Cream Cheese Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

Cream Cheese Cut-Out Sugar Cookies...love this recipe!

These Cream Cheese Cut-Out Sugar Cookies are some of my favorites…the cream cheese gives them great flavor and helps keep  them soft!

Cut-Out Cookies are my kid’s favorites…I am sure this isn’t exclusive to my house. Sure they like to eat them, but the decoration part is what they love the best…

That is until they have iced and sprinkled 3 cookies each and then they’re over it, leaving me with a good 30 cookies to decorate on my own.

Yeah, every year.

This year I’m switching up the usual cookie game we play.

I’m making fluffy frosting to spread on the cookies. The end.

No piping bags this year, no little metal balls on the cookie that crack out fillings…nope, none of it. Plus, we all know fluffy frosting > royal icing. It’s a no brainer.

I decided to switch up my usual sugar cookie recipe as well this year (go big or go home, right?) with this fabulous Cream Cheese Cookie recipe. The cream cheese adds delicious flavor to the cookie, and also helps keep them soft. But they totally hold shape when cutting them out with cutters. It might be the perfect recipe!

Cream Cheese Cut-Out Sugar Cookies...love this recipe, such a creamy yummy sugar cookie that stays soft!

And of course I used PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese. PHILADELPHIA uses fresh local milk and real wholesome cream, and is farm to fridge in just 6 days, which is pretty stellar. And the fact that there are no preservatives in the 8 oz traditional cream cheese which makes feel confident about feeding my family!

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Another secret to this recipe is the use of just egg yolks…this adds to the richness of the batter!

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Once you make the dough and chill it, you can go ahead and roll it out. I like thick cookies, so I roll it to about a 1/2 inch thick.

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You can use simple circle cutters…

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Or get fancy for the holidays!

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Just bake them up until they are lightly golden at the edges and let them cool before icing.

Perfect Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies...topped with dreamy cream cheese frosting!

Again, I topped mine with a fluffy and creamy Cream Cheese Frosting, but if you want to get detailed here is the recipe for my royal icing!

Love this recipe for Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies.. they stay so soft!

These cookies are just the best!

4.6 from 15 reviews
Cream Cheese Cut-Out Sugar Cookies
 
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Serves: 36 large cut out cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 (8 oz) brick PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, room temp
  • 2 cups butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 5¼ cups flour
Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 4 oz butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. In bowl of stand mixer beat cream cheese and butter until creamy, about 2 minutes, scraping sides as necessary.
  2. Add sugar and beat for an additional 3 minutes. Mixture should be fluffy and pale in color. Turn mixer to medium-low and add in egg yolks, vanilla and salt and mix until combined.
  3. Finally turn mixer to low and slowly add in flour. Mix just until all flour is incorporated.
  4. Chill dough for at least 2 hours.
  5. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350° and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Remove dough from fridge and in portions, roll dough to ½ inch thick on a floured surface. Using cookie cutters cut dough and place onto prepared baking sheet. Cookies won't spread too much.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes, depending on how large the cookies you are baking are.
  8. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before icing.
Frosting
  1. Cream together butter and cream cheese until smooth. Slowly add in powdered sugar and turn the mixer up to medium high and beat until smooth and creamy.
  2. Color with food coloring if desired.
Notes
Store cookies airtight at room temperature for up to a week. Or freeze for up to a month.
Store frosting refrigerated in an airtight container for up to a week.

 * I was compensated for this post by PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese. I love their product, and use it in my kitchen regularly. All opinions are my own.

 

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Oliva Ohlson
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Thank you for sharing your recipe. Cookies look delicious!

Heather Baird
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I’ll have the blue one with the marshmallows. 🙂

Catherine
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Beautiful cookies. Catherine

Jessica @ Sweet Menu
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Cookie perfection right here! Cream cheese – pure brilliance!

Joanne
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Is there any other way to make these other than cut-out? I make a dozen different cookies at Christmas. Cut-outs are a bit time consuming. Also I am looking for an icing recipe that is similar to the bakery style of this kind of cookie
I believe they are called Lofthouse. Is this similar?

Shelby
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If you aren’t overly worried about presentation you can always roll out the dough and cut it into squares with a pizza cutter. It won’t be gorgeous but it will save a lot of time and work just the same

Jenny Flake
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The BEST!! Love your festive photos! xo

Urvashee
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Those itty bitty marshmallows look so cute on the cookies. I’m a big fan of cream cheese frosting but have never put them on cookies. Must try! Happy holidays!!

Brooke
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I know it’s not going to harden up like royal icing, but did the cream cheese frosting stiffen up enough to stack these? I trying to make like little goodie bags for gifts but I’m not sure if these would hold up or not…and I hate dealing with royal icing.

Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie
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Cream cheese wins me over every time. I must try these. I used to make cut out cookies for every holiday growing up, my family has the craziest array of cutter shapes!

