A soft, chewy, and flavorful sugar cookie. It is very important to chill the dough, as it is too sticky to roll unless well chilled.

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Ingredients

72
Original recipe yields 72 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large bowl, combine the sugar, butter, cream cheese, salt, almond and vanilla extracts, and egg yolk. Beat until smooth. Stir in flour until well blended. Chill the dough for 8 hours, or overnight.

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough 1/3 at a time to 1/8 inch thickness, refrigerating remaining dough until ready to use. Cut into desired shapes with lightly floured cookie cutters. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Leave cookies plain for frosting, or brush with slightly beaten egg white and sprinkle with candy sprinkles or colored sugar.

  • Bake for 7 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until light and golden brown. Cool cookies completely before frosting.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

Nutrition Facts

53 calories; 3.1 g total fat; 11 mg cholesterol; 38 mg sodium. 5.8 g carbohydrates; 0.6 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/04/2006
Wonderful Cream Cheese Cookies! My recipe is a little different however. If you want your dough to be perfect you MUST use real butter and make sure it is unsalted. I use Land O Lakes. I use 8oz. of cream cheese, not 3oz. 1 1/2 cup sugar, 1 cup of unsalted butter, 1 8oz cream cheese, 1 egg, 1 tsp vanilla, 1/2 tsp almond extract, 3 1/2 cup flour and 1 tsp baking powder. I've never had problems getting these to roll out after chilling the appropriate amount of time. They bake easy and taste wonderful. I use royal icing to decorate. They make great gifts as long as I can get them out of the house before everyone in my family eats them!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
10/02/2003
I was so excited to try these cookies since they have cream cheese in them. I was so dissap- pointed when I ate one. They were greatly lacking in flavor. Read More
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1039 Ratings
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  • 1 star values: 29
Rating: 5 stars
12/04/2006
Wonderful Cream Cheese Cookies! My recipe is a little different however. If you want your dough to be perfect you MUST use real butter and make sure it is unsalted. I use Land O Lakes. I use 8oz. of cream cheese, not 3oz. 1 1/2 cup sugar, 1 cup of unsalted butter, 1 8oz cream cheese, 1 egg, 1 tsp vanilla, 1/2 tsp almond extract, 3 1/2 cup flour and 1 tsp baking powder. I've never had problems getting these to roll out after chilling the appropriate amount of time. They bake easy and taste wonderful. I use royal icing to decorate. They make great gifts as long as I can get them out of the house before everyone in my family eats them!! Read More
(2245)
Rating: 5 stars
12/04/2006
Wonderful Cream Cheese Cookies! My recipe is a little different however. If you want your dough to be perfect you MUST use real butter and make sure it is unsalted. I use Land O Lakes. I use 8oz. of cream cheese, not 3oz. 1 1/2 cup sugar, 1 cup of unsalted butter, 1 8oz cream cheese, 1 egg, 1 tsp vanilla, 1/2 tsp almond extract, 3 1/2 cup flour and 1 tsp baking powder. I've never had problems getting these to roll out after chilling the appropriate amount of time. They bake easy and taste wonderful. I use royal icing to decorate. They make great gifts as long as I can get them out of the house before everyone in my family eats them!! Read More
(2245)
Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2002
This recipe is definitely a keeper. Rather than roll and cut out the cookies I use a small scoop (or teaspoon), then flatten them slightly with a pecan or walnut half, then bake. I also have doubled the recipe, baked half the dough and formed the remaining dough into two cylinders, wrapped in plastic wrap and freeze. When slightly thawed, slice 1/4" thick and bake. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2007
I used the suggested changes of another user. I used 1 cup unsalted real butter, 8oz. of cream cheese, 1 1/2 cup sugar, 1 egg, 1 tsp vanilla, 1/2 tsp almond extract, 3 1/2 cup flour and 1 tsp baking powder. Very easy to work with and tasted great! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2003
GREAT recipe. Wonderful flavor moist perfect for decorating easy to roll if you keep chilled. Must add a little more flour than the recipe calls for. I scoured through all of the recipes on this site for just the right cookie cutout. Given the multitude of mixed reviews I was unsure but liked the variation. I am extremely happy that I took the chance. These cookies were wonderful...everyone loved them and I will need to make another batch before Valentine's Day! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/04/2010
Really yummy cookie. I did increase the almond and vanilla extract to a tsp. each but I made no other changes. After chilling the dough overnight we were ready to go. The dough just had to sit out for about 15 minutes to take the chill off and you really have to work fast because the dough warms quickly. I cut my cookies thicker because....we'll it's a personal choice so I got much less than 72 cookies. No problem because this recipe is great! 375 for nine minutes was the perfect time for me. NOTE: If you wait a couple minutes after you take the cookies out of the oven and just let them cool on the cookie sheet they'll slide right off onto your spatula. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2011
Perfect! Here are some sugar cookie rolling tips to make the most of your dough, as well as make things go a little easier and faster for you (hopefully!), because these are as time consuming as you'll let them be! So worth it though!: -I divide the ENTIRE batch into about 5 pieces, and leave them covered in plastic wrap or in plastic baggies in the fridge, removing one at a time to roll out. -Once I've used my cookie cutters on one as much as I can, I roll up the scraps, put them back into the plasic wrap/baggie, and into the fridge it goes. I do not re-roll it, even if I'm working fast and the dough's still cold. I then move onto the next ball of dough in the fridge, and so on, rotating in the same order I started. I do this until all of the dough is gone. -Everything gets rolled out onto a surface dusted with a 50/50 mixture of powdered sugar and flour. The powdered sugar helps keep the dough from getting tough, instead of using just flour alone. I hope all this helped some of you! Enjoy and have fun decorating!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2006
For anyone who really wants to enjoy these cookies you really have to use pure vanilla and almond extract. Philidelphia cream cheese and real unsalted sweat cream butter not margarine. Cut out your shapes a little thick. And make life easy on yourself by covering the cold dough with wax paper when you roll it out. If you would like them a little sweeter don't hesitate to frost them. NOW ENJOY!!! MMMMMMMMMMMM Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2005
These were delicious. After I made the first batch....I had to make another because my Husband ate them all. I didn't roll them out and use cookie cutters. Instead I rolled them into balls and pressed them out with a glass. Then sprinkled decorated sugar on top...delicious. Thanks for the post. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/22/2008
This is a finicky recipy to work with but if done right the cookies come out great. Be sure to work with the dough in portions (1/4 to 1/3 the dough at a time chilling the rest when not being used). A few modifications are necessary however. I used an extra 1/4 cu flour and used the entire egg and reduced the oven temperature to 325. For me these made really awesome cookies that when topped with the Butter Icing for Sugar Cookies recipe from this site (1 tsp almond instead of the vanilla) get great reviews. I never have any leftover. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
10/02/2003
I was so excited to try these cookies since they have cream cheese in them. I was so dissap- pointed when I ate one. They were greatly lacking in flavor. Read More
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