RECIPE: Cathy’s Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies

My daughter showing off her crazy-awesome rolling-pin skills...


1 1/2 C. Sugar

1 C. Butter, softened (I use salted)

8 oz. Cream Cheese, softened

1 Egg

1 tsp. Vanilla

1/2 tsp. Almond Extract

3 1/2 C. Flour

1 t. Baking Powder

My boys are expert cookie cutters...and dough eaters!


In mixer (I use my cake-batter attachement), beat sugar, butter, and cream cheese until fluffy-ish.  Add egg, vanilla, and almond extract.  Beat until creamy.

In separate bowl, sift flour and baking powder together.

Little by little, add flour mix to cream cheese mixture.  Mix well until flour is fully incorporated.  Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill for 2-3 hours.

On lightly floured surface, roll dough (about 1/2″ thickness).  Cut cookies and bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes.

Our first batch of the season, made to share on Thanksgiving!

I use a simple powdered sugar glaze as frosting for these – powdered sugar, water, and a little vanilla.  Add water little by little to the sugar until you get the consistency you want.  Liven up with food coloring and decorating goodies!


20 thoughts on “RECIPE: Cathy’s Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies

  1. Marcy Kennedy says:

    Printing off the recipe for my next baking day 🙂 I love the simplicity of the recipe because it makes it great to do with kids (or in my case, to give a husband who can barely boil water a lesson in the kitchen).

    • Myndi stray sock away from insanity. says:

      Totally dig simple recipes with short ingredient lists! Somehow I’ve managed to move the hubster past the boiling water stage – he makes a pretty mean grilled cheese now. 🙂 But this is one of the kiddos favorite recipes – making sugar cookies is a little like playdough with benefits. The fun of playdough, with a cookie at the end. 😉

      Thanks for stopping by, Marcy!

  2. Sheila Seabrook says:

    I love the pictures of your children making the cookies. The look of concentration on your daughter’s face is absolutely priceless!

    Thanks for the wonderful recipe, Myndi. I’m definitely going to make these this year. 🙂

  3. Patricia says:

    Oh my Gosh! These cookies are so going to be made at my house. Yum. Thanks for sharing the recipe and pictures of your little elf helpers.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  4. zencherry says:

    Cream cheese is the ingredient otherwise known as manna. I am making these this year for the cookie packs I give out. Thank you!

  5. Emma Burcart says:

    Thank you for posting this! I was going to try harassing you via twitter to get the recipe. Thanks for preventing me from becoming a cookie stalker. I can’t wait to make them. Ok, really, I can’t wait to eat them!

  6. Tameri Etherton says:

    Yum!! I love sugar cookies and we’re definitely trying out this recipe this year. I can’t wait until my daughter is home so we can start making them. Come on, December 16th!

    Your kids are way too adorable. I love, love, love that little rolling pin. So precious!

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