Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies

Cream cheese sugar cookies are a perfectly soft, melt-in-your-mouth cutout cookie! They are easy to make and fun to decorate.

The cream cheese gives them a great flavor and they really hold their shape. These pillowy soft cookies will make you question why you’ve ever made any other type of sugar cookie. Try topping this beauties with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting, Chocolate Buttercream Frosting, or Royal Icing.

Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies cut into circles and stars

They’re So Soft!

We love a good sugar cookie at our house. They are so fun to make, and even more fun to eat. Cream cheese sugar cookies are soft, tender, and chewy with incredible flavor.

The kids will really enjoy cutting these to fun shapes as they really hold their form. We love to decorate cookies for all of the special occasions, and this recipe is a fave.

You can even make these cookies several days ahead. They stayed really fresh and soft stored in an airtight container. Just whip up some royal icing when you are ready to decorate!

Cream cheese sugar cookie dough in a mixing bowl

How to Make Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies

DOUGH. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the sugar, butter, and cream cheese until well blended. Add the almond extract, vanilla extract, and egg yolk, and mix until combined. Add the flour and salt, and mix to form a soft dough.

SHAPE & REFRIGERATE. Shape the dough into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, until firm.

PREP. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375. Line 3 baking sheets with parchment or silicone liners.

ROLL & CUT. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to ¼ inch thick. Cut the dough into desired shapes with cookie cutters, placing one inch apart on prepared baking sheets.

BAKE. Bake 8-10 minutes, until light golden brown around the edges. Let cool completely before frosting.

  • Why chill the dough? There are some sugar cookie recipes that do not require chilling. However, due to the butter and cream cheese in this recipe it is a must. Chilling the dough allows all the flavors to meld together. Chilled dough dries out a little bit creating the perfect sugar cookie texture. Chilled dough will roll out easier and make cleaner cookie cutouts that will hold their shape better in the oven

Sugar cookie dough wrapped in plastic wrap

Cookie Tips

Just a few things to keep in mind in making these sugar cookies with cream cheese:

  • Allow the butter and cream cheese to soften a bit before mixing them. They will mix together much easier. Be careful that you do not let them soften too much otherwise the cookies will be too oily.
  • Don’t over mix: This is especially important with sugar cookies since you will be further working the dough as you roll it out. When you add the dry ingredients, mix until it is just incorporated. 
  • Do not let sugar cookies brown in the oven. Pull them out just as they are setting, then allow them to cool on the baking pan. The heat from the pan will further cook them before they begin to cool off. 

Favorite Frosting Recipes: Leave them plain or dress them up with some frosting! Here are a few of our favorites:

Cutting out heart shaped cookies

Cream cheese sugar cookies on a baking sheet

Making Ahead, Storing + Freezing

Ahead of time: Since this dough needs chilling you are already preparing the dough the day before. If you want to keep it in the fridge for longer, a tightly wrapped ball of dough can last for 4-5 days before baking it. To further extend storage you’ll want to wrap it a second time with foil and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Storage: Store sugar cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for 4-5 dyas. To help keep the cookies softer longer, place a piece of white bread into the container as well. If you are storing frosted sugar cookies, be sure that the frosting has set before you stack them. Also, use wax paper to separate layers when stacking.

Freezer: Unfrosted cookies hold up better than those with frosting, but both can be stored in the freezer. Wrap them individually, or separate layers with wax paper, and place them into a freezer safe storage container. Freeze for up to 3 months.

Close up of different shaped cream cheese sugar cookies

FOR More Sugar Cookie Recipes:

Cream Cheese Sugar Cookie Recipe

5 from 26 votes
Cream cheese sugar cookies are a perfectly soft, melt-in-your-mouth cutout cookie! They are easy to make and fun to decorate.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 18 minutes
Servings 36 cookies
Calories 105 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the sugar, butter, and cream cheese until well blended. Add the almond extract, vanilla extract, and egg yolk, and mix until combined. Add the flour and salt, and mix to form a soft dough. Shape the dough into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, until firm.
  • When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375. Line 3 baking sheets with parchment or silicone liners. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to ¼ inch thick. Cut the dough into desired shapes with cookie cutters, placing one inch apart on prepared baking sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes, until light golden brown around the edges. Let cool completely before frosting.

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  1. 5 stars
    I like the sugar cookie recipe with the cream cheese frosting. Thank you so much my twin daughters like these I made them last year, so I will be making g them again for Christmas. Have a blessed Christmas. Tanya Anderson

  2. 5 stars
    Finally got around to making our annual Christmas cutout cookies- this recipe is our favorite! The almond extract in both the cookie and the frosting make them sooo yummy! 😋

    1. Yes, you could definitely try! You may need to adjust baking times if the cookies are a bit thicker to make sure they are cooked enough, but still soft. You’ll have to let us know how they turn out. 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    All of your recipes are truly my favorite! When wanting to try something new, I ALWAYS go to your website first to see if you’ve got a recipe. Today my kids and I are making some Halloween cookies and I’m using this recipe for the dough. It’s PERFECT!!! 🙂 forever have this bookmarked in my FAVS!

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