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Soft Cut-out Sugar Cookies With Cream Cheese Frosting

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    For the Sugar Cookies:

    • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
    • 3 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt

    For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

    • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
    • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
    • 4 cups powdered sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


    Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line baking sheets with parchment paper.

    In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.

    Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract and almond extract if using.

    In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

    Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined. Be careful not to overmix.

    Divide the dough into two equal portions, form each into a disc, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until firm.

    On a lightly floured surface, roll out the chilled dough to about 1/4 inch thickness. Use cookie cutters to cut out desired shapes and place them on the prepared baking sheets.

    Bake in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes or until the edges are just beginning to turn golden. Be cautious not to overbake to keep the cookies soft.

    Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

    For the cream cheese frosting, beat together the softened cream cheese and butter until smooth and creamy. Gradually add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract, continuing to beat until well combined.

    Once the cookies are completely cooled, spread or pipe the cream cheese frosting over each cookie.

    Allow the frosting to set before storing the cookies in an airtight container.

    Enjoy your delicious Soft Cut-out Sugar Cookies With Cream Cheese Frosting! These cookies are perfect for holidays, special occasions, or any time you crave a sweet and soft treat.

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