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cream cheese cookies with powdered sugar dusting on parchment paper

Cream Cheese Cookies

  • Author: Melissa Riker
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 30 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: American


Cream Cheese Cookies are a soft, chewy treat that are absolutely addicting! They are easy to make and after refrigerating the dough, they bake up in just ten minutes!


Units Scale
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1.5 cups + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • powdered sugar


  1. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and cornstarch. Stir and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl or stand mixer (affiliate link), cream together cream cheese and butter until blended.
  3. Add sugar and mix until light and fluffy.
  4. Add egg and vanilla and mix until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  5. Add dry mix to the wet while mixing on low until just combined. Do not overmix.
  6. Cover the dough and chill at least one hour.
  7. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  8. Coat hands in powdered sugar and roll the dough into 1-2 inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.
  9. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until just set and edges begin to darken.
  10. Dust with powdered sugar before serving if desired.


  • Use room temperature cream cheese and butter so they blend together well.
  • Measure flour properly: stir the flour with a spoon to loosen it, use a separate scoop to pour it into your measuring cup, and then use a knife to level it off.
  • Don't skip refrigerating the dough, it is very sticky and this step is necessary.
  • Coat hands with a bit of powdered sugar when rolling the dough into balls to prevent sticking. Do the same when flattening the dough as well.
  • Bake until edges just start to darken, then remove from the oven. This time may vary by oven and elevation so watch them closely for best results!

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