Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

These sugar cookies with cream cheese frosting are so soft! They are the perfect cookie for Valentine’s Day. This is our favorite recipe for cut out sugar cookies. You can make these sugar cookies with cream cheese frosting for any holiday!

Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

This weekend Julia and I did some Valentine’s Day baking! We stayed in our pj’s, listened to the rain falling outside, and laughed together in the kitchen. My little baker was a great help in cutting out these heart-shaped cookies, frosting them, and sprinkling them with cute and colorful heart sprinkles. Me?  I soaked up every minute of our kitchen time together.

I gave Julia her own sheet of cookies to frost and sprinkle, and I especially loved how she divvied up the rest of the cookies between the two of us: “Next I’ll do that pan, Mom, and you can do that one. Then we can share that last one.” My little sweetheart is always thinking ahead and planning (just like her mother).

Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

I almost didn’t share these cookies here because I myself am a little overwhelmed with all of the Valentine’s Day treats popping up around the blog world right now, and I know the last thing you probably need is another pink and red treat to look at. But… I decided to go ahead anyways because I wanted to write about the fun together time that Julia and I had making these.

Ok, friends. About these cookies. These are the most amazing melt-in-your-mouth delicious sugar cookies you will ever eat. I think it’s the confectioners’ sugar in the recipe that gives the cookies their light, melt-in-your-mouth (I know, I couldn’t help saying it again because it’s so true) texture. And the cream cheese frosting is the perfect complement: light, and not overly sweet.

If you’re like me and taste is your first priority when it comes to sugar cookies, then you will love these. They have the BEST flavor of any sugar cookies I’ve tried. And they are so pretty with frosting and sprinkles!

If you are looking for a sugar cookie recipe that will yield perfect-looking cookies that never spread, then you might be disappointed by these. They do spread a little during baking, but this is minimized by some pre-bake chill time in the fridge.

These cookies are soft and light. If I was making cookies for a class of preschoolers, I might choose a different recipe since these cookies are pretty delicate.

Tips for making these sugar cookies with cream cheese frosting:

  • A rolling pin with removable measurement rings makes it easy to roll dough to a uniform thickness.
  • Before you bake the cookies, chill the cut out cookies on a cookie sheet for 15-30 minutes. This helps to minimize spreading.
  • Be careful to not over-bake these cookies. The bottoms should be barely golden when they are done. They take about 7 minutes to bake, less if you cut your cookies small.
  • Make sure that your cream cheese is well softened (room temperature is best) before making the frosting.
  • I like to store these cookies in the refrigerator (because of the cream cheese in the frosting). I let them come to room temperature before serving.

Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope in the coming week you can spend some time with those you love most.

Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

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