cream cheese sugar cookies

★★★★★ 7
a recipe by
cassie thornburg
Brea, CA

Every year at Christmas, I go into cookie baking mode. I have several recipes that I like to make during that time of the year only and this is one of them. Last year, I found a "mitten" cookie cutter and made this as gifts and one friend said, "oh man, this isn't just a great cookie this is THE BEST COOKIE I HAVE EVER EATEN IN MY LIFE". This probably is my all-time favorite cookie because it is so delicious. You can see by this picture that my decorating skills are lacking. That's ok with me. Nobody complained they were too busy enjoying the cookies!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

There are so many things we love about this Christmas cookie cutout recipe. It doesn't make a ton of cookies and is easy to throw together - perfect if you just want a little treat. The cookie itself is sweet, tender, buttery and has a richness thanks to the cream cheese. By itself, it's a delicious Christmas cookie. We love that Cassie leaves the decorating up to you. They can be coated with a basic powdered sugar and milk glaze. Or, thin out a buttercream frosting and have fun with a piping bag. A great cookie option if you don't like heavy frosting on your cutout cookies since you can decorate how you want. We used this Easy Homemade Buttercream Recipe for decorating and thinned it a little with milk for our reindeer and Christmas tree decorations.

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★★★★★ 7
serves 8-10
prep time 2 Hr
cook time 15 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For cream cheese sugar cookies

  • 1 c
  • 1 c
    butter, softened
  • 3 oz
    cream cheese, softened (do not use low fat or fat free...the consistency won't be right!)
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1
    egg yolk
  • 2 c
    all-purpose flour

How To Make cream cheese sugar cookies

  • Sugar, butter, cream cheese, salt, extracts, and egg yolk in a bowl.
    In a large bowl, combine sugar, butter, cream cheese, salt, extracts, and egg yolk.
  • Mixing the wet ingredients together.
    Blend well.
  • Spooning in the flour.
    Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup, and level off to measure.
  • Flour completely incorporated.
    Stir in flour until blended.
  • Plastic wrapped dough ready to chill.
    Cover with plastic wrap and shape into a disk. Refrigerate for about 2 hours or overnight.
  • Rolling out the dough.
    Heat oven to 350. On a lightly floured board, roll out dough, 1/3 at a time, to 1/8 inch thickness. (Keep remaining dough refrigerated).
  • Cut out dough on parchment-lined baking sheet.
    Cut into desired shapes with floured cutters. Place 1 inch apart on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. Leave cookies plain or sprinkle with sugar crystals at this point. Bake for 7- 10 minutes or until a light golden brown.
  • Cookies cooling on a wire rack.
    Immediately remove from sheets and cool on wire racks.
  • A bite taken out of a Cream Cheese Sugar Cookie.
    Cool completely. Frost and decorate as desired. Enjoy!