Michelle @ Modern Acupuncture
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These are so darn cute! I love that you used pastel colors instead of the typical holiday green and red. It’s a nice change of pace. My coworker and I have been looking for a super soft sugar cookie recipe – can’t wait to share this with her!

Amanda
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Perfect cookies!! They look so good 🙂

Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts
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these look amazing!! I can’t wait to make them!

katie
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Can margarine be used instead of butter or is it strictly butter?

Malinda @countrysidecravings
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I sometimes wish my kids would burn out after 3 cookies just to save me the never ending clean up of sprinkles!!! I am such a bad mom for saying that but when your still finding sprinkles in June enough is enough. 🙂

Linda
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These turned out delicious! And the dough was great to handle and easy to cut out cookie shapes! Thank you! 🙂

Patty
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i made these today and they were awesome! Came out just as you described! Thanks!

Anne
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Shelly, your cookies look beautiful and the recipe sounds tasty! Thanks for the photos, too. I especially like your well used rolling pin! It looks a lot like the last one I owned! I’m going to try these. After they cool, I’ll taste them to see if I want to try a variety of frostings so the cookie plate looks as pretty as it tastes.

Anne
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P.S. I’m a fan of Philly cream cheese, too!

Jill
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When freezing is that scrictly the dough or the cooked cookie?

Deb
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No making soda or powder?

Kate
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How long can I leave the dough in the fridge before baking it? I know you say your chocolate chip dough can be in for a long time – will this be okay for a day or two if I can’t get around to baking them?

Lori
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Thank you! Made these this evening and they are so good. Didn’t ice them yet. But the cookie alone is very good. Easy to roll out as long as you Keep the dough chilled.

Laura @ Laura
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These cookies look so soft! What a fun activity to do with your kids!

MzLadyCAH
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Self rising or all purpose flour?

Ashley
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Hi! I will be trying these cookies tomorrow. Is it possible to turn this icing into “royal icing”? Meaning making it more liquidity for filling in details and more stiff for outlining details?

krissy
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Can you freeze the cookie with the frosting on already?

Thanks!!

April
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Can you freeze these cookies with the frosting on them or just unfrosted? I want to have them decorated and ready to go but want to freeze them and take them out a few days before they are needed.

gabby
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the smoothest nicest dough I’ve ever made. love the flavour and texture the cream cheese adds. will definitely make again and again.

Betty
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Salted or unsalted butter?

Linda S.
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Could I use a whole egg instead of 2 yolks? Thanks!

erin
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After frosting the cookies, do they need to be refrigerated since there is cream cheese?

Marilyn
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5 Stars! Love these cookies! I added a teaspoon of almond extract along with the vanilla. Perfect! Thanks Shelly!

Ashely
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These tasted ok, but the texture is off. THey ended up really flat and thin even though I rolled them out thick. They need baking powder or baking soda. IT’s like a thick cracker. Can’t serve these.

Patti
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These sound delicious. Can you use lite cream cheese or does it have to be regular?

Stephanie
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What size cookie cutter did you use?

Susan
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Great recipe! Just made them, but they not make it to the decorating phase. My family is enjoying them “naked” – as my 3 yr old would say.

Leslie Bruckman
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Are they soft and chewy or soft and cakey?

Heather M
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These are cooling on my counter right now. I can’t believe how light they are. I can’t wait for them to cool so I can try the frosting. The cookies are just the right amount of sweet too. A+

Jess
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Should the cream cheese be room temp or cold before creaming with the butter for the cookie batter?

Ashley
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Can you just put sugar or cinnamon and sugar on these cookies instead of icing and they still taste good?

Suzanne
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I don’t have parchment paper can I just spray my cookie sheet with cooking spray ?

Jenny
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Two cups of butter, not two sticks? That is a lot of butter!

Suz
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Dare I ask — Can I use low fat cream cheese???? That’s all I have on hand….

Jeannie
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Good lord are these cookies yummy. I froze half the dough and then ended up using it a few days later cause I ate the rest of the dough before they even made it to the oven. The finished version is just as good, and oh the cream cheese frosting. This will be forever, my go to sugar cookie recipe. Thank you!!!
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Kaye
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Do these hold their shape when using cutters other than circle? My kids (well ok, I) can’t have blobby looking shapes 🙂 Merry Christmas!

Kim T
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Can the recipe be adapted to make chocolate sugar cookies?

Caitlyn R
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I just made the dough for these. The dough seemed a bit sticky when I finished mixing the flour. Will it firm up in the fridge or should I have added more flour? I had to leave the dough in the mixing bowl because I was afraid of ruining the dough by transferring it to cling wrap.

Caitlyn R
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Thank you!

Casandra
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All i have is country crock Calcium plus Vitamin D spread, will that work?

Casandra
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I only have Country Crock calcium plus Vitamin D, will that work? (Somehow my comment went missing? )

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