Cookies/ Desserts

What To Do With Leftover Frosting

Maybe it’s just me…but every time I make a batch of cupcakes and  frosting, I always end up with leftover frosting.  It’s never enough frosting to use for a whole new dessert, so what is one to do with that little bit of leftover goodness?  Throw it away??  The horror!!  So I started thinking about easy ways to use up leftover frosting, no matter how much or little frosting you have leftover!  And any of these “recipes” can be put together with store bought frosting too!  As a bonus, at the end of this post, I also included a way to use up any leftover cake batter too 🙂

I made three dozen cupcakes for a birthday party last week, and topped the cupcakes with a batch of my vanilla buttercream frosting.  Whenever I am baking a cupcake order, I usually always error on the side of too much frosting, rather than getting to the last couple of cupcakes, only to see that I am out of frosting.  Because that suuuuuuuuuuuuuuucks when that happens.  So I seem to always have leftover frosting.  I hate wasting food (especially when it is something as good as homemade buttercream frosting!!), so I started to come up with some ideas on what I could do with my leftover frosting.

After baking and decorating cupcakes, I rarely feel like whipping up some new (from scratch) dessert to use the leftover frosting on, so I came up with some easy ideas on how to use my leftover frosting.

FROSTED GRAHAM CRACKERS WITH SPRINKLES

This is so easy!  But oh so good!  Just take store bought graham crackers (any flavor you want!), slather on your leftover frosting and top with sprinkles.  My inspiration for this easy treat came from way back when I was a kid.  My mom used to let me and my sis frost graham crackers and decorate with whatever sprinkles we wanted, as a special little treat.  Mom used store bought frosting, but I still remember those frosted graham crackers as the most amazing treat ever!  So this is a fun treat you can make with leftover frosting or buy a tub of frosting, graham crackers and fun sprinkles and let the kids go crazy!

 CHOCOLATE CHIP SANDWICH COOKIES

I had a snack size package of Mini Famous Amos Chocolate Chip Cookies sitting in the pantry, that were just begging for something to jazz em up with.  The perfect vessel for my leftover buttercream frosting!  Use any store bought cookie, spoon a little frosting on the bottom of one cookie and then add another cookie on top.  And voila!  An amazing cookie sandwich!  The hard crunchy cookies sandwiched with the smooth, creamy frosting makes for the perfect little treat!  Use your favorite store bought cookie.  This is also a great way to use up those half packages of cookies in the pantry!

FROSTED BROWNIES

So I did end up baking some brownies…with the intention of topping them with the leftover frosting I had.  Best.Idea.Ever.  My Better Than Box Mix Brownie recipe is so easy to make and way better than that box mix!!  The frosting on top was perfect too!

So there ya go!!  Some simple ideas for you, in case you have some leftover frosting that you need to use up!  Just adjust the variety of cookies and graham crackers depending on your flavor of leftover frosting!

Ok…now that I gave you some ideas on how to use up leftover frosting, how about using up a small amount of leftover cake batter??  If you have a small amount of cake batter left over, don’t throw it away!  Put the cake batter in a waffle maker the same way you would with waffle batter, and bake!  Super easy and so much fun!

So did anyone else grow up eating frosted graham crackers??  What is your favorite flavor of frosting?  Are you a scratch-made frosting person or a store bought frosting person??  What else can you do with leftover frosting??  Leave me a comment below and tell me about it!

XOXO,

Kelly

 

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26 Comments

  • Reply
    Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen
    April 20, 2017 at 6:41 AM

    Oh I love frosted graham crackers! They’re a childhood favorite for me too :). My mom rarely baked but when she did she’d usually reserve just enough frosting for my sister and me each to have a graham cracker and they were my favorite treat! I love your idea for using leftover cake batter too. Have a great weekend Kelly!

    • Reply
      Kelly
      April 20, 2017 at 2:21 PM

      Thanks Kelsie!! It’s so funny that you and I shared the same childhood memories about these frosted graham crackers 🙂 My husband had never had one, so now he is addicted 😉 XOXO

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    Lindsay | With Salt and Pepper
    April 20, 2017 at 11:43 AM

    I love leftover ideas!!! I literally just threw away two half containers of frosting from my son’s birthday last month with that ‘ugh’ feeling in my stomach because it feels so wasteful every time! These are perfect solutions to that 🙂 XO

    • Reply
      Kelly
      April 20, 2017 at 2:23 PM

      I know, right?!?! I have thrown so much frosting away….just because I did not feel like making something else to use it on. What a waste! Your kids would have fun with this little project though 🙂 XOXO

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    Momma
    April 20, 2017 at 11:56 AM

