours to give it a churro flavor since we were sharing some of the baked love with friends for a Mexican themed night. So versatile!

    • Nicole Carey says:

      HOLY heaven most definitely!!! You added cinnamon?! This sounds incredible!! I need to try this next time. How creative! xo, Nicole Carey!

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