Cream Cheese Cut Out Sugar Cookies

These Cream Cheese Cut Out Sugar Cookies are my favorite cut out sugar cookie recipe. The cream cheese gives these classic cookies a great flavor and helps keep them soft!

Image of Cream Cheese Cut Out Sugar Cookies with cream cheese frosting and sprinkles

Cream Cheese Cut Out Sugar Cookies

Cut Out Sugar 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. First I’m making this cream cheese cut out sugar cookies recipe. PLUS I’m making fluffy frosting to spread on the cookies. 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.

This is such a fantastic cut out sugar cookie recipe because it includes the addition of cream cheese. 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!

Cream Cheese Cut Out Sugar Cookies Recipe

Besides the cream cheese, 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.

Rolling out cream cheese sugar cookie dough

You can use simple circle cutters…

Cream Cheese Cookies can be cut out with cookie cutters

Or get fancy for the holidays!

How to make cream cheese cut out sugar cookies

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 cream cheese cut out sugar cookies are just the best!

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Cream Cheese Cut Out Sugar Cookies

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 36 large cookies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description:

These Cream Cheese Cut Out Sugar Cookies are my favorite cut out sugar cookie recipe. The cream cheese gives these classic cookies a great flavor and helps keep them soft!


Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 cups butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 5 1/4 cups flour

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 4 ounces 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 1/2 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.

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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163 Responses
  1. Susan

    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.

  2. Ashely

    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.

    1. Shelly

      That’s so strange that you had that result. I haven’t heard of anyone else with that issue, and I have never had it either and I make these all the time.

  3. gabby

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

  4. April

    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.

  5. Ashley

    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?

  6. Lori

    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.

  7. Kate

    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?

  8. Anne

    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.

  9. Brooke

    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.

  10. Joanne

    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?

    1. Shelby

      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

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