Frosted Cream Cheese Cookies

These frosted cream cheese cookies are a homemade twist on the classic frosted lofthouse cookies! They’re easy to make and even more delicious!

Move over sugar cookies, because our Frosted Cream Cheese Cookies are here to steal the show!

If you’re a fan of those heavenly Soft Frosted Lofthouse Cookies, you know the ones adorned with vibrant frosting and charming sprinkles, then you’re in for a treat with our cream cheese cookies. They share the same irresistible softness that will make you melt with each bite.

Imagine sinking your teeth into a delectable pillow-like treat. Each chew is a heavenly experience, as the cream cheese dissolves in your mouth, leaving a magical sensation behind. It’s pure edible delight!

Why You’ll Love Frosted Cream Cheese Cookies

  • A pillowy-soft cookies
  • Kid-approved
  • Easily customizable

Great to have on hand for the kids, Frosted Cream Cheese Cookies have a long counter-life and can be extended by placing them in the refrigerator.

And if you’re wondering what gives Frosted Cream Cheese Cookies their pillow-soft texture, you can thank the baking soda, powdered sugar and cream cheese.

How do I make a soft Lofthouse style cookie?

There are a few tricks to creating the uniquely soft texture of these cream cheese cookies. First, baking soda is used to give the cookies a light and fluffy texture. This creates small air pockets in the dough as it bakes, resulting in a soft and pillowy texture. Furthermore, the use of powdered sugar in the dough also plays a role in the texture of these cookies. Powdered sugar has a finer texture compared to granulated sugar, and it helps contribute to the soft and delicate crumb of the cookies.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How should I store the cookies? Cookies may be stored in an airtight container or baggie in the fridge for up to 1 week.
  • Can I make the dough in advance? This cookie dough can be made ahead of time and frozen. When you are ready to bake it, simply take it out of the freezer and let it set at room temperature for 30 minutes before shaping and baking.
  • What is the texture of these cookies? Soft, delightfully tangy, cakey cream cheese cookies are baked to a melt in your mouth perfection. They are frosted with a thick cream cheese frosting and sprinkled with crunchy sprinkles for an added festive flair.

Tips for the Best Cream Cheese Cookies

  • Allowing butter to get to room temperature makes it softer and calls for a smoother blending process.
  • Slowly incorporate the 2 cups of powdered sugar instead of dumping it in all at once.
  • You can freeze the cookie dough to prepare later, which can be helpful for the holidays!
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Frosted Cream Cheese Cookies


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These frosted cream cheese cookies are a homemade twist on the classic frosted lofthouse cookies! They’re easy to make and even more delicious!


Ingredients

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For the Cookies

  • 16 oz cream cheese
  • 1 ½ cup butter (room temperature)
  • 2 c + 2 tbs powdered sugar
  • 2 ⅓ cup flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp butter extract

Frosting

  • 16 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp salt
  • sprinkles
 
 

Instructions

For the Cookies

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, add the cream cheese and butter.
  2. Beat together on high speed for 1 minute to ensure the mixture is smooth and creamy.
  3. Add in the powdered sugar and beat together for 20 seconds on low speed to allow the powdered sugar to become incorporated.
  4. Increase the mixer speed to high and continue beating for 30 seconds.
  5. Add in the flour, baking soda and salt and beat together to incorporate.
  6. Next, add in the vanilla and stir until combined. Mix butter extract into one portion of dough.
  7. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it into the fridge to chill for at least 1 hour.
  8. Once chilled, remove from the fridge, preheat the oven to 350 F.
  9. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spoon the dough out in 1 Tbs portions.
  10. Roll the dough into balls. Place the balls onto the baking sheet leaving at least 4” of space between them. Slightly flatten the balls.
  11. Place the cookie sheet into the oven to bake for 18-20 minutes or until slightly browned around the edges. The cookies will be soft at this point.
  12. Once baked, remove from the oven and place onto a cooling rack to cool completely.

For the Frosting

  1. Add all of the ingredients to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.
  2. Beat together on low speed for 20 minutes to allow the powdered sugar to become incorporated.
  3. Increase the mixer speed to high and beat together for 1-2 minutes or until smooth and creamy.
  4. Use the back of a spoon to spread frosting onto the top of each cookie. Sprinkle with red and white sprinkles if you so desire.
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Chill Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

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