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Dec
5
2018

Peppermint Candy Cane Crunch Buttercream Frosting

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My Peppermint Candy Cane Crunch Buttercream Frosting for your favorite cupcakes, cakes and cookies….or with a spoon!  Buttercream frosting at it’s finest!
Buttercream Frosting

Buttercream frosting is so simple to make and goes perfectly with cupcakes, cakes, graham crackers and even just right on a spoon!

Why is buttercream icing so good?  Well I guess because it is mostly butter and sugar, ha!  I am in love with this peppermint crunch frosting.  It is good enough to eat right from a spoon or use it to frost your favorite baked goods.  It’s really good with graham crackers too!  Christmas recipes are so much fun to prepare with family and friends!

Break out some butter and be prepared to fall in love with this recipe!

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How To Make Buttercream Frosting

Buttercream Frosting

Cream the butter until light and well combined.  With beater running, slowly add powdered sugar.

Buttercream Frosting

Those of you that use essential oils, go find your peppermint one.  Use 10 drops.  If you don’t have essential oils, use 2 teaspoons of peppermint extract that you can find in the baking section of your grocery store.

Buttercream Frosting

I cannot say enough about this bag of crushed candy canes.  It’s made for baking, so it doesn’t get all melty and sticky.  I found it at World Market…$2.99.  I need to go grab another bag, it’s awesome.

Buttercream Frosting

Add 1/4 cup crushed candy canes to the frosting, beating to combine.

Buttercream Frosting
I mean come on!! This stuff is dangerously delicious.  Enjoy!

What’s The Difference Between Buttercream and Traditional Frosting?

Great question!

Both buttercream and frosting are made with powdered sugar, fat, flavoring and sometimes milk or water. The difference is the type of fat they use.

Frosting is usually made with shortening or cream cheese. That’s why frosting is a good option if you want a bright white cake — buttercream often has a yellowish tint.  However, shortening-based frostings can have a slight chemical taste. This is because unlike butter, shortening has no flavor, making it easier to taste any artificial flavorings from colorings or other additives.

Buttercream is a butter-based frosting. Butter gives the icing a richer and creamier taste, and it can also cut down on the sweetness.  For silky smooth buttercream, make sure your butter is at room temperature. Chilled butter is tricky to cream.

Peppermint Candy Cane Crunch Buttercream Frosting
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: buttercream frosting, buttercream frosting recipe, buttercream icing, buttercream icing recipe
Servings: 12
Calories: 175 kcal
Ingredients
  • 2 sticks salted butter softened
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 10 drops Peppermint essential oil or 2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 1/2 cup crushed candy cane pieces for baking
Instructions
  1. 2 sticks salted butter, unsalted
  2. 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  3. 10 drops Peppermint essential oil or 2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  4. 1/2 cup crushed candy cane pieces for baking
  5. Directions
  6. Place butter into stand mixer and beat until well combined. Slowly add powdered sugar, peppermint and candy cane pieces. Beat until combined, but be cautious to not over mix. Remove and store in an airtight container for up to 7-10 days. If you refrigerate, thaw to room temperature before using.
  7. Use frosting for your favorite cakes, cupcakes and cookies....and crackers...and with a spoon.
  8. Makes Enough frosting for 12 cupcakes or a 9 inch cake.
Recipe Notes

Use frosting for your favorite cakes, cupcakes and cookies....and crackers...and with a spoon. Makes Enough frosting for 12 cupcakes or a 9 inch cake.

Nutrition Facts
Peppermint Candy Cane Crunch Buttercream Frosting
Amount Per Serving
Calories 175
% Daily Value*
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 44g 15%
Sugars 41g
Iron 0.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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