    Yummy, Kelly I’m glad to hear you have fond memories of frosted graham crackers! I haven’t had them since you girls were little, I may have to buy the stuff to make some when your nieces (my granddaughters) come to stay overnight 🙂 keep the memories coming! xoxoxo momma

    • Reply
      Kelly
      April 20, 2017 at 2:24 PM

      You gotta make it using my frosting recipe though 😉 Heheheh. Most of my desserts I make always bring me back to my childhood….because I had the best childhood and the best mom! Duh! XOXO 🙂

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        Anonymous
        April 20, 2017 at 2:44 PM

        I’ll definitely use your frosting recipe, I just didn’t know any better back then, haha . . . I’m glad you had a great childhood xoxoxo love you!

        • Reply
          Kelly
          April 20, 2017 at 2:45 PM

          Love you too momma!! XOXO

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    Love In My Oven
    April 20, 2017 at 2:40 PM

    Great, great post!! I don’t know if I’d really call leftover frosting a “problem” per say, but I often find myself in the same situation. The graham cracker idea is fantastic. Yum!!

    • Reply
      Kelly
      April 20, 2017 at 2:44 PM

      Thank you! Yeah…I guess not really a “problem” hehehehe…just me trying to use up everything without yummy frosting going to waste 🙂 XOXO

  • Reply
    ChocolaTess
    April 20, 2017 at 3:55 PM

    I remember lots of graham crackers with chocolate frosting…go figure?! I just threw away some frosting just a few days ago, not anymore! That vanilla frosting is to die for! 🙂

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      Kelly
      April 20, 2017 at 4:32 PM

      Mmmmm we used to eat graham crackers with chocolate frosting and sprinkles too! Hehehe so many great childhood memories. Glad I am not the only one that did that growing up! And no more throwing frosting away missy!! 😉 XOXO

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    GiGi Eats Celebrities
    April 20, 2017 at 7:52 PM

    Eating it off a spoon is not acceptable? LOL

    • Reply
      Kelly
      April 21, 2017 at 1:55 PM

      Oh no….it’s totally acceptable hehehehe….but in case you don’t want to dirty a spoon, you can use a graham cracker to shovel frosting into your mouth 😉 hahaha

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      Rachel Roe
      April 21, 2017 at 2:57 PM

      Haha, I was going to ask the same thing – What’s wrong with just grabbing a spoon and digging in? 🙂 I’m totally doing the graham cracker thing the next time I have leftover frosting!

      • Reply
        Kelly
        April 21, 2017 at 4:33 PM

        Hehehe nothing wrong with eating it with a spoon…I just like to go big or go home! Hahahahaha XOXO 🙂

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    Lydia
    April 21, 2017 at 5:17 PM

    I’m a homemade frosting girl all the way…the store bought stuff just tastes to fake to me. And we do the graham cracker thing too! In fact, my kids always hope that I make too much frosting just so they can enjoy frosted graham crackers! Never thought of the other 2 ideas though. Yum!

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      Kelly
      April 22, 2017 at 1:16 PM

      I am totally with you Lydia…once you have homemade frosting, store bought just doesn’t compare! And that is too cute that your kids hope for leftover frosting to put on graham crackers. It is so nice hearing that so many other people grew up doing that, and are continuing the tradition with their kids 🙂 XOXO

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    Maria Doss
    April 21, 2017 at 8:50 PM

    Though we don’t have much leftover frosting at home (thanks to my little helpers…), it is wonderful to have options!! Love all these ideas!

    • Reply
      Kelly
      April 22, 2017 at 1:12 PM

      Maria!!!! I have missed you! Thanks for coming by the blog! Glad you liked all the ideas for using up frosting! I bet your kids would have ball making the graham crackers with frosting and sprinkles! YUM! XOXO 😉

  • Reply
    Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures
    April 23, 2017 at 6:11 AM

    So Many great suggestions! Yum!

    • Reply
      Kelly
      April 23, 2017 at 12:18 PM

      Thank you Laura! XOXO 🙂

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    laura70ak
    April 23, 2017 at 10:56 PM

    So I guess I said I never have leftover frosting BUT I actually meant I use it on graham crackers! Best snack EVER!

    • Reply
      Kelly
      April 24, 2017 at 8:43 AM

      It totally is the best snack ever, Laura!! I completely agree 🙂 XOXO

  • Reply
    Colleen
    April 24, 2017 at 1:35 PM

    Great tips…it seems like there’s always leftover frosting!

    • Reply
      Kelly
      April 24, 2017 at 3:46 PM

      Thanks Colleen!! I had fun putting this little post together….and even more fun eating what I came up with hehehe. XOXO 🙂

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