Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies

To me, cooking and baking are so closely related to giving, sharing, and bringing people together. You can give a new neighbor a warm apple pie to welcome them to the neighborhood. You can share a decadent, homemade chocolate dessert with friends or your main squeeze (Though, really, who wants to share that?). And, you can bring people together like thirty caring, food-lovin’ women for the National Food Bloggers Bake Sale, dedicated to the cause of ending childhood hunger in America.

There are so many ways to give, share, and bring people together with food, and this bake sale, which I’m participating in tomorrow morning and afternoon, is a shining example of how to do all those things, and how to do them for a great cause.

I’ve already heard about a few delicious desserts planned for the sale, which will be held in The Grove in Los Angeles from 10am to 2pm, but I think I’m more excited about getting to know the girls behind them! I’m planning on bringing these delicious Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies, as well as a batch of Bacon-Cheddar Scones.

Until now, my best sugar cookie recipe was from the Betty Crocker bag of mix, but I knew I had to try and try until I had a genuine sugar cookie made from the heart. I must have gone through about five recipes, well over eight sticks of butter, and at least one pound added to my scale before finally deciding on this recipe. In my opinion, these are some of the best sugar cookies I’ve come across, and best of all, they’re easy to work with!

With spring in the air and cookie cutters coming out of the pantry for bake sales, birthday parties and wedding showers, everyone’s in need of a good sugar cookie recipe and a little color in their cookie, and this recipe is sure to please your partygoers.

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Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies

Cookies were decorated using The Brown Eyed Baker's royal icing tutorial. The icing is very easy to make, easy to work with, and makes your cookies really stand out!


1 cup white sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg yolk
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour


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. Form the dough into two equal-sized disks, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill the dough for one hour.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to ¼-inch thickness. Keep remaining dough refrigerated until ready to use. Cut into desired shapes with lightly floured cookie cutters. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

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



8 Responses to “Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies”

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    Lazaro Cooks! — April 19, 2010 @ 1:45 am

    Beautiful cookies. Love the recipe. I think I will be giving these a shot. Thank you for sharing. Cheers!

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    2 — May 14, 2010 @ 12:22 am

    Just saw your response now! Thanks! I will make these soon!

    – Lauren

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    Georgia — January 10, 2011 @ 9:28 pm


    I followed the royal icing tutorial on The Brown Eyed Baker’s blog. The link has now been added to my post.

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    laurensybil — January 10, 2011 @ 9:28 pm

    Wow! These are so charming and beautiful and childish in the best way possible!

    Is there a recipe/technique for the frosting on these little guys you might share? They just look so perfect…

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    Anonymous — January 24, 2011 @ 12:45 am

    Hi! I’m confused. I’ve been looking online for various versions of this recipe to answer my question about whether there was a newspaper misprint. Some versions I’ve seen of this recipe use 3 oz of cream cheese and some indicate that 8 oz are needed – but usually it indicates that it is a “package”. The small package I have indicates that it is 8 oz. What do you think? Lucy

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    Georgia (The Comfort of Cooking) — January 24, 2011 @ 12:48 am

    As the recipe states, I used one 3 oz. package of cream cheese. A recipe that calls for 8 oz. is probably similar to this recipe, but doubled.

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    Anonymous — February 13, 2011 @ 5:57 pm

    I made these last night, and they were amazing. I shared the recipe with my Mom who was also so impressed. Great flavour and texture. I especially liked that they kept the same texture the next day (as opposed to getting hard like some do). These will be my ‘go to’ sugar cookie recipe from now on. Thanks so much!



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    Georgia (The Comfort of Cooking) — February 13, 2011 @ 7:18 pm

    Thanks so much for letting me know, Alison! I’m so glad that you and your mom enjoyed them. They’re much easier to roll out than typical sugar cookies, I’ve found. Thanks again!

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