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Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

These sugar cookies with cream cheese frosting are so soft! They are the perfect cookie for Valentine's Day. This is our favorite recipe for cut out sugar cookies. You can make these sugar cookies with cream cheese frosting for any holiday!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Chill Time2 hrs 15 mins
Total Time2 hrs 52 mins
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 199kcal


For the cookies:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter slightly softened
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar

For the cream cheese frosting:

  • 3 ounces cream cheese well softened
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar plus up to 1/2 cup more as needed
  • food coloring if desired, to color frosting


Make the cookies:

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and powdered sugar until combined. Add the egg, vanilla extract and almond extract and mix until well combined.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and cream of tartar. Slowly add the flour mixture to the mixer and mix until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Divide the dough in half and form each half into a disk. Wrap each disk tightly with plastic wrap; cover and chill at least 2 hours, or up to 24 hours.
  • When you are ready to bake the cookies, preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.
  • On a lightly floured work surface, roll the dough ¼-inch thick. Cut into desired shapes and place on prepared baking sheets, spacing a few inches apart. Chill the cookies in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes before baking, to reduce spreading.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 6-8 minutes, until cookies are barely golden on the bottom. Let cool completely before frosting.

Make the frosting:

  • Using an electric mixer, beat together cream cheese, milk, and vanilla. Add confectioners' sugar, one cup at a time, beating until well combined, until you reach your desired consistency and sweetness. Add a few drops of food coloring, if desired, to color the frosting.
  • Spread frosting in an even layer on cookies.
  • Store frosted cookies in the refrigerator.


*Yes, you will have enough frosting for all of the cookies with just 3 ounces of cream cheese.
Source: Recipe from my mom, originally adapted from Betty Crocker.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 199kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 61mg | Potassium: 44mg | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 295IU | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.6mg
Nutrition information is only an estimate.
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