Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies



  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour



Step 1

Beat together sugar, butter, cream cheese, egg yolk, salt, almond extract, and vanilla in a large bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Gradually mix in flour until dough comes together.

Step 2

Divide dough into thirds and form each piece into a disk. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate, 8 hours to overnight.

Step 3

When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

Step 4

Working with one disk at a time, roll dough on a lightly floured surface to an 1/8-inch thickness; keep other disks refrigerated until ready to roll. Cut dough into desired shapes with lightly floured cookie cutters. Place cookies 1 inch apart onto ungreased baking sheets.

Step 5

Bake in the preheated oven until cookies are light golden brown, 7 to 10 minutes, switching racks halfway through. Remove from the oven and transfer cookies to wire racks.

Step 6

Cool cookies completely before frosting.


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