I think this is my favorite icing I have ever made. This goes well on carrot cake, sugar cookies, and anything else that cream cheese frosting complements well.
2/3 c. shortening (I used Spectrum Palm Shortening, but Crisco should work)
8 oz. cream cheese (I used Daiya- it’s dairy free)
2 2/3 c. plus 1/4 c. powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp lemon juice, optional, but I used it
Using a stand mixer, whip the shortening. Add the cream cheese and continue whipping. Add the powdered sugar gradually (in about 3 additions) and continue whipping. Add vanilla and lemon juice and whip again. Sets up nicely in the fridge. Here it is on top of my sugar cookies: