Cream Cheese Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs

Easy to work with! The dough for these Cream Cheese Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs is just perfect. Not only is rolling and cutting this dough pleasant, but the taste and mildly tart flavor of the baked cookies is good.

cream cheese sugar cookie

Cream Cheese Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs

2 sticks unsalted butter, room temp
3 ounces cream cheese, slightly soft
1/4 teaspoon salt (omit if using salted butter)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter, cream cheese and salt until fluffy. Scrape sides of bowl and beat in the sugar. Beat for about 2 minutes, then add the egg yolk and vanilla and beat just until mixed. By hand, stir in the flour to make a thick dough – it should be moist, but not too sticky. Divide it in half and shape into two balls. Press the balls into discs. And chill for a few hours.

When ready to cook, press or roll about 3/8 inch thick and bake directly on cookie sheets for 10 minutes in a pre-heated 350 degree oven. The cookies do not spread or puff and they taste great!

Note: For convenience, I divided the dough into two parts (as stated above) then set each part on a big sheet of non-stick foil and pressed each part into a big 3/8 inch thick circle. I covered the circles with another sheet of non-stick foil and chilled the big circles for a few hours. When I was ready to do the cutting, the dough was firm and the cut-outs popped right out with the cutters.

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  1. says

    This is my all time favorite cookie- I’ve been using it for over 20 years. My recipe came from a Pillsbury cookbook (I’ve looked at this book for so many years, but can’t remember the title!). The only difference from your recipe is that mine calls for 1/2 teaspoon EACH of vanilla and almond extracts. Try it.
    My daughter (now 19 years) calls them “Dough Cookies” because the flavor of the cookie doesn’t change much from uncooked to cooked.These are great frosted and plain.

  2. says

    Amy, if you’re going to mail them, you might want to make them a little thicker than 3/8 inch. They’re not delicate, but they might break in shipping if they’re too thin.

    Mary, thanks for the endorsement. When I found this recipe I thought “Recipe, where have you been all my life?”. This is also a good way to use up leftover cream cheese.It makes sense that it came from Pillsbury. I found it on the Internet and it didn’t have a credit.

  3. Carissa says

    Hi! I’ve been meaning to find a use for the leftover cream cheese in the fridge and this recipe sounds perfect. Thanks!

    Would there be a big difference if I included even the egg white in the dough?

  4. says

    Hi Carissa,

    Thanks for stopping by Cookie Madness! To answer your question, no — putting the egg white in isn’t something I would recommend. I suspect it would make the cookies chewy. The texture of the cookies is crispy.

    Also, if you only have a tiny amount of cream cheese (1 1/2 oz), you may halve this recipe. To halve an egg yolk, just crack the egg into a bowl and spoon out half the yolk.

  5. Laura says


    These look awesome. I was wondering, do you mean that you did NOT roll out the dough, but rather pressed it? I am the WORST roller-outer 🙂 of dough ever, so I am curious to see if I may have found a new method!


  6. says

    Hi Laura!

    Yes, I just pressed the dough. No rolling. Sometimes I like rolling dough, but I have to be in a certain mood. If the dough is such that I can get away with just pressing it down, I do. You’ll need to press it down before chilling, though. Otherwise, it will be too firm.

    I guess the only drawback to this method is it takes up more room in the refrigerator because you have to chill your big, flat, pressed out mass of dough.

  7. Nelly says


    I was wondering if you have any idea how much time in advance can this cookies be baked?
    I am planning on making them for a baby shower later this week and I rather have them ready a few days before.
    I would appreciate if you let me know.

  8. says

    Hi Nelly,

    About your sugar cookies, I recommend making the dough a few days ahead of time and baking the cookies no sooner than one day before the baby shower. Hope that helps!


  9. Nelly says


    Today I baked the cookies for the baby shower from the dough I had prepared a couple of days ago and they were great!.
    The taste is delicious!! They were really what I was expecting. I sprinkled them with confectioners sugar and wrapped them in individual bags. They looked and tasted amazing.
    Everyone loved them.
    Thank you Anna for the recipe and your help!


  10. says

    Hi Nelly,

    Thanks for the review! This is a really good recipe, but I think a lot of people don’t know about it. Maybe magazines will print versions of it around holiday time. We’ll see. I’m not exactly sure where I found this one, but as Mary said above, the source is probably Pillsbury.

  11. Nelly says

    Hello Anna!!

    My husband loved the cookies so much he wants to have them at a dinner party next week as dessert with ice cream and caramel.

    So, I was wondering… Do you think the cookie dough will freeze well??…Can I freeze the cookie cut outs between layers of parchment paper?
    Or should I bake the cookies and freeze them already baked?

    Thank you so much again for your help and wonderful blog!

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