Recipe: The Best Cream Cheese Cut-Out Sugar Cookies EVER

This is what I consider to be the best sugar cookie recipe for cutting into shapes and decorating. Why? Because it has cream cheese in it, you guys! It makes these cookies chewy and delicious. Check out these decorating ideas. http://sevenlittlemonkeys.com
In all my years of baking I’ve never come across a yummier sugar cookie. It has cream cheese in it, you guys! Which makes it chewy and downright delicious, and I am ALL about a chewy and delicious cookie. This is not a last-minute recipe, though, as the dough needs to chill, preferably overnight, so plan out your baking and decorating ahead of time.
For the full, printable recipe scroll down. If you try this recipe let me know in the comments how you liked and what kind of cookies you made!
This is what I consider to be the best sugar cookie recipe for cutting into shapes and decorating. Why? Because it has cream cheese in it, you guys! It makes these cookies chewy and delicious. Check out these decorating ideas. http://sevenlittlemonkeys.com
Cream Cheese Cut-Out Sugar Cookies
Print Recipe
These chewy sugar cookies are the perfect cookie for holiday and seasonal cookie-decorating parties!
Servings Prep Time
36-48 cookies 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 8 hours or overnight
Servings Prep Time
36-48 cookies 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 8 hours or overnight
This is what I consider to be the best sugar cookie recipe for cutting into shapes and decorating. Why? Because it has cream cheese in it, you guys! It makes these cookies chewy and delicious. Check out these decorating ideas. http://sevenlittlemonkeys.com
Cream Cheese Cut-Out Sugar Cookies
Print Recipe
These chewy sugar cookies are the perfect cookie for holiday and seasonal cookie-decorating parties!
Servings Prep Time
36-48 cookies 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 8 hours or overnight
Servings Prep Time
36-48 cookies 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 8 hours or overnight
Ingredients
Servings: cookies
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, butter, cream cheese, salt, almond (if using) and vanilla extracts and egg yolk. Beat until smooth. Stir in flour until well blended. Chill the dough for 8 hours, or overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough a third at a time to 1/8- to 1/4-inch thickness, refrigerating remaining dough until ready to use. Cut into desired shapes with lightly floured cookie cutters. Place one inch apart on ungreased or parchment-covered cookie sheets. Leave cookies plain for frosting or brush with slightly beaten egg white and sprinkle with candy sprinkles or coloured sugar.
  4. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven or until light and golden brown. Cool cookies completely on wire rack before frosting.
    This is what I consider to be the best sugar cookie recipe for cutting into shapes and decorating. Why? Because it has cream cheese in it, you guys! It makes these cookies chewy and delicious. Check out these decorating ideas. http://sevenlittlemonkeys.com
Recipe Notes

Try to handle the dough the least amount possible. Though cold and hard, it softens and rolls out quickly. Try to cut out as many cookies from the first roll-out as possible, returning leftovers to fridge to chill while working with the next batch.

If the dough has begun to get soft, place the cookies on a pan and chill in the freezer for a few minutes to firm up. This ensures the cookies retain their shape and don't spread out too much during baking.

The thicker the cookie the chewier it will be, which is what I like. If you're baking in a convection oven, you will need to adjust baking time accordingly (do a test batch) checking after 6-7 minutes.

Keep in mind that the recipe will yield more or fewer cookies depending on the size of the cookie cutters.

Decorate with a simple sugar cookie icing or use fondant cut out in the same shape as the cookie.

To freeze, unfrosted, ensure cookies have cooled completely before placing in an airtight container. Will last several months.

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Erica kicked off her party-planning adventures when her eldest turned one and even had a home cake business for a short time. Now, four kiddos later, she shares the cakes she has made over the past 12 years as well as ideas and tutorials for hosting budget-friendly birthday parties. And if you're looking for the ins and outs of how to make (or break) cake pops, you've come to the right place!

2 Replies to “Recipe: The Best Cream Cheese Cut-Out Sugar Cookies EVER”

    • So glad to hear it! I’ll post the icing recipe soon. It’s a great alternative to royal icing which, for some reason, intimidates me. Hardens nicely — but not as hard as the royal, looks good and tastes yummy.

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