Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies


These sugar cookies with cream cheese are soft, chewy, and flavorful. It is very important to chill the dough, as it is too sticky to roll unless well chilled.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 45 mins
6 dozen cookies


  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

  • 1 large egg yolk

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon almond extract

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour


  1. Beat together sugar, butter, cream cheese, egg yolk, salt, almond extract, and vanilla in a large bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Gradually mix in flour until dough comes together.

  2. Divide dough into thirds and form each piece into a disk. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate, 8 hours to overnight.

  3. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  4. Working with one disk at a time, roll dough on a lightly floured surface to an 1/8-inch thickness; keep other disks refrigerated until ready to roll. Cut dough into desired shapes with lightly floured cookie cutters. Place cookies 1 inch apart onto ungreased baking sheets.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until cookies are light golden brown, 7 to 10 minutes, switching racks halfway through. Remove from the oven and transfer cookies to wire racks.

  6. Cool cookies completely before frosting.

    four-leaf clover shaped cookies decorated with green frosting and colored sugar for St. Patrick's Day
    with "Sugar Cookie Icing". Dianne


If decorating your cookies with candy sprinkles or colored sugar, brush the unbaked cookie cutouts with a beaten egg white. Decorate with sprinkles or sugar before baking.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

53 Calories
3g Fat
6g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 72
Calories 53
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 38mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 1g
Calcium 3mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 7mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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