Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese
These pillowy soft cookies with dreamy buttercream frosting will make you question why you’ve ever made any other type of sugar cookie. Adding cream cheese to the cookie dough creates an ultra-tender cookie that pairs perfectly with homemade vanilla buttercream frosting
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 to 4 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Gel food colors, as desired
Candy sprinkles, as desired
How to Make Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese
Heat oven to 350°F. In small bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.
In large bowl, beat granulated sugar, cream cheese and 1/2 cup softened butter with electric mixer on medium speed about 1 minute or until fluffy; scrape side of bowl. Beat in egg just until smooth. Stir in 2 teaspoons vanilla. On low speed, beat flour mixture into sugar mixture until well blended. Cover and refrigerate 15 minutes.
Shape dough into 60 (1-inch) balls. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are set. Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 15 minutes.
How to Make Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting
Meanwhile, in medium bowl, beat powdered sugar, 1/4 cup softened butter, 2 to 4 tablespoons milk and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla with spoon until smooth and fluffy. If frosting is too stiff to spread, add additional milk, 1 teaspoon at a time. Tint with food color. Using knife, spread slightly less than 1 teaspoon frosting on each cooled cookie; top with sprinkles. Store covered in airtight container at room temperature.