These delightfully fluffy, moist, and super delicious melt-in-mouth cookies are made with cream cheese, sugar, and flour. They are slightly crispy on the outside and have a soft cake-like texture on the inside.
These addictive cookies come with a delightful combination of excellently sweet and tangy cream cheese flavors with traces of vanilla.
These are the best ever Cream Cheese Cookies! And if you have never tried cream cheese cookies, then this is high time you try them.
With the addition of cream cheese, you get soft and deliciously chewy cookies. They look like little clouds, and a bite into this cream cheese cookie would magically make you feel like biting into a cloud.
On this page, you will get fail-proof Cream Cheese Cookies recipe with step-by-step photos and video instructions.
Why Cream Cheese Cookies are the best?
These cream cheese cookies:
✔ are incredibly flavorful
✔ are fun and easy to bake
✔ are soft, light and delicious to eat
✔ are awesome for picnics
✔ make a wonderful brunch or snack
✔ make a great homemade gift
✔ are ready in no time
✔ are mess-free and don’t involve much preparation
Can I frost cream cheese cookies?
They taste so good without any frosting. But, if you are into frosting then go ahead and frost them with some melted white chocolate, orange or lemon glaze. If you are involving your little ones in baking these cookies, they might want to top them up with some buttercream frosting and sprinkles. So go ahead and listen to your tiny heart! :)
What are various flavoring variations for Cream Cheese Cookies?
I only added vanilla extract to this recipe. But to jazz up flavors you can play around with more flavorings of your choice. Along with vanilla I love to add a few drops of any of the extracts listed below to this cream cheese cookie recipe:
What are the ingredients used in Cream Cheese Cookies?
These cookies are made with simple ingredients available in any kitchen. These ingredients are:
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How To Make Cream Cheese Cookies?
To make cream cheese cookies, all you need to do is some sifting, mixing, rolling, and baking. This is how you make cream cheese cookies in 7 simple steps:
Cream together butter and cream cheese in a mixing bowl.
Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
Add egg and mix.
Sift together all-purpose flour, salt, and baking powder to the same bowl.
Add vanilla and mix until just combined. And refrigerate.
Roll and bake.
Dust baked cookies with some Icing sugar and enjoy.
For a full list of Cream Cheese Cookies recipe ingredients and step-by-step photo and video instructions, please see the recipe box on this page.
How to store Cream Cheese Cookies?
You can store them in a wax paper-lined cookie tin or airtight container at room temperature. They stay fresh for up to 2 days at room temperature.
Make sure to place the cookies in a single layer and also put wax paper in between the layers.
Do cream cheese cookies need to be refrigerated?
You don’t need to refrigerate cream cheese cookies if you are planning to consume them within 2 days. This is because cream cheese cookies have a small amount of cream cheese, thus, they don’t have bacterial overgrowth after baking. So they can be stored in a cookie tin at room temperature.
If you want a longer shelf life then store them in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 5-6 days.
Can I freeze Cream Cheese Cookies?
They taste best warm when they are out of the oven. But you can surely freeze these cream cheese cookies just the way you freeze other cookies.
After baking, allow them to cool completely on a wire rack. Then arrange them in a single layer on a parchment paper-lined baking pan/sheet. Freeze them. Once frozen, store them in a freezer-safe Ziploc bag.
Make sure to squeeze out extra air. Place them flat in the freezer and freeze. You can freeze them for up to 6 months.
When you want to enjoy cream cheese cookies, simply thaw them overnight in the refrigerator. Before serving, keep them at the kitchen counter for 30-40 minutes to let them come to room temperature.
How to make Cream Cheese Crinkle Cookies?
You can use the same recipe for making cream cheese . To make cream cheese crinkle cookies, just roll the shaped balls in icing sugar before baking. That’s simple. You will get the best looking cream cheese crinkle cookies. :)
How to make cream cheese cookies with cake flour?
Making cream cheese cookies with cake flour is very simple. You just need all-purpose flour with the same amount of cake flour. The rest of the recipe will be the same.
What are some Pro Tips and Tricks to make the best Cream Cheese Cookies?
I sifted dry ingredients to get a smooth finish, but that is not compulsory for this recipe. So you can also add dry ingredients directly without sifting.
Store them in an air-tight container for up to 2 days.
Make sure to measure flour by using a scale, before adding to the wet ingredients. It should be exactly 220 grams. If you don’t have a scale, then fill the cup with flour and level it up using a knife.
The dough will be sticky and might be a bit hard to roll. So for ease of rolling either dust your hands with some dry flour or dampen them with some water before rolling. You may need to dust/dampen quite often.
They taste great when dusted with icing sugar, but they are not overly sweet so you can also drizzle them up with some melted chocolate. Or frost them with a sugar glaze.
Do not overmix the cookie dough. After adding dry ingredients you just need to mix it until well combined.
I add vanilla along with dry ingredients, but you can also add it along with the egg.
Make sure to use the cream cheese and butter at room temperature.
You can bake these cookies for 9-10 minutes. Every oven temperature is different so baking time may vary. The best thing to avoid any overbaking is to keep an eye on the cookies after 7-8 minutes.
They are done when the base is set and the edges begin to turn light golden. The cookies will continue to set as they cool.
The cookie dough chilling time is very important. So make sure you chill the cookie dough for at least an hour. You can chill the dough for 1-2 hours.
Let them cool completely on a wire rack before dusting with icing sugar.
Cream Cheese Cookies (Step-by-step photo instructions)
How to Make Cream Cheese Cookies:
- In a large bowl, cream together butter and cream cheese using an electric hand mixer or in a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.
- Once combined, add the granulated sugar and beat until sugar dissolves and the mixture is light and fluffy.
- After that, add egg and beat well until combined.
- Place a sieve over the same bowl and add all-purpose flour, salt, and baking powder. Pass it through the sieve into the mixture.
- Now add vanilla extract to the same bowl.
- Mix using a spatula until wet and dry ingredients are combined. Make sure to scrape the sides. You will get soft, sticky, and gooey batter.
- Once the batter is ready, cover the bowl using a cling wrap and chill for 1-2 hours.
- Pre-heat oven to 375°C/190°F, and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
- After chilling, portion out about 2 tablespoons of the mixture using an ice cream scoop or a spoon.
- Dampen/dust your hand and roll it into a ball. Similarly, keep making the balls until all the dough is used up.
- Place the rolled balls on the prepared baking tray approximately 2 inches apart from each other.
- Bake for 9-11 minutes or until the edges are set.
- Remove baked cookies from the oven and transfer them to a wire rack and let them cool completely.
- Dust them with icing sugar and enjoy with a cup of hot chocolate or coffee. Store them in an air-tight container for up to 2 days.