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Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies for Christmas

Sugar cookies are a classic Christmas treat. But with all the rolling and cutting, they can take forever to make. Instead of spending the day preparing cookies, why not simplify your holiday baking with an easy recipe? These simple cream cheese sugar cookies are a delicious treat for the holidays. But the best part is that there’s no rolling or cutting required!

Sugar cookies are a classic Christmas treat. But with all the rolling and cutting, they can take forever to make. Instead of spending the day preparing cookies, why not simplify your holiday baking with an easy recipe? These simple cream cheese sugar cookies are a delicious treat for the holidays. But the best part is that there’s no rolling or cutting required!

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What Do I Need to Make Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies?

These easy drop sugar cookies are made with a combination of simple ingredients. And once they’re finished baking, you can top them with a quick buttercream icing for a delicious Christmas cookie that only takes a few minutes to prepare. Here’s what you’ll need to make this cream cheese sugar cookie recipe:

Ingredients for Cream Cheese Cookies

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How Do I Make Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies?

Unlike traditional sugar cookies, this easy recipe doesn’t require you to use a rolling pin or cookie cutters. Just follow these five simple steps to prepare and decorate your Christmas cookies:

Holiday cream cheese cookies.

Step One: Prepare the Cookie Dough

Start by preparing your sugar cookie dough. Add your butter and granulated sugar to the bowl of your stand mixer. Using the paddle attachment, beat the two ingredients together until light and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar a little at a time, mixing as you add. Turn off the mixer and add the vanilla, along with one egg. Beat the ingredients together, then add the remaining egg. Beat again, then add the cream cheese. Mix until all the ingredients are well combined.

Butter and eggs with blender.

Step Two: Add the Dry Ingredients

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Turn on the stand mixer and slowly add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture. Continue adding the flour to the bowl, and mix until the dough begins to come together. Make sure not to over-mix the cookie dough to keep it from drying out.

Step Three: Chill the Cookie Dough

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill the dough for at least one hour. When the dough has firmed up, preheat your oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Use a cookie scoop to scoop out round balls of dough. Transfer the dough to the baking sheet, leaving around two inches between each cookie to give them room to spread. Gently press down the cookie balls to flatten them slightly (but do not completely flatten them) with the palm of your hand.

Pro Tip: I used a medium sized cookie scoop to make these cookies, so a heaping 2 Tablespoons of dough per cookie. However, they can be made smaller  (1 Tablespoon) or larger (3 Tablespoons) based on preference.

Cookie scoop in batter.

Step Four: Bake the Sugar Cookies

Place the cookies in the preheated oven and bake for 12 minutes. The cookies will be ready to come out of the oven when the edges are beginning to brown. Allow the cookies to cool completely on the baking sheet.

Step Five: Prepare the Buttercream Icing

To decorate your cookies, start by preparing a batch of buttercream icing. First, beat the butter using your stand mixer’s whisk attachment. Continue beating until the butter is light and fluffy, then add the sugar little by little until well mixed. Pour in the vanilla extract and heavy whipping cream and mix until the icing is well blended and smooth.

Step Six: Decorate the Sugar Cookies

Once the cookies have cooled completely, use the icing to decorate your cookies. Spread the butter cream over the top of each cookie using a spatula. Top the cookies with sprinkles for an added holiday touch.

Icing the cream cheese cookies

Cream Cheese Sugar Cookie Recipe Tips & Tricks

You’re going to love how simple this recipe is to make! And with these quick tips and tricks, you’ll have a batch of delicious Christmas cookies ready for your family to enjoy in no time.

  • Start with room temperature ingredients. Since this easy sugar cookie recipe is made with butter and cream cheese, it’s important that you give your ingredients time to soften. Around an hour before you plan on baking, remove the butter and cream cheese from the refrigerator and place them on the counter. By the time you’re ready to start cooking, your butter and cream cheese should be the right consistency for mixing.
  • Use food coloring to tint the icing. Add even more holiday cheer to your cookies with the help of food coloring. Separate your buttercream icing in to three bowls. Set one bowl aside to keep it white, then add green food coloring to one bowl and red food coloring to the third bowl. Stir to mix the icing, then spread each color on the cookies before decorating with sprinkles.
  • Chill a second time to prevent spreading. If you notice your cookies are spreading too much as they bake, try chilling your dough a second time. After rolling the dough into balls, place the baking sheet in the refrigerator to chill for around 30 minutes. Then bake the cookies according to the recipe instructions. This second chill will give the dough a chance to firm up after coming in contact with your warm skin, ensuring your cookies don’t over-spread as the bake.

Cream cheese Christmas cookies

Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies for Christmas

Sugar cookies are a classic Christmas treat. But with all the rolling and cutting, they can take forever to make. Instead of spending the day preparing cookies, why not simplify your holiday baking with an easy recipe? These simple cream cheese sugar cookies are a delicious treat for the holidays. But the best part is that there’s no rolling or cutting required!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 24 medium-sized cookies
Calories: 234kcal

Ingredients

For Cookies:

Buttercream Frosting:

  • 1/3 cup butter softened
  • 2 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 1/2 tbsp whipping cream
  • food coloring red and green or any additional colors you would like!
  • sprinkles

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a stand mixer, mix the butter with the granulated sugar until fluffy. Little by little add in the powdered sugar. Mix until combined.
  • Add the vanilla, and one egg at a time. Add the cream cheese and mix until combined.
  • In another bowl, sift the flour, baking soda, and baking powder.
  • Slowly add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture until everything comes together. Do not over mix.
  • Place the mixture in the refrigerator for at least an hour so it is easier to handle.
  • With a medium cookie scoop, scoop round balls onto the prepared baking sheet. *You can also do this with a large spoon and scoop up about 2 tablespoons of dough. Place them on the baking pan at least 2 inches apart as they do expand. Then, flatten cookie dough balls slightly with the palm of your hand.
  • Bake for 12 minutes or until they are starting to brown. Allow to cool completely before removing from pan and frosting.
  • Meanwhile, prepare your buttercream frosting by beating the butter with a stand mixer, until light and fluffy.
  • Add the sugar little by little until fully combined. Add the vanilla and whipping cream. Mix until combined.
  • Divide the frosting up into 3 small bowls and add a drop of red food coloring to one bowl, stir until combined. Add more food coloring drop-by-drop (if needed) until desired color of red is reached. In the second small bowl, do the same with the green food coloring. In the third small bowl, leave the frosting white or add a different color of food coloring, if desired, following the same procedure.
  • Spread some of the buttercream frosting with a spatula over each cookie and top with sprinkles. Let the frosting firm up before serving.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Pro Tip: I used a medium sized cookie scoop to make these cookies, so a heaping 2 Tablespoons of dough per cookie. However, they can be made smaller  (1 Tablespoon) or larger (3 Tablespoons) based on preference.

Nutrition

Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 111mg | Potassium: 60mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 245IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg
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Darlene Geyer

Monday 14th of November 2022

If you use a 2 T. size scoop,, how many does this make? You said you used 2 T. but the recipe says 1 T. Thanks you. They sound delicious!

angela @marathonsandmotivation

Monday 14th of November 2022

Hi Darlene! Thank you so much for asking! I just went in and edited the recipe to clarify it more. The cookies I made that are pictured here were made with 2 heaping Tbsp of dough. This yields 20-24 cookies. I would love to hear how they turn out if you make them! Happy Holidays :-)