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Vegan Coconut Buttercream Frosting

Our journey to making vegan sugar cookies for Christmas included the challenge of how to make vegan buttercream frosting. We ended up using making a vegan coconut buttercream frosting which paired well with our cookies.

Ingredients Needed For Vegan Coconut Buttercream Frosting

To make a vegan coconut buttercream frosting you need to add a few things to your pantry.

  • Coconut Butter – is made from raw dried shredded coconut. It is a delicious blend that can be used in place of butter for baking. I used the Marantha brand but have also tried the Activa brand.
  • Coconut Milk
  • Maple Syrup – you could substitute coconut sugar if you prefer
  • Powdered Sugar

Tips for Vegan Baking

I am learning that in vegan baking you look at the bowl and think this will never work, yet somehow it does. The textures are different and it takes a little practice, trial and error to find what works for you.

Softened the coconut butter by placing it in a glass bowl and microwave in a minute or 30-second intervals, but be careful not to overheat.

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plate of sugar cookies topped with Vegan Buttercream frosting

Vegan Coconut Buttercream Frosting

Vegan buttercream frosting using coconut butter
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Prep Time:10 mins
Total Time:10 mins


  • 1/4 cup coconut butter
  • 2 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons milk of coconut milk or other nut milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice


  • In a small bowl, cream the coconut butter until smooth, about 3 to 5 minutes, with a hand blender on high speed.
  • Add half the confectioner’s sugar, half the milk, and all the vanilla and lemon juice. Combine on medium speed with the hand blender until smooth and creamy.
  • Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Blend in the remaining confectioner’s sugar in 1/4 cup increments, until you get the desired results. Blend in more milk to thin out, as necessary.
  • Divide into bowls, color and frost.
Course: Cookies
Keyword: cookies, desserts, frosting, vegan
Servings: 1 cup
Author: Cheri Liefeld