Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and that means one important thing…time to make my favorite cookies ever! This recipe is one of the most flavorful sugar cookies I’ve ever eaten and stays soft rather than getting hard and crunchy. They also hold their shape nicely making them the perfect cookie for decorating. Check out the kids’ masterpieces:
photo 1I found the recipe in a magazine about 6 or 7 years ago and have made them every year since. Now that I live at just over 7,000ft altitude I’ve had to tweak my recipe just a bit, but they still turn out super tasty. This would be also be a good recipe to use as the base for a dessert pizza.

photo 2

Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies
(slightly adapted from Women’s World Magazine to make it more suitable for my altitude) 


3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

3/4 cup butter, room temperature

4 oz. cream cheese

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract



In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.

In an electric mixer, at medium-high speed, cream butter and cream cheese until smooth.

Beat in sugar until fluffy, about 2 minutes.

Add egg and vanilla, beat until well combined.

At medium-low speed, slowly add in flour mixture until dough forms.

Divide dough in half and flatten each half into a disk. Wrap each half with plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours.

When ready to bake, heat oven to 350 degrees.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to about 1/4″ thickness and cut out using cookie cutters. Re-roll scraps and reuse as necessary.

Place 1″ apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 11-15 minutes, until edges turn golden.

Cool on baking sheet for 1 minute and then place on cooling rack to complete cooling.

If you do not live at a high altitude, you should use 1 1/2 tsp baking powder and 3 1/4 cups flour.

photo 3My 3 favorite people working hard decorating cookies

Royal Icing


1 lb powdered sugar

2 Tbsp meringue powder

6 Tbsp warm water

food colorings

In an electric mixer, combine powdered sugar, meringue powder and warm water at low speed until smooth and thickened. If too thick, add additional water 1 tsp at a time. Tint with food coloring to desired shades.


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