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Cream Cheese Cutout Cookies

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Cream Cheese Cutout Cookies

Christmas may be over, but that isn’t going to stop us from sharing a little more holiday cheer (and calories!).

These Cream Cheese Cutout Cookies are perfect for any occasion and any time of year, but in our family they tend to make a specialย appearanceย for the Christmas holiday. A seriously delicious cream cheese cookie, cut out into the shapes of Christmas Trees, stockings, wreaths and stars; then topped with a delicious almond frosting.

If you put a few of these out for Santa I’m certain he would leave you an extra present – though I wouldn’t know; I never have any cookies left to share with him. ๐Ÿ™‚

Cream Cheese Cutout Cookies

I wanted to share this recipe with you last week but it wasn’t ready in time. Instead I shared the very festive (hey it’s got green and red)ย avocado and tomato dip – prefect for New Years Eve.

This recipe was actually originally posted 2 years ago (!) when we first started our blog, when it was just our online collection of family recipes. These cream cheese cut out cookies come from a friend of the family, Betty.

Betty shared this recipe with my Mom a few years ago, and my Mom has been baking these cookies ever since. I love that. I love when family and friends share recipes. Good food is meant to be shared, and now whenever we have these cookies we think of Betty.

Cream Cheese Cutout Cookies

We had a very nice Christmas – our first with Baby Boy, who is now officially 9 months old (where has the time gone?). It was fun watching him open his presents. We would tear the wrapping paper or tug at the tissue paper to start him off, then after he got the idea he would rip it off. At first he wasn’t really sure about this whole unwrapping presents thing. He would grab the wrapping paper then look at us, as if to say “Really? You’re going to let me rip this thing apart and not stop me?” Once he got into it he really had fun. I think the wrapping paper was more fun than the actual present – though he thoroughly enjoyed those too.

Cream Cheese Cutout Cookies

I didn’t ask Santa for anything for Christmas. I already got what I wanted, 9 months ago and 4 and 1/2 years ago); a beautiful, happy and healthy Baby Boy and a wonderful, loving wife. I couldn’t ask for anything better than that.

We hope you had a great Christmas and Hanukkah, and a wonderful time with the people you love.

Cream Cheese Cutout Cookies

Cream Cheese Cutout Cookies


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder


  1. In a large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese until well combined. Add sugar, beat until fluffy. Add egg, vanilla, and almond extract, beat well.
  2. In small bowl, combine flour and baking powder. Add dry ingredients to cream cheese mixture. Beat until well mixed.
  3. Divide dough in half, wrap each portion in plastic wrap, refrigerate about 1 1/2 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Roll out dough half at a time to 1/8 inch thickness. On lightly flowered surface cut out cookies with cutters. Place 2 inches apart on a non greased cookie sheet.
  5. Bake 8 to 10 min or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  6. Frost cookies with almond frosting.

Almond Frosting


  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 4 or 5 tablespoons milk
  • Food coloring - optional


  1. In small bowl beat the powdered sugar, softened butter and almond extract until smooth.
  2. For piping consistency beat in 4 or 5 tsps milk. For spreading consistency add a little more milk.
  3. If desired tint with food coloring

Cream Cheese Cutout Cookies

I thought it would be fun to share a photo of my Christmas baking, as I did quite a lot of it. I went through about 8 pounds of flour and 2 pounds of butter. Here’s what my lucky family got in their Christmas cookie tins:

Lots of Christmas Cookies


25 thoughts

  • Soma Sengupta
    December 27, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    This looks great. Thanks!

  • December 27, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    I just want to reach into the screen and grab one to eat right now! Yum!

    • Chris
      December 27, 2011 at 6:52 pm

      I hear you. As soon as they invent Wonkavision I’m gonna be the first one to sign up.

  • December 27, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Wow! Your cookie tins look amazing! How did the s’mores cake in a jar taste? It looks like an amazing mess hahah

    Are the cream cheese cookies like a soft sugar cookie? They look delicious

    • Chris
      December 27, 2011 at 6:54 pm

      Thanks Madeline! I actually haven’t hard the S’mores cake just yet. I saved one for myself but haven’t broken into it yet – tomorrow if the weather is nice (because of course I have to photograph before I can eat anything. hah).

      The cookies are dense and chewy actually. You would think soft like a sugar cookie but they aren’t. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • December 27, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    That is too cute about your son enjoying the wrapping paper more than the presents! ๐Ÿ™‚ These cookies look oh so good and I’d gladly eat a dozen right now. Love the addition of the cream cheese. Thanks for the recipe! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • December 27, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Those cookies look lovely. And wow, you baked a lot of cookies. Impressive!

    • Chris
      December 29, 2011 at 7:50 pm

      I may have gone a little overboard ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • December 27, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    ooh ! You need to send some to your adopted family of Recipe bloggers via mail next year ๐Ÿ˜‰ So yumm !!

    • Chris
      December 29, 2011 at 7:51 pm

      Lol! Perhaps ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • January 1, 2012 at 7:58 am

    Our 11 month old wanted nothing to do with unwrapping presents. I wonder if it’s a girl thing? She’s all dainty, and princessy and just stared at me like I was handing her a pile of dirt. Which makes me think they gave me the wrong child at the hospital, I don’t do pink or princesses. ANYWAY, these cookies look terrific! Festive and tasty!

    • Chris
      January 1, 2012 at 7:22 pm

      Lol! Too cute. Thanks for sharing =D Hope your little one enjoyed the presents after they were open at least. Took our little guy a day or so for the novelty of Christmas to wear off before he was like, oh yea, toys!

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  • December 22, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    MMmmM! These are really good!

    The cookies themselves have great flavor from the cream cheese and just the right amount of sweetness. The dough was really easy to work with and baked up nicely. I found rolling the dough to 1/8″ inch was a little too thin. I would definitely recommend closer to 1/4″ because the cookies are somewhat delicate once baked, but maybe that’s just a personal preference.

    The frosting is great as well. The recipe made a good amount (I hate when you end up with way too much left over, or too little to frost all the cookies!) and was also easy to work with. It’s a good consistency, holds on to the sprinkles well, and dries nicely so that the cookies are stackable. I think I may have found my go-to cut-out cookie recipe!

    Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Chris
      December 26, 2012 at 10:36 pm

      Awesome! So glad to hear Stephanie ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Daria Danko
    August 15, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Does the icing harden so they can be stacked in gift baskets? Or is it a soft icing?

    • Chris
      August 15, 2013 at 11:09 am

      Yep, it will harden up so you can stack and give as gifts ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks Daria and happy baking!

  • Laura Adams
    February 5, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Hi there! I’ve made this recipe a handful of times and it is my favorite. I was wondering if anyone have frozen the dough or made the dough ahead of time and kept it in fridge for a few days?

    • Chris
      February 5, 2016 at 9:07 am

      Hi Laura. My Mom makes these for all of her grand kids birthday parties and for special occasions. She always makes a huge batch of the dough ahead of time and will freeze it so that when she is ready she can just thaw it and cut out the shapes. You can also make the cookie and freeze it, taking it out when you are ready to frost. Enjoy!

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