Frosted Cream Cheese Cutout Cookies

by Renee on February 6, 2014

Frosted Cream Cheese Cutout Cookies | Magnolia Days

What if Valentine’s Day had an official flag? I imagine it would be filled with heart shapes and colors of white, red, and pink. The shades of red would be mostly in the pure red area. Pink would span from a hint to a very deep hue. Picking which shade for cookies seems as if it would be easy. One small overage of food coloring gel and the next thing you know you have something much darker than expected. The plan was for a lighter shade. Instead my Frosted Cream Cheese Cutout Cookies came out what I will lovingly call Pepto-Bismol pink.

The color is quite pretty anyway. At least it is to me. I think the cookies stand out and grab your attention. Sprinkles help break up the color too. And those darn sprinkles have a life of their own. They bounce like crazy. They wound up all over my kitchen no matter how I tried to contain them while sprinkling.

Frosted Cream Cheese Cutout Cookies | Magnolia Days

How are the frosted cream cheese cookies? A few adjectives come to mind first: addictive, sweet, comforting, and did I mention addictive? The cookies are rich, buttery, and made with cream cheese. The frosting is a simple buttercream made with creamy European-style butter. Sprinkles add both a decorative touch and a bit of crunch.

Frosted Cream Cheese Cutout Cookies | Magnolia Days

Do you make special Valentine treats? If so, then a list of recipes would be handy, right? All you have to do is scroll down to find 14 delicious ones that are only a click away. You can also check out another one of my favorites: Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies.

Frosted Cream Cheese Cutout Cookies

4 hours

Makes 5 dozen cookies

Frosted Cream Cheese Cutout Cookies

    For the cookies:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • For the frosting:
  • 1/2 pound European-style unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 box (1 pound) powdered sugar, sifted
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons milk or half-and-half, plus more if needed
  • Food coloring gel (pink or desired color)
  • Sprinkles for decoration
For the cookies:

Beat butter, cream cheese, and sugar in the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with a flat beater until fluffy, about 3 minutes.

Add egg and vanilla and beat to combine.

Whisk together flour and baking powder, and salt.

Put mixer on low speed and add flour. Beat until just combined (do not over-mix).

Divide the dough in half and shape into disks. Wrap disks in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Sprinkle work surface lightly with flour.

Remove 1 wrapped pack of dough from refrigerator and let it soften slightly (about 10 minutes).

Sprinkle rolling pin with flour and roll out dough to 1/8-inch thick. Move the dough around frequently to make sure it is not sticking. Use shaped cookie cutters to cut cookies.

Place cookies at least 1-inch apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment or non-stick baking mat. Bake 7 to 9 minutes, until cookies are just beginning to turn light brown around the edges.

Cool cookies on baking sheet for 1 minute then transfer to a wire rack. Cool completely.

Repeat steps with remaining dough. You can gather up excess dough after cutting the cookies, shape into another disk, and roll out for more cookies. The texture may vary with re-rolled dough.

For the frosting:

Beat butter, salt, and vanilla in a large bowl using an electric mixer until creamy.

Add powdered sugar and 3 tablespoons milk. Beat until smooth, adding more milk as needed for spreading consistency.

Stir in food coloring gel, a small amount at a time, until it has reached desired color.

Spread frosting onto cookies. Top with sprinkles for decoration if desired.

Store cookies on a platter in the refrigerator. If you need to stack them in a container, place parchment between layers.

Notes

Amount of cookies vary depending on size and shape of cookies.

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Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Holiday Cookies and Candies recipe booklet published in 1986 (no longer in print).

Valentine’s Day is coming soon. I’ve teamed up with some wonderful blogger friends for another Holiday Food Party to share recipes you can make for that special someone in your life. It is a fantastic lineup of sweets and treats:

Valentine's Day Collage for Holiday Food Party

  1. Chocolate Covered Strawberry Hi Hat Cupcakes (Gluten Free) from Pineapple and Coconut
  2. Frosted Cream Cheese Cutout Cookies from Magnolia Days
  3. White Chocolate Mousse with Frangelico from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
  4. Chocolate Caramel Pretzel ‘n Chip Tart from Gotta Get Baked
  5. White Chocolate Cherry Brownies from The Messy Baker
  6. Chocolate Champagne Cupcakes from The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
  7. Sugar-Free Blueberry Yogurt Truffles from What Smells So Good?
  8. Strawberry Cheesecake Heart Pie from Hungry Couple
  9. Red Velvet Heart Sandwich Cookies from Jen’s Favorite Cookies
  10. Chocolate Cannoli Cones from Created By Diane
  11. Cherry Cheesecake Stuffed Cupcakes from Chocolate Moosey
  12. Nutella Brownie Cheesecake No-Churn Ice Cream from Cupcakes and Kale Chips
  13. Valentines Smores Hearts from Kelly Bakes
  14. Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies from Roxana’s Home Baking

Special thanks to Jen at Jen’s Favorite Cookies our host and the one who does so much to make these Holiday Food Parties happen.

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Liz February 6, 2014 at 7:31 am

Perfect Valentine’s Day treats. My family loves frosted cut out cookies…one of the rare foods they all adore!!!

