Easy Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies Recipe

Melt in your mouth Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies are exactly what you need when your cookie craving kicks in. Soft and tender sugar cookies that are perfect for making cut out cookies for every occasion. So easy to make and the dough is freezer friendly!

Stocking sugar cookies on a blue background.

Note: This recipe was originally published on December 15, 2013 and was updated with an improved recipe with new photos on December 5, 2018.

My mom used to make easy Christmas cut out cookies when I was small.  She let me help and I remember it being a pretty simple process.  Something I thought I would always do with my kids. I think Katie and I made sugar cookie cutouts one time.  That was it.

Landon….this was always better as a nap time project for me.  Now that he’s older, it’s so much more fun having an extra set of hands in the kitchen. He’s so eager to help and, this is the one thing he actually takes direction with quite well making me one proud mama!!!

This Cream Cheese Sugar Cookie recipe is my go to for all cutout cookie recipes. The dough for these cutout cookies holds it shape incredibly well when baked without chilling after they’ve been cut out with your cookie cutters.

Stocking cut out cookies on a cake plate with a christmas tree cookie on a blue background.

How do you make Cream Cheese Cookies?

These easy Cream Cheese Sugar cookies are so easy to make and the dough is totally fool-proof to make.

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter, cream cheese, sugar and salt until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the egg and vanilla and continue to beat until combined. Gradually add the flour and beat until a dough forms. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Roll out dough on a floured surface and cut out cookie shapes using cookie cutters. Place the cut out cookie dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment.
  5. Bake for 7-8 minutes until the edges just begin to brown. Cookies will be pale in color.
  6. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 1 minute, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Overhead shot of a green stocking cookie and christmas tree cookie on a blue background.

My BEST TIPS for perfect cut out cookies!

This dough is fool proof….it rolls out beautifully but you do have to follow a few easy tips to ensure that your cookies bake up perfectly.

  • Be sure your ingredients are at room temperature so they blend together without a lot of clumps in the cookie dough. This will ensure your cookie dough is silky smooth to begin with.
  • Chill your cream cheese sugar cookie dough for about 2 hours before rolling it out or it will stick to everything.  And I mean everything.
  • Use lots of flour…on your counter, board, rolling pin, cookie cutters….anything that the dough will touch…flour, flour, flour.  And then keep a little pile on the counter to dip your cutters in each time you cut a cookie. This step alone will help you create the best bakery cut out cookie recipe.
  • Make sure your baking sheets are cooled before starting a new batch. Cool cookie sheets will ensure your cut out cookies don’t start to spread before you put them in the oven.  A little lessons that I learned the hard way to ensure the BEST cut out cookies.

Red stocking cookies arranged in a line on a blue background.

How do you make cut out sugar cookies that keep their shape?

A few simple steps will ensure that your cut out cookies keep their shape when they bake in the oven.

  1. As mentioned before, be sure your baking sheets are cool before placing the cut out cookie dough on them. Warm baking sheets will make the dough start to spread out before they even go into the oven. I like to keep three or four cookie sheets going at a time so I’m constantly rotating the pans giving them time to cool in between batches.
  2. Chill your dough before rolling out.  I know some people roll then chill the cut out cookies before baking but I don’t think they cook evenly then. I like to chill my dough for a few hours, then roll, then cut, then bake.
  3. Move quickly and try not the handle the dough too much because the warmth from your hands will warm the dough.
  4. Because these sugar cookies are made with cream cheese and not butter, they tend to hold their shape much better than traditional sugar cookie recipes.

christmas cutout sugar cookies on a blue background.

How long do cream cheese sugar cookies last?

Stored in an airtight container at room temperature, your cut out cookies will last up to three weeks.

If you need the cookies to last a bit longer, you can wrap them up and store them in the freezer in an airtight container for up to 12 months.

How do you make sugar cookie icing that hardens?

Let’s talk about the icing….I like to use this Royal Icing recipe because it’s seriously the best thing ever to decorate your Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies. Royal Icing is so easy to make from scratch and it pipes so beautifully.  It’s even easy for the kids to use.

For my royal icing recipe, I use raw egg whites from a real egg but you can substitute with meringue powder if you feel uneasy about the eggs. You can read all about the Royal Icing dos and dont’s here.

The egg whites allow the icing to harden so it doesn’t smear all over your other cookies. This is the same icing you’d find at your favorite bakery.

If you don’t want to make the icing, you could just add sprinkles before you bake the cookies or frost them with commercially made frosting.  See how flexible I am?

Two red stocking cookies on a white cake plate.

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Cream Cheese Cutouts with Royal Icing

Course: Baking, cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cutout cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 24
Calories: 248 kcal
Author: Kellie

Easy Cream Cheese Cutout Cookies that won't spread during baking. 

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter at room temperature
  • 4 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulate sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour I use King Arthur
  • For the icing:
  • Adapted from Alton Brown
  • 4 ounces pasteurized egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter, cream cheese, sugar and salt until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and continue to beat until combined. Gradually add the flour and beat until a dough forms. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.

  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  3. On a floured surface, roll out the dough using a rolling pin to a 1/8 inch thickness. Cut the dough with cookie cutters dipped in flour. Place the cutouts on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Bake for approximately 7-8 minutes or until the edges begin to brown. Cool on the pan for 1 minute and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  5. In the bowl of an electric mixer, mix the egg whites and vanilla until frothy. Gradually, add the sugar and mix on low speed until the sugar is incorporated and the icing is shiny. Turn the mixer to med-high and beat until the mixture forms stiff, shiny peaks, approximately 5-7 minutes.
  6. Stir in food coloring if desired.
  7. For immediate use, transfer to a pastry bag fitted with a tip and pipe onto the cookies. (Or if you're using a zip top bag, clip corner and pipe onto cookies.)
  8. Icing can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Recipe Notes

Cookie recipe adapted from Taste of Home.

Nutrition Facts
Cream Cheese Cutouts with Royal Icing
Amount Per Serving (0 g)
Calories 248 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 142mg 6%
Potassium 32mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 38g 13%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 28g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 6.2%
Calcium 1%
Iron 3.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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