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cream cheese cookie half eaten on top of more cream cheese cookies

Cream Cheese Cookies

  • Author: Elizabeth Waterson I Confessions of a Baking Queen
  • Prep Time: 2 Hours 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 Dozen Cookies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


Pillowy soft these cream cheese cookies are melt in your mouth delicious. Step-by-step photos help you make this simple but scrumptious cookie recipe. 


  • 4oz (1/2 Cup) Unsalted Butter, softened to room temperature
  • 4oz (1/2 Cup) Cream Cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 188 Grams (1 1/2 Cups) Confectioner's/ Powdered Sugar 
  • 1 Large Egg, at room temperature 
  • 1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract 
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Pure Almond Extract 
  • 219 Grams (1 3/4 Cups) All-Purpose/ Plain Flour 
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Granulated/ Caster Sugar 
  • 2 Tablespoons Powdered/ Confectioners Sugar


  1. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment or large bowl with a handheld electric mixer beat the softened butter, cream cheese, and powdered sugar for 3 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Add in the egg, vanilla extract, and almond extract, scraping down the side of the bowl to ensure everything is evenly combined. 
  2. In a small bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. 
  3. Gently fold in the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, be careful not to overmix. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour in the fridge. 
  4. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat liner and preheat oven to 375F/190C. In a small bowl or cup add the granulated sugar. Use a medium cookie scoop to make evenly sized cookie balls. Roll in the granulated sugar and place a couple of inches apart on the prepared tray. 
  5. Bake the cookies for 8-11 minutes, mine cooked closer to 9 1/2 minutes. you want the cookies to be just set, not wet in the middle though. Let cool for 5 minutes on the tray then transfer to a wire rack. Once cookie are cooled, place powdered sugar in a bowl and dip baked cookies in powdered sugar. Cookies can be stored in an air-tight container for up 5 days.

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