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How To Make Peppermint Buttercream Frosting

How on God’s green earth has it taken me THIS LONG to make a fabulous peppermint buttercream frosting? I am the mint girl! I love mint flavoured anything, from sweet to savory dishes. This is one of my very favourite buttercream frostings yet!

Peppermint Buttercream Icing

To not combine my love of my Best Buttercream Icing recipe with my mint obsession is simply criminal, that’s the only way to put it!

I finally made it for my newest cookie recipe for the Safeway Canada Table Talk blog, where I put together some Christmas Peppermint cookie sandwiches. Oh, those are some good dang cookies folks, you need to head on over there and check those babies out. Mint and chocolate and icing…yes please!


Now that I’ve perfected my peppermint buttercream frosting, it’s time to share it with all of you. A few tips for it:

  • Don’t add the candy canes. They weep. You will ruin the icing.
  • Play with the cream amount to make it thicker (less) or whippier (more cream)
  • Play with the amount of mint flavoring. Go nuts
  • Use salted butter, make sure its a good quality one. Remember, if it tastes good plain off the spoon, it will be killer in your icing!

You also can double/triple this recipe, I made it for cookies only so it’s a smaller recipe than I usually make. It would ice only about 6 cupcakes – but I am a heavy icer! Obviously you know that there are recipes coming up uses this icing, because I couldn’t just make the icing by itself.

Well, I could. And I could eat it straight off the spoon and that wouldn’t be wrong. Right?

Happy Baking!






How To Make Peppermint Buttercream Icing

  • Author: Karlynn Johnston
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Total Time: 5 min
  • Yield: will frost 12 cupcakes
  • Category: icing


How to make creamy, delicious peppermint buttercream icing, a must have for mint lovers!


  • 1/2 cup of salted butter
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 tsp peppermint flavoring
  • 2/3 cup of crushed candy canes – for decorating later


  1. Using the paddle attachment on a mixer, beat the butter until it’s smooth.
  2. Add in the icing sugar, bit by bit, continuously beating.
  3. Add in the cream and peppermint extract.
  4. Whip until completely smooth.
  5. Use the candy canes as garnish.
  6. This will double and triple easily.


  • Serving Size: 12

Nutritional information is only an estimate. Actual nutritional numbers will vary due to cooking methods, your ingredient measurements and brands of products used.

How To Make Peppermint Buttercream Frosting, salted butter and heavy cream are my secret ingredients! Trust me, this is the best icing ever! #frosting #icing #recipe #dessert


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  • Reply
    Sabine Dumdei Vanderkley
    November 22, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Hmmm I might have to practice this weekend.

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    November 22, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    more and more modest, I meant 😉

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    November 22, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    It’s really good! Give it a whirl!

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    November 22, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    Have fun!

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    November 22, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    Just remember candy canes weep! They go on last and right before serving them! The icing tastes great without them, they just add to it!

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    November 22, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Just eat it with a spoon, s’ok.

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    November 22, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Yes to the chocolate and yes my recipe is the best, HA! How modest, eh? It is though, I can’t find a bakery/cupcake place that makes it better so I’m always disappointed now with anyone else’s. (I get more modest and modest, don’t I)

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    Jane Dowdall Miska
    November 22, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Oh my – I want a big bowl of that right now!!!

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    Sabine Dumdei Vanderkley
    November 22, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Thank you!!! perfect timing as this is what I wanted to do this holiday season for the school!

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    Sheryl L McDonald
    November 22, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Uh yum! I just printed the recipe!

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    Jennifer Print
    November 22, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    your buttercream icing is amazing… ive tried countless recipes and yours is my go-to! Cant wait to try this… maybe on chocolate cake =)

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    The Food Charlatan
    November 22, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    That is beautiful Karlynn! I’ve never made peppermint buttercream. How?? That sounds amazing!

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