Soft Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting 

I’m super picky when it comes to sugar cookies. My conditions are – No chill time, No rolling out, they Must be soft & chewy, And obviously ….covered in frosting. 

Little Lydia modeling for me

This recipe checks off everything on my list. I love that the preparation is simple, nothing complicated, which is typical with most sugar cookie recipes. Wrap these up in little boxes to give out to friends, or make a whole batch for someone you care about 💕. 

Here’s My Notes:

1)I like to add flavoring to my sugar cookies, like almond extract or lemon extract. Lemon zest is preferred, but I didn’t have any fresh lemons on hand. If you do use lemon zest….about 1 teaspoon would be perfect.

2)I baked the cookies for 12 minutes. I slightly under bake them to be soft. 

3)I use a 1.5 Tablespoons cookie scoop. I only place 6 on a cookie sheet, they do spread.

Soft Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting 

Yields: 2 dozen cookies 



2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 

1 teaspoon baking soda 

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Pinch of salt 

1 cups butter, softened 

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 egg

2 teaspoons vanilla 

1/2 teaspoon lemon extract or 1 teaspoon lemon zest

Cream Cheese Frosting:

1 (8oz.) package cream cheese, softened 

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened 

2 cups powdered sugar, sifted

1/2 teaspoon vanilla 

Pink icing coloring 

Cute sprinkles


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats. 

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the softened butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes on medium speed. Beat in egg and vanilla. Add in dry ingredients by the 1/2 cup, beat well after each addition. Once all the dry ingredients are mixed, add lemon extract or zest. 

Using a cookie scoop, place 6 scoops of cookie dough on each lined cookie sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool for about 5 minutes on cookie sheet before removing to a wire cooling rack. Cool completely.

Using either a stand or hand mixer, cream together the softened cream cheese and butter. Add in powdered sugar and beat until creamy and smooth. Mix in vanilla and icing coloring. 


Frost cooled cookies generously with cream cheese frosting, and then add sprinkles. 

Enjoy ! 💘

Cookie recipe was adapted from HERE.

🍪 Check out my other cookie recipes :

Thin & Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies

My favorite: Melt-In-Your-Mouth Brownie Cookies {Homemade Version}



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