Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies

Soft, chewy cream cheese sugar cookies. This easy cut out sugar cookie recipe stays soft because of cream cheese. If you love sugar cookies, see all of our recipes here.

easy cut out cookie recipe

Homemade sugar cookies are a classic. Everyone needs a good recipe and we’ve got several to share with you! These cream cheese sugar cookies are super soft and so easy to make. They’re so delicious topped with a simple powdered sugar frosting.

Although these are flat sugar cookies that don’t rise, we also have a recipe for soft, fluffy buttermilk cut out sugar cookies, and two types of sugar cookies that don’t require cookie cutters….bakery-style and Pillsbury copycat. Sugar cookies for every texture and taste!

cream cheese sugar cookies with easy frosting

Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies with Almond Extract

Although this sugar cookie recipe calls for both vanilla and almond extract, you can use all vanilla if you’d like. Many times when I substitute almond extract for vanilla extract (or add a touch of both), people will ask for the cookie recipe. Why? Because often just one simple change to a traditional recipe makes the cookies just a little bit different. And people love “new” cookies!

How to Make Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies

These cream cheese sugar cookies are so easy to mix up. Make sure the butter and cream cheese are soft, but not melted, for easy mixing.

It’s important to let the dough chill for at least an hour before you roll the cookies and bake them. Simply flatten the dough into a thick disc and wrap it in plastic wrap. This makes for easy fridge storage!

When you are rolling the sugar cookies, be sure not to roll them too thin. You want the dough to be about 1/4″ thick so that the cookies don’t get brown when they bake.

easy soft sugar cookie recipe

Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies Frosting

Because the flavor of the cookies is simply delicious, I didn’t want to add too much frosting to cover that sweet taste. I mixed up an easy powdered sugar frosting…more like a glaze really, and dolloped a few teaspoons on top of each cookie. Color the frosting to fit the occasion!

These reminded me of old-fashioned sugar cookies that my grandma used to make. True comfort food!

Tools Needed to Make Sugar Cookies

  • Silpat: For all of your non-stick, cookie-making needs. This is in the top 3 must-have kitchen tools. I don’t know what I’d do without them!
  • Baking Sheet: I like to use flat baking sheets for easy removing baked goods easily.
  • Pastry Mat: This silicone mat keeps your cupboard clean and makes rolling out pastries so easy.
  • Cookie Plate Set: Display your homemade cookies in style. Everyone thinks this cookie plate is so cute!


cut out cookie recipe for decorating
cut out cookie recipe for decorating

Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies

4.69 from 83 votes
Soft, chewy cream cheese sugar cookies. This easy cut out sugar cookie recipe stays soft for days.
Servings 24
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes



  • 1 cup soft butter (softened)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder


  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soft butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • Milk to desired consistency


  • Blend butter and cream cheese. 
  • Add sugar, egg and extracts. 
  • Mix in remaining dry ingredients and blend into the creamed mixture. Chill for 1 hour. 
  • Roll out dough on floured surface until ¼ inches thick (a must!) . Cut with desired cookie cutter shape and bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes.
  •  Let cookies cool.
  • Mix all your frosting ingredients and add some food coloring if desired. Frost cookies when cool. 



The key to making a good sugar cookie is to make sure that you cut the cookies thick enough and then don't over cook them!


Calories: 266kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 110mg | Potassium: 54mg | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 405IU | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 0.9mg
Author Lizzy T
Course Cookies
Cuisine American
Calories 266
Keyword best sugar cookies, cream cheese cookies, cut out cookies, easy sugar cookies, rolled cookies

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9 months ago

What temperature? How long in oven?

4 months ago

5 stars
Everyone loves this cookie. I have made them for several showers and holiday gatherings. It is my go to sugar cookie recipe.

8 days ago

Do you bake and then freeze them or just freeze the dough?

1 day ago

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Hello, how long do the baked cookies last in the freezer? Thank you!

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