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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!

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 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!


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!

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Cream Cheese Cut Out Sugar Cookies

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  • 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


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!


  • 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


  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.


  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.


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.


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 293
  • Sugar: 19.7 g
  • Sodium: 68.4 mg
  • Fat: 16.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 33.9 g
  • Protein: 2.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 53.8 mg

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184 comments on “Cream Cheese Cut Out Sugar Cookies”

  1. Charmaine Roth

    I want to make this recipe and see many reviews BUT there is No leavening agent in this recipe? Will it rise? What makes it rise?

    1. Hi! These cookies don’t rise too much, nor do they spread which makes them great cut-out cookies! BUT the cookies do rise a little due to creaming the butter, cream cheese and the sugar. This step is important in most cookie recipes, especially this one!

  2. I make this every year for the holidays and birthdays and I use King Auther’s Gluten Free flour and they are perfect!! Thank you!

  3. I have been making this recepie for at least 5 years. I’ve never don’t the cream cheese frosting but I might try it this year. The cut out cookies are a favorite with my family and work at the holidays. They are always requested. 1 thing I add is a splash of butter flavor along with the vanilla, it doesn’t change the consistency but it just adds that little bit more of buttery goodness. Thank you!

  4. My plans changed last minute and the group cookie making plans went away… so I have the dough that has been refrigerated in an airtight container since last Tuesday- so a week and 1 day? Can I freeze the dough? Or is it a Complete loss? And how long can it be Frozen? Thanks!

    1. cookie dough can be frozen, sure, but I might hesitate freezing dough that is already over a week old. The dough has raw egg, which can carry bacteria. Sorry!

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