How to Make Super Soft + Delicious Cream Cheese Cookies

These cream cheese cookies boast a unique softness and a rich, creamy flavor thanks to the key ingredient—cream cheese. While following the recipe, remember to have your cream cheese and butter at room temperature to ensure a smooth and well-combined dough. When you love classic cookies but want a change of pace, turn to this recipe.

powdered sugar on top of cream cheese cookies

Cream Cheese Cookies

This recipe is rresistibly soft and it's perfect for when you need a cookie that's just a little different.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time 57 minutes
Serving Size 24 cookies

Equipment

Ingredients 

  • 8 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • ½ cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • powdered sugar to dust optional topping

Instructions 

  • Beat cream cheese, butter, and sugar. With an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the cream cheese, butter, and sugar until everything is well combined.
    Cream cheese and butter creamed together with sugar in a clear mixing bowl.
  • Add egg and vanilla. Then beat in the egg and vanilla, scraping the bottom with a spatula to make sure everything is combined..
    Adding and mixing dry ingredients into the cream cheese mixture in a clear bowl.
  • Add dry ingredients. Add the flour and baking powder to the wet mixture and stir by hand until you see no more dry ingredients. The dough will be very soft; this is normal.
    Adding flour to the creamy mixture of cream cheese and sugar, preparing to mix into cookie dough.
  • Chill. Chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes as the dough will be very sticky.
  • Prep for baking. Preheat your oven to 350℉ and line your baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Shape. Using a two tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop the dough onto your baking sheet, about 2 inches apart, they don’t spread much.
    Scooped cookie dough ready on a parchment-lined baking tray, spaced out for baking.
  • Bake. Bake for about 12 minutes. Let them sit on the cookie sheet for a minute to make them easier to handle, then transfer them to a wire rack. Once cool, dust with powdered sugar.
    Freshly baked cream cheese cookies on a baking tray, just dusted with powdered sugar from a sieve.

Notes

Store in the fridge or at room temperature for up to 1-2 days. They will be moist and absorb any powdered sugar added to them either way. Storing in the fridge for over 24 hours may result in harder cookies, storing at room temperature will lead to softer, creamier cookies.
Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 49mg | Potassium: 27mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 245IU | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg

I have to admit, I’m absolutely hooked on these. Every time I whip up a batch, they disappear before I even have a chance to store them! They have just the right balance of sweetness and a melt-in-your-mouth texture that makes them a hit, especially during family gatherings. They’re just that good! I often find myself making an extra batch, just so I have a few to enjoy with my morning coffee.

A plate of soft cream cheese cookies, generously dusted with powdered sugar.

Trust me, you’ll want to make these more than once!

Cream Cheese Cookies Tips

  • Room Temperature Ingredients: For the best results, ensure your cream cheese and butter are truly at room temperature to create a smooth and uniform cookie dough.
  • Cookie Scoop Size: Consistency is key for even baking. Use a precise 2 tablespoon cookie scoop to ensure all your cookies are the same size and cook uniformly.
  • Dough Handling: If the dough becomes too soft or sticky while shaping the cookies, chill it for an additional 10-15 minutes to make it easier to handle.
  • Baking Sheet Spacing: Since these cookies don’t spread much, spacing them about 2 inches apart on the baking sheet is enough, but make sure they are not too close to each other to allow for even cooking.

Key Ingredients and Tools

When you’re getting ready to make these, a few tools and ingredients stand out as particularly important for ensuring the cookies turn out just right. Here’s a closer look at some of them:

Ingredients laid out for making cream cheese cookies: vanilla, butter, cream cheese, egg, flour, and sugar.

Hand Mixer. This tool is crucial for creaming together the cream cheese, butter, and sugar until smooth, which is key to the texture of your cookies.

Cream Cheese. Always opt for full-fat cream cheese to achieve the rich, creamy texture that makes these cookies so delightful. The low-fat version can alter the consistency and flavor of your cookies.

Parchment Paper. Using parchment paper on your cookie sheet ensures that the cookies can be easily removed after baking and helps them cook evenly without sticking.

Cookie Scoop. A consistent size among your cookies not only makes them look professional but also ensures they bake evenly, so none are over or undercooked.

Each of these items plays a pivotal role in the success of your baking, so it’s worth paying attention to them as you prepare. Happy baking, and enjoy the wonderful flavors these cookies bring!

Serving Suggestions

Serve with fresh strawberries and a cup of hot coffee.

Troubleshooting and Help

Can I use low-fat cream cheese for these cookies?

It’s best to stick with full-fat cream cheese for this recipe. Low-fat cream cheese can alter the texture and flavor of the cookies, making them less rich and creamy.

What if I don’t have a cookie scoop?

No worries! You can use a regular tablespoon to scoop the dough. Just try to keep it as even as possible to ensure all your cookies bake at the same rate.

Can these cookies be frozen?

Absolutely! Once they’re completely cooled, you can freeze them on a baking sheet, then transfer them to a freezer-safe bag or container. They’ll last for up to a month.

The dough is really sticky, is that normal?

Yes, the dough for these cookies is quite sticky due to the cream cheese. Chilling it as directed helps make it easier to handle when scooping.

How do I know when the cookies are done baking?

The cookies are done when the edges are set but the centers are still slightly soft. They won’t brown much, so don’t wait for a golden color to tell if they’re ready.

Feel free to reach out if you have any more questions or need more tips in baking these cookies right!

Storing Leftovers

To store these cookies, place them in an airtight container. You can keep them at room temperature for up to 2 days if you prefer them softer and creamier. For a slightly firmer texture, store them in the refrigerator; they’ll last for about 1 week.

If you’d like to freeze the cookies, first make sure they are completely cool. Place them in a single layer on a baking sheet to freeze them individually. Once they’re frozen, transfer them to a freezer-safe bag or container. They’ll keep well for up to 1 month. When you’re ready to enjoy them, just let them thaw at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

We’ve covered everything you need to know to make these, from the essential tools and ingredients to tips for ensuring they turn out perfectly every time. Whether you’re looking to add a new recipe to your collection or just want something sweet and satisfying, these cookies are sure to please.

Close-up of a soft, broken cream cheese cookie showing its fluffy texture.
How to Make Super Soft + Delicious Cream Cheese Cookies

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