the best soft sugar cookies

  • Prep Time: 3h
  • Cook Time: 10m
  • Total Time: 3h 30m
  • Yield: 50+ cookies
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Cookie Dough

  • 8 ounces (1 block) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 egg yolks, room temperature
  • 2 cups (400 g) granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 1/4 cups (655 g) all-purpose flour

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 ounces (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 ounces (1/2 block) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups (315 g) powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch salt
  • 1-2 tablespoon heavy cream (optional)


Cookie Dough

  1. Using a stand or handheld mixer, cream together the butter + cream cheese until completely smooth.
  2. Add sugar + beat until fully incorporated and fluffy, about 1-2 minutes.
  3. Adjust to medium speed, and add egg yolks, vanilla, almond extract, and salt until combined.
  4. On low speed, slowly add flour in ~1/2 cup increments. Mix until just combined.
  5. Chill the dough for a minimum of 2 hours or up to 3 days.
  6. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  7. On a floured surface, roll cookie dough to about 1/4 - 1/2 inch thick before using cookie cutters to achieve desired shapes.
  8. Bake for 8-12 minutes, adjusting time as needed based on size of cookie shapes. Cookies will still look slightly underdone + soft. You do not want to have any browning on the cookie to avoid crisp, rather than soft, sugar cookies.
  9. Allow to cool for about 5 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Cream butter + cream cheese together with stand or handheld mixer. Add salt + vanilla extract.
  2. With mixer on low speed, slowly add the powdered sugar. If frosting seems too thick, you may add 1-2 tablespoons of heavy cream to thin.
  3. Frosting may be used as is or add food coloring to make a variety of colors. Store in refrigerator until ready to use.

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