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Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies Recipe

Cutout Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies

Course Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword best-sugar-cookies, cream-cheese-sugar-cookies, cut-out-cookies, sugar-cookie-recipes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Dough chill time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 27 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Author Melissa Sperka


  • 3 cup all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp pure almond extract
  • 1 ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • Frosting sprinkles and seasonal pareils for decorating


  • Sift together the flour, salt and nutmeg. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the softened butter, cream cheese, vanilla and almond extract. Beat for 2 minutes until fluffy and light.
  • Add the sugar. Beat for 2 minutes or until fully creamed together.
  • Add the egg yolks one at a time beating well after each addition. Beat for 2 minutes on high. The creamed mixture should be fluffy and light yellow in color.
  • Gradually add the flour and mix on low speed until combined. Divide the dough in half and shape into a disc. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours or until firm.
  • To bake preheat the oven to 375°F and line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • On a floured surface, roll one disc of the chilled dough to ⅓-inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes using floured cutters. Place at least 1 ½-inch apart on the parchment lined cookie sheets.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes until the edges are golden. Cool completely on a cooling rack.
  • When the cookies have cooled frost and decorate as desired.


Prior to baking cookies may be lightly brushed with egg wash and sprinkled with colorful sugar crystals, if desired.