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Sugar Cookies

The secret to these delicious sugar cookies is the cream cheese! These sugar cookies are perfectly soft thanks to the combination of butter and cream cheese. You can make the dough several days in advance. We like to frost these cookies with our Homemade Buttercream Frosting.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Chill Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 38 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 3 Dozen


  • Kitchen Mixer
  • Baking Pans
  • Cookie Cutters
  • Rolling Pin


  • 2 1/2 Cups Flour
  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter At room temperature
  • 6 Oz Soft Cream Cheese At Room Temperature
  • 1 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 Cup Flour Set Aside for rolling out cookies

Butter Cream Frosting

  • 8 tbsp Unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 3 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 7 tbsp Condensed Unsweetened Milk
  • Food Coloring Optional


  • In a small bowl, combine flour baking powder, and salt. Mix together and set aside.
  • In kitchen mixing bowl, combine softened butter and cream cheese. Mix until well combined. Add one egg and mix. Stir in vanilla. Slowly add in powdered sugar until well combined.
  • Add in dry ingredients by the spoonful, mixing until combined.
  • Once all ingredients have been combined, your dough will still look sticky. At this point, lay a piece of saran wrap on kitchen counter and scoop your dough into the center. Form into a ball and cover with saran wrap. Flatten into a disk and place in fridge.
  • Chill dough in fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  • Pre-Heat Oven To 375 degrees. Remove dough from fridge.
  • Using the reserved 1/2 cup of flour, spread it out on a silicon pastry mat. On your floured surface, roll out cookie dough to about 1/4 inch thick. Using cookie cutters, cut out your cookie dough. Please cookies on baking sheet (I line my baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper).
  • Bake for 7-9 minutes, until edges are just beginning to brown. Remove from oven and let cool for about 2 minutes. Transfer to wire cooling rack to finish cooling.
  • Store cookies in air-tight container for up to one week.

Butter Cream Frosting

  • Place butter and powdered sugar in mixing bowl. Combine well, making sure all clumps are out before moving on to next step. Add salt and vanilla. Slowly add in milk until you reach the desired consistency.
  • (Optional) Scoop spoonfuls of butter cream frosting into small bowls. Add food coloring to the bowls to add color to the frosting. Mix food coloring with frosting.
  • Spread frosting on to cookies and decorate! Sometimes I use a knife to spread the frosting on to the cookies and other times I pipe the frosting on to the cookies.
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