How to Make Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

One of the questions I get asked a lot is about royal icing and what other types of frostings taste good on sugar cookies. I’m sure you’ve probably seen many different sugar cookie recipes online. Trying to decide which frosting recipes will compliment it can get confusing. Cream cheese frosting is classic and if you don’t have time to wait for the royal icing to dry, you should try this recipe.

Don’t get me wrong, I personally love royal icing because you can achieve all kinds of different looks and designs with it. You can also package and stack the cookies which makes it easy to give away or ship. Adding a different frosting to a basic sugar cookie recipe is an easy way to get a delicious cookie with a recipe you know and trust.

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Do you have a good sugar cookie recipe? If you do, you can use it to make these cookies. If not, feel free to use mine or check out some other bloggers recipes. Bake at 350,  Sweet Sugarbelle, Sweetopia, Lila Loa, and many others have delicious sugar cookie recipes that taste amazing and will go well with this cream cheese frosting recipe.New Sugar Cookie Recipe Ebook! Perfect Cookies Every Time

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Yield: 35-40 cookies

Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 49 minutes
Do you have a sugar cookie recipe? If you do, use it to make sugar cookies with cream cheese frosting. They're delicious and they'll make everyone happy!


For the cookies:

  • 2 sticks (8 ounces) of unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp of Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 cups (17 ounces) of All-Purpose Flour

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 4 ounces of cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup of unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2 cups of confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla


For the Sugar Cookies:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Begin by placing the flour in a bowl and set it aside.
  3. Place butter in a bowl and beat until smooth.
  4. Cream the sugar and butter.
  5. Add eggs one at a time mixing well in between each addition.
  6. Add the vanilla, salt and baking powder and mix
  7. Mix in the flour one cup at a time and mix just until the ingredients are combined.
  8. Use a cookie scoop and place the dough on a lined baking sheet 2 inches apart.
  9. Use a glass dipped into sugar to press down the dough.
  10. Use a measuring cup to make the indention on each cookie.
  11. Bake 6-9 minutes.
  12. Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack.

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

  1. Place the softened cream cheese and butter in a bowl.
  2. Mix until well blended.
  3. Add the confectioners' sugar and mix until it's smooth.
  4. Add the pure vanilla extract.
  5. Mix until smooth.
  6. Add your favorite color and frost the cookies once they are cool.


Store the cookies in an airtight container and store the cream cheese frosting in the fridge. You need to frost them when you serve them.

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  • Begin by making your favorite sugar cookie recipe.
  • Use a cookie scoop to add them to a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

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  • Dip the bottom of a glass, or in my case a Mason Jar, into some granulated sugar and press it into the top of the dough.
  • Use a measuring cup or something with a flat bottom to make an indention. Don’t worry about making the cookies look perfect. The rough edges give these a homemade look that makes them taste even better if that’s possible.

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  • Soften the cream cheese and the butter and mix until well blended.
  • Add the confectioners’ sugar and mix well.
  • Add the vanilla extract.
  • If you want, add a little food gel color and mix until the frosting is smooth with no lumps.

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Here is the fun part of this recipe. Don’t frost until your ready to serve them. Store the cookies in an airtight container and the cream cheese frosting in an airtight container in the fridge. Since they are made with cream cheese frosting, we need to be careful and keep the frosting cold until it’s time to eat them.

This would be a fun time to let your cookie eaters decorate their own. Place each cookie on a plate and give everyone a few sprinkles. It’s a mini cookie decorating party!

Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

I didn’t make a video of the cookies since I already have one, but I couldn’t resist making one for the frosting. I hope you enjoy the cookies as much as we do!

Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting | The Bearfoot Baker

Royal icing will always be my go-to icing for decorating, but I don’t know if I’ll ever run away from a sugar cookie covered with cream cheese frosting! They’re just so good!

What kind of cookies are you making this holiday season? I’d love to hear about it!

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