Cream Cheese Cutouts with Royal Icing
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins

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

Course: Baking, cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cutout cookies
Servings: 24
Calories: 248 kcal
Author: Kellie
  • 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
  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*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 32mg11%
Sodium 142mg6%
Potassium 32mg1%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 28g31%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 310IU6%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.