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Renee February 19, 2014 at 11:31 am

Funny how a family can have such different tastes. Glad you found something they all enjoy.

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Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies February 6, 2014 at 7:59 am

If you ask me, cream cheese frosting is the only choice for sugar cookies! And, I kind of like the pepto-bismol pink, too. ;)

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Renee February 19, 2014 at 11:31 am

Well, cream cheese or buttercream frosting are my favorites.

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Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking February 6, 2014 at 10:15 am

I have made for the first time cream cheese cookies a while back and they are so much better than I imagined. Now I’m very tempted to try your cut-out cookies. They look so pretty and so festive.
Yes, Valentine’s day flag should definitely be 50 shades of pink and red
Pinned

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Renee February 19, 2014 at 11:30 am

Thanks Roxana. I’ve made both cutout and sliced cream cheese cookies. I really enjoy the flavor and texture of both. Thanks for pinning too.

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Kayle (The Cooking Actress) February 6, 2014 at 10:15 am

that would be the best flag everrr!!

I love pink and red and hearts and coooookies! YAY!

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Renee February 19, 2014 at 11:29 am

Yes! We need to find a crafty person to make one.

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Anita at Hungry Couple February 6, 2014 at 10:30 am

Love the idea, love the photos!!

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Renee February 19, 2014 at 11:29 am

Thanks! You know I always smile when I get such nice compliments on my photos.

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Jennie @themessybakerblog February 6, 2014 at 10:40 am

Renee, these are adorable! I love the frosting.

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Renee February 19, 2014 at 11:28 am

I love the frosting too. I could eat it by the spoonful.

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Shanna @ pineapple and coconut February 6, 2014 at 10:51 am

These are so cute!! My 3 year old is on my lap right now asking me to make these for her. My girls would love these!!

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Renee February 19, 2014 at 11:28 am

Thanks and I can see these being a big hit with girls, especially 3 year olds. It was my niece’s favorite color when she was that age.

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Alice // Hip Foodie Mom February 6, 2014 at 1:35 pm

Renee!!!
I LOVE these cookies. . . they are perfect for Valentine’s Day!!! I am going to try your recipe!! LOVE LOVE LOVE

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Renee February 19, 2014 at 11:27 am

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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Shannon R February 6, 2014 at 1:42 pm

So pretty! What a perfect colour pink frosting!

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Renee February 19, 2014 at 11:27 am

Thanks! I aimed for a bit softer pink but wound up being very pleased with how they turned out.

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Nancy @ gottagetbaked February 6, 2014 at 2:18 pm

*Excited squeal* I have a few bricks of cream cheese in my fridge so I’m totally going to make these beautiful cookies, Renee! Although mine won’t turn out nearly as lovely as yours. I love the XO and heart shapes and the frosting is dreamy. Don’t knock the colour – I love it! It really pops and grabs your attention. These are fabulous photos.

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Renee February 19, 2014 at 11:26 am

Funny because I don’t know what I would do without bricks of cream cheese in my fridge. I use it so often.

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Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips February 6, 2014 at 3:17 pm

I love the color. As the mom of boys, I love gazing longingly at girly things my boys will probably never enjoy. But while they may not like the color, The Bug would devour these!

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Renee February 19, 2014 at 11:25 am

Just use different cookie cutters and another color for the frosting. I’m sure you can make them something your boys would love.

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Sarah Reid, RHNC (@jo_jo_ba) February 6, 2014 at 7:39 pm

I love cream cheese cookies!

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Renee February 19, 2014 at 11:24 am

Me too!

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Dina February 6, 2014 at 8:23 pm

they are so pretty!

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Renee February 19, 2014 at 11:24 am

Thank you so much Dina

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Susan February 6, 2014 at 9:13 pm

If Valentine’s Day had a flag they would be your cookies Renee! I love them and I bet they are melt in your mouth tender good!

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Renee February 19, 2014 at 11:24 am

They do have a nice melt in your mouth quality. If you make them really thin then they have a bit of a crispiness to them.

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Carla February 6, 2014 at 9:41 pm

I can already imagine sinking my teeth into these cookies! The bright pink really draws you in.

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Renee February 19, 2014 at 11:23 am

The cookies look so good when they are spread out on a platter.

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Diane (createdbydiane) February 6, 2014 at 11:15 pm

I love, love, love pink cookies and OMG cream cheese….I think I’m in LOVE!

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Renee February 19, 2014 at 11:22 am

Yep, cream cheese gets me every time too.

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Kelly @ Kelly Bakes February 7, 2014 at 3:28 pm

You absolutely cannot ignore that shade of pink–and who would want to ignore cookies this adorable? So pretty! Love these X’s and O’s!

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Renee February 19, 2014 at 11:21 am

Thanks Kelly! And I love those X’s and O’s too.

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Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons February 10, 2014 at 10:45 am

These are so pretty and festive, Renee! Not like Pepto Bismal at all, really. My family has a sour cream cutout cookie recipe that we always use, but I’m intrigued by the cream cheese version, just because I love the flavor of cream cheese so much.

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Renee February 19, 2014 at 10:58 am

Thanks and now you have me wanting to investigate sour cream cutout cookies.

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