Festive Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies

Make these classic, easy and delightful sugar cookies—and every day can feel like a holiday. Use simple or playful cookie cutters and sprinkle with colored sugar. Get creative and get oohs and aahs!

cream cheese sugar cookies recipe

: Serves 48 (1 serving = 1 cookie)


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter, unsalted, softened
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 large egg, separated
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • Optional garnish: colored sugar

Nutrition Per Serving

Calories 79 cal
Total Fat 5 g
Saturated Fat 3 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 16 mg
Sodium 33 mg
Carbohydrates 9 g
Protein 1 g
Phosphorus 11 mg
Potassium 11 mg
Dietary Fiber 0 g
Calcium 4 mg


  1. In a large bowl, combine sugar, butter, cream cheese, salt, almond extract, vanilla extract and egg yolk. Blend well. Stir in flour until well-blended.
  2. Chill cookie dough for 2 hours in the refrigerator.
  3. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough, one third at a time to ¼–inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes with lightly floured cookie cutters.
  5. Place them 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Leave cookies plain, or if desired, brush with slightly beaten egg white and sprinkle with colored sugar.
  6. Bake cream cheese cookies for 7–9 minutes or until light golden brown. Let cool completely before serving.

Contributed by: Pat Cooper, Chicago, Illinois.