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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!

These cream cheese cut out sugar cookies are just the best!

Looking for more cream cheese cookie recipes? Try these:

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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


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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172 comments on “Cream Cheese Cut Out Sugar Cookies”

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

    1. The red velvet emulsion would be my best guess for flavor. I don’t think the emulsions have coloring in them, so you would also need to add red coloring as well.

  2. 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?

  3. 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?

    1. Yes, it makes a large batch of cookies…you also use 6 cups of flour. You can certainly cut the recipe in half!

    1. ou can use either. I like salted butter in this, but if you are sensitive to salt you can use unsalted and add in 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt.

  4. 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!

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

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

  7. This is the absolute best cut-out sugar cookie out there. I came across it last year and loved the flavor and how the cut-outs stay true to form. I even tested it against another supposedly good sugar, but it failed in flavor and being true to form after baking. I am removing all my other sugar cookie recipes. Awesome sugar cookie recipe!

  8. Can you store the frosted cookies for up to a week or should I keep the icing chilled until the day of?

  9. These tasted good, but they spread out way to much. I had to trim them when they came out of the oven. Wished they had held their shape better.

  10. Can this recipe be adapted to make Chocolate cutout cookies? All of the chocolate cream cheese cutout cookie recipes have baking powder in them. I do not want any leavening because I want the edges to stay sharp during baking. Thank you.

  11. I absolutely LOVE these cookies, but they tend to cause stomach discomfort for people. I did some research, and it’s caused by the cream cheese. 2hrs is the limit for leaving these cookies out, to avoid bacteria building. Companies that sell cream cheese products use preservatives that prevent this, however, we do not have those or want them. These cookies are so amazing, that you have to give them a try! Just keep them refrigerated in between serving.
    Another thing that I love, is to frost them with buttercream, instead of royal icing. The two together are a match made in cookie heaven! ?

  12. So I’m now making this recipe for the fourth time! They are heavenly! Personally I choose to forgo the frosting though, but add sprinkles to the dough. The cookie has a strong enough flavor to hold its own!

  13. Maryellen Johnson

    I have FINALLY found my go-to sugar cookie recipe! After years of searching for a no-fail recipe, I will now never use any recipe but this one! These are amazing! The texture is wonderfully soft but not too soft – just right. The flavor is like nothing you have ever tasted – if you are a fan of cream cheese and we definitely are! My daughter helped me make these for Christmas and we got rave reviews! My mother put in a request for more because the tray that I brought to her house on Christmas day was completely emptied before she had a chance to try one. These hold their shape beautifully! Chilling the dough is key – we chilled ours overnight. Gone are the days of my sugar cookies spreading out so much that you can no longer identify what shape it was supposed to be! The frosting takes these to the next level – SO GOOD! I let mine sit out for a couple of hours after decorating to allow the frosting to firm up and I had no problems stacking them in air-tight containers. I can’t thank you enough for this game changing recipe! 🙂

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