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Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies

This recipe comes to us from Land O’Lakes member-owner Sadie Frericks of Blue Diamond Dairy in Melrose, Minnesota. Sadie enjoys cooking and baking both for her immediate family (husband Glen and their three children) as well as her larger community. She especially loves when someone requests one of her recipes! To learn more about our farmer-owners, visit the “Our Farmers” page.

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2 cups Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

2 cups granulated sugar

2 large Land O Lakes® Eggs (yolks only)

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon raspberry or almond extract

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 1/2 cups (540 grams) all-purpose flour


2 cups (200 grams) powdered sugar

3 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Heavy Whipping Cream

1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons water  

1 tablespoon light corn syrup

1/4 teaspoon flavor extract (almond, raspberry, orange, vanilla, etc.)

Pinch salt

15 drops white food color, if desired

 *Use only 1 tablespoon water if using icing for outlining.

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Combine butter, cream cheese and granulated sugar in bowl; beat at medium speed until creamy. Beat in egg yolks, salt, raspberry extract and vanilla. Stir in flour until well blended. Divide dough into 3 disks; chill 4 hours.

  2. STEP 2

    Heat oven to 375°F.

  3. STEP 3

    Roll 1 piece dough to 1/8- to 1/4-inch thickness on well-floured surface. (Keep other pieces refrigerated.) Cut into shapes with cookie cutters. Place, 1 inch apart, onto ungreased cookie sheets. Leave cookies plain for frosting or sprinkle with colored sugar before baking, pressing sugar into dough with back of spatula.

  4. STEP 4

    Bake 7-10 minutes or until just beginning to lightly brown around edges. Cool completely before frosting.

  5. STEP 5

    Meanwhile, combine all icing ingredients in bowl; stir until blended. Transfer icing to squeeze bottle for filling (or piping bag for outlining). Frost or outline cooled cookies.

Tip #1

If you are icing all of the cookies, you may need to make two batches of the icingone for "flooding" (filling in) and one for outlining.

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