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Cut out sugar cookies with cream cheese frosting! These are perfectly golden on the outside yet remain fluffy in the middle! showmetheyummy.com #sugarcookies #cookies
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Cut Out Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

These Cut out Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting are a holiday favorite! They're crisp and golden on the outside, but soft and fluffy in the middle. Topped with the BEST cream cheese frosting.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked, cream cheese frosting, cut out
Servings: 48 cookies
Calories: 109kcal


Sugar cookies

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • 1/4 cup milk room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 oz cream cheese softened to room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons milk/half-half/heavy cream room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Sugar Cookies

  • Cream together butter and sugar using your stand (or hand) mixer.
  • After the butter and sugar mixture is fluffy, add in an egg, milk, vanilla, and almond extract. Beat until combined. 
  • Add in the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt) and mix until fully combined. 
  • The dough will probably be extremely sticky, but that's ok. Cover with saran wrap and let chill for at least an hour in the fridge.
  • If you let it chill for more than an hour, you may need to let it rest at room temperature for 30 minutes, or it'll be too hard to roll out.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with a silicone mat.
  • Once the dough is ready, form it into a ball the best you can in the bowl. Then roll it out using a rolling pin. *Make sure your surface and rolling pin are both well floured.*
  • Roll out the dough until it's about 1/8 in - 1/4 in thick.
  • Cut the dough into whatever shape you like. You may want to flour your cookie cutters as well. 
  • Bake on a silicone mat in a preheated oven for 8 - 12 minutes.
  • Mine were perfect at 10 minutes: a slightly golden, crunchy exterior with a soft middle. If you want a crunchier cookie, roll these out to about 1/8 in thick and bake for a little longer.
  • Cool completely on a wire cooling rack.
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Cream Cheese Frosting

  • In your stand mixer, place cream cheese and beat until fluffy, about 1 minute.
  • Slowly add in powdered sugar and a pinch of salt. You may need to stop and scrape down the bottom and sides of the bowl.
  • Now add in the milk and vanilla and mix until combined.
  • Frost and enjoy!
  • Let the frosting completely harden before storing these at room temperature in an airtight container.
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If you want crunchier cookies, roll the dough to 1/8 inch thick and bake about 10 - 12 minutes.
My cookies were rolled to 1/4 inch thick and baked for 10 and they were the perfect amount of crunchy on the edges and soft in the middle.
Prep time includes chilling time!


Calories: 109kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 23mg | Potassium: 28mg | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.4mg