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Chocolate Frosting for Surprise Cookies

Use this frosting with Surprise Cookies.

  • Yield: Makes 1 cup
Chocolate Frosting for Surprise Cookies


  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Place confectioners' sugar in a medium bowl. Whisk in butter and cocoa powder. Add milk and vanilla, and whisk until well combined.

Reviews (7)

  • Summerplace 5 Dec, 2014

    Made cookies several times from Martha's Cookie Book and always turned out great. The frosting recipe in her book is different than what is on the computer. Do not follow the recipe on the computer, it turns out too runny. Here is the recipe that is in her Cookie book and its perfect:
    3 cups confectioners' sugar
    6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
    1/4 cup plus 1 1/2 tea unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch-process)
    1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons whole milk
    3/4 teaspoon vanila

  • Summerplace 3 Jul, 2014

    I have made these many times and never have had a failure. But must say I make the ones in Martha's Cookie book. The recipe is the same except the book has a little more detail for the frosting which makes it very smooth and easy to spread. The instructions say " Put sugar in medium bowl. Melt butter with cocoa powder in a saucepan over medium-low heat, string occasionally. Add butter mixture to the confection's sugar. Whisk in milk and vanilla." I just use my hand mixer instead of a whisk.

  • tmmolnar 24 Feb, 2011

    I have a hard time with icing . Mine usually is lumpy and separates however this recipe was smooth and velvety . I loved it

  • smit1286 30 Jun, 2010

    This may sound crazy, but I am not typically a fan of homemade frosting prepared with confectioners' sugar. Perhaps it's too sweet or gritty or something. This recipes is an exception. It's wonderful. I suspect the butter has something to do with why I like it so much! It's very easy to make and is just the right amount for 2 dozen cookies.

  • vlam428 1 Dec, 2008

    This recipe is marvelous! I made it to go along with Martha's Surprise Cookies and they were exquisite!

  • lainin 2 Aug, 2008

    I make this frosting for my italian Chococlate Spice cookies. It is an old, very old recipe.

  • cmacosta 27 Jul, 2008

    This frosting is delicious! I made this recipe to frost Martha's Chocolate Surprise Cookies. Super easy to make!!!

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