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 Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield Yield: 36 large cookies 1x
  • Category Category: Dessert
  • Method Method: Oven
  • Cuisine 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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Emmelyn Caldwell
June 4, 2020 7:22 pm

this is ok not the best i will say though very time consuming but super good also very hard to make

Becky
December 26, 2019 11:16 am

I wanted to love these cookies but I didn’t. They lacked flavor even though I added a teaspoon of almond extract in accordance with the feedback from someone else. Given the amount of four, I think this recipe would benefit from double the vanilla extract plus a teaspoon of almond extract.

Andrea
December 23, 2019 5:01 pm

They are good, but I miss the traditional sugar cookie taste. Also, I divided my dough in thirds and gave up after making 2/3 of them. 48 cookies!!! I really don’t want to throw away the rest, how long can the unbaked dough be refrigerated or frozen?

April
December 6, 2019 2:36 pm

This will be my second year making these and I’m so excited to do so. I cut the recipe in half and made half regular and half chocolate. For the chocolate half, I omitted 1/2 cup of flour and replaced it with 1/2 cup of cocoa powder, could have probably done less, but they were really good. We are having a cookie decorating party tomorrow with some friends. They are so good and I can’t wait to make them again.

February 14, 2019 11:35 am

Delicious!

February 8, 2019 11:14 am

Hi. Can I turn out this into red velvet cookies by just adding red velvet emulsion? Or red coloring maybe?

Holly
December 16, 2018 5:39 pm

Love this recipe! I’ve been using this for years!
Any tips if I can salvage a batch since I accidentally used 1 cup instead of 2 cups of butter?

Clarisse
December 10, 2018 5:31 pm

Hi! I made the dough yesterday and let it chill over night. I just took it out of the fridge and tried rolling it out and it’s so sticky. Anything I can do to try to save it?

Allie Mann
December 9, 2018 11:03 am

2 cups of butter as in 4 sticks???

Julia
November 28, 2018 2:14 pm

I left the frosted cookie at room temperature in Tupperware over night, are they ok?

Adriana
November 22, 2018 12:09 pm

Thank you. I just now made it with salted, it’s delicious!! My kiddos love it!!

Adriana
November 20, 2018 11:32 am

Question: The recipe calls for butter; salted or unsalted?

Melissa
November 18, 2018 7:50 pm

Can you use cream cheese from a tub rather than the bar type cream cheese? Our Costco only carries the tubs not the bars (drives me crazy!). I wasn’t sure if the consistency would turn out ok or not. Thanks in advance!

Melissa
November 21, 2018 11:01 am
Reply to  Shelly

Great! Thank you. Trying the recipe today!

Kelly
September 7, 2018 10:43 pm

Do you think these cookies could be rolled into a log and just cut into circles? I hate doing cut outs.

July 13, 2018 2:43 am

THE BEST sugar cookie recipe EVER! These don’t even need frosting. The vanilla gives the most awesome flavor, you can eat them plain.

Shelly 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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