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Soft Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies

Soft Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies: A Heavenly Bite

Indulge in the ultimate cookie with our Soft Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies! Melt-in-your-mouth, rich in flavor, and perfect for any occasion.

Imagine biting into a cookie that’s as soft as a cloud, with a tender crumb that melts in your mouth. That’s exactly what you get with this soft cream cheese sugar cookie recipe. The cream cheese adds a rich, tangy flavor, making these cookies irresistibly delicious. Perfect for any occasion, these cookies are sure to become one of your favorite recipes.


What Makes These Cookies Soft?

The secret to these pillowy soft cookies is the cream cheese. Using full-fat cream cheese ensures a tender cookie that’s soft but not too crumbly.

Can I Use Regular Sugar Instead of Powdered Sugar?

Powdered sugar is recommended for the best results. It dissolves easily, making the dough a little sticky but easy to work with.

What’s the Best Way to Measure Flour?

For the most accurate measurement, spoon flour into your measuring cup and level it off with a knife.

Tips and Tricks

  1. Room Temperature Ingredients: Make sure your unsalted butter and cream cheese are at room temperature for easier mixing.
  2. Paddle Attachment: Use the paddle attachment on your electric mixer for the best texture.
  3. Low Speed: Mix the wet and dry ingredients on low speed to avoid overmixing.


  • Almond Extract: Swap out the vanilla extract for almond extract for a different flavor profile.
  • Lemon Zest: Add some lemon zest for a citrusy kick.
  • Cinnamon Sugar: Roll the dough balls in cinnamon sugar before baking for a spiced version.

Where to Serve

These cookies are perfect for any occasion but are especially great for Valentine’s Day and as classic Christmas cookies. They’re also a hit at bake sales and parties.


Place cookies in an airtight container to keep them fresh. You can also freeze the baked cookies or the sugar cookie dough wrapped in plastic wrap for later use.

Common Problems and How to Avoid Them

  • Flat Sugar Cookies: Make sure your baking powder is fresh to avoid flat cookies.
  • Too Thick Cookies: Roll dough to your desired thickness on a lightly floured surface. Thick cookies may require a longer bake time.
  • Sticking to the Baking Sheet: Use parchment paper or silicone mats on your baking sheet for easy removal.

Tips for Making This Recipe with Kids

  1. Cookie Cutters: Let the kids go wild with cookie cutters to create their desired shapes.
  2. Food Coloring: Add food coloring to your cream cheese frosting for a fun decorating activity.
  3. Safe Work Surface: Provide a clean, lightly floured work surface where kids can roll out the dough with a rolling pin.

Topping Options

  • Cream Cheese Frosting: A classic choice that complements the cream cheese cookies.
  • Royal Icing: For more intricate designs.
  • Powdered Sugar: For a simple, elegant finish, dust the cookies with additional powdered sugar.

Why This Recipe Works

  1. Cream Cheese: Unlike regular sugar cookies, the package of cream cheese in this recipe offers a great taste and a soft, tender texture.
  2. Powdered Sugar: It gives the cookies a fine, melt-in-your-mouth cutout cookie quality.
  3. All-Purpose Flour: This is the backbone that gives the cookies structure, making them easy to cut with cookie cutters.
  4. Baking Powder: Provides the lift, making them perfectly thick and soft.
  5. Egg and Vanilla Extract: They add moisture and flavor, making these some of the most delicious sugar cookies you’ll ever taste.

So, go ahead and try these soft cream cheese sugar cookies. They’re bound to become a staple in your baking repertoire!

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Easy Soft Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies
Yield: Makes 24 Cookies

Easy Soft Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Indulge in the ultimate cookie with our Soft Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies! Melt-in-your-mouth, rich in flavor, and perfect for any occasion. Easy ingredients!


  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar, plus additional for dusting
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Cover a large baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and cream cheese together with an electric mixer on medium speed until well combined.
  3. Mix in the powdered sugar on low speed, then add the egg and vanilla extract and beat until incorporated.
  4. In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add this dry mixture to the wet and mix with the electric mixer until fully combined.
  5. Form the dough into 24 balls and place on the prepared baking sheet leaving at least 1-inch of space between each.
  6. Bake the cookies at 375F for 9-10 minutes until set and lightly golden brown on the bottom.
  7. Remove the cookies from the baking sheet and cool to room temperature on a wire cooling rack.
  8. Once cooled, dust the cookies with powdered sugar.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 174Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 26mgSodium 104mgCarbohydrates 30gFiber 1gSugar 14gProtein 3g

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