Cream Cheese Cookies

Cream cheese cookies are soft and delicate. These sweet morsels will be ready for eating in just over 20 minutes!

Similar to Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies, these little gems are simply delish! But unlike traditional Chewy Sugar Cookies, these take much less time. A cookie that comes together this quickly and tastes this good is sure to make your go-to list!!

Cream cheese cookies stacked on a white plate, covered in powdered sugar

Pillowy Magic

These easy cream cheese cookies are soft and delicate. The cream cheese adds a layer of flavor and softness to the cookies, making these mouth-watering bites! Best yet, they come together very quickly with only a few ingredients.

The cream cheese make these pillowy cookies soft, moist, and chewy. They are what I would imagine eating a cloud would be like! They are simply magical.

Dust these simply with powdered sugar, or try a colored sugar for special occasions. They look especially sweet on cookie trays or as part of a spread. Spritz Cookies and No-Roll Sugar Cookies are perfect compliments that can also be decorated to suit the event!

Cream cheese cookie recipe ingredients mixed in a bowl

How to make cream cheese cookies

PREP. Lightly grease a cookie sheet and set it aside. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

CREAM. Add the butter, cream cheese, and sugar to a large mixing bowl and cream it together until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolk and vanilla and beat. Finally, add the flour and stir until it is well blended.

SCOOP. Use a cookie scoop to scoop dough out, roll into a ball and place on a greased cookie sheet. Slightly pat down.

BAKE. Bake the cookies for 15 minutes. The cookies will be pale. Sift Powdered Sugar to the top of the cookies.

Cream cheese cookies rolled into balls and placed on cookie sheet

Toppings & Tips

These cream cheese cookies look quite simple plain, but are absolutely delicious. If you wish you can add different toppings such as

  • Dust with powdered sugar after being baked
  • Roll the dough balls in sprinkles before baking
  • Roll the dough balls in cinnamon sugar before baking
  • Drizzle baked cookies with white chocolate

Cream cheese: make sure you use full fat and the kind that comes in a brick, not from a tub. 

Softened ingredients: Make sure that the butter and cream cheese are softened, but not too soft otherwise the cookies will spread too much. If that happens stick the remaining dough in the fridge to chill before baking more cookies.

Color: These cookies need to be pale in color. If they begin to brown, then they are overcooked. 

Cream cheese cookies baked and spaced on a cookie sheet

Storing & Freezing

STORE these cream cheese cookies in dough form or after being baked.

  • Dough: shape the dough into balls and flash freeze them. You do this by lining the dough balls on a pan and placing them in the freezer. Once they are solid transfer them to a freezer Ziploc. The dough can be frozen for 4-6 months.
  • Baked: Once the cookies cool they can be stored in an airtight container for 4-5 days.

To FREEZE place each cookie in a fold top sandwich bag and store them together in a freezer Ziploc. Having them separated helps them to not stick together and they are easy to grab and stick in my kids’ lunch boxes. Frozen cookies can last for up to 3 months.

Easy cream cheese cookies stacked on a white plate powdered with sugar

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Cream Cheese Cookies Recipe

4.91 from 10 votes
Cream cheese cookies are soft and delicate. These sweet morsels will be ready for eating in just over 20 minutes!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 36
Calories 287 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

Instructions
 

  • Lightly grease a cookie sheet and set it aside. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  • Add the butter, cream cheese, and sugar to a large mixing bowl and cream it together until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolk and vanilla and beat. Finally, add the flour and stir until it is well blended.
  • Use a cookie scoop to scoop dough out, roll into a ball and place on a greased cookie sheet. Slightly pat down.
  • Bake the cookies for 15 minutes. The cookies will be pale. Sift Powdered Sugar to the top of the cookies.

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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. 5 stars
    I am usually a chocolate chip cookie girl, but these are amazing!! They are so soft & pillowy! I will definitely make them again!

  2. 5 stars
    These cookies look amazing and so yummy! I made these with my daughter the other night and they turned out great! I’m so glad I can freeze them too. Definitely making these again!

  3. 5 stars
    I was a little sceptical about these cookies, but they turned out wonderfully. The flavor and texture was very good.

  4. 5 stars
    These cookies are very good! Not to mention adorable. I did make the mistake of trying one that wasn’t completely cooled yet and I thought they were just ‘okay’ but then I tried them again and I love them!! They are also the easiest cookie in the whole world! 🥲 Thank you!

  5. Hey Kristyn. I’m planning on making this on Saturday. I just want to clarify on when the powder sugar should be added. Should it be added when the cookies are right out the oven or after they cool?

  6. 5 stars
    One of “the best” cookies I’ve ever baked. Easy recipe with amazing results. I made half with powdered sugar and the other half with drizzled white chocolate as recommended. Wonderful as a gift – delicate and classy! Thank you so much!

  7. 5 stars
    I’ve also used yellow cake mix in place of flour in another very similar cookie recipe. I lost that one so I’m going to have to try that with this recipe.

  8. Followed the recipe…there is no way to scoop and roll in your hand as the dough is very wet. I put the bowl in the fridge for a bit..hoping for the best.