a vintage pink glass plate with a pile of cookies on top of it that are rolled in sprinkles

Classic Cream Cheese Cookies

  • Author: Julianne Dell
  • Prep Time: 90 minutes
  • Cook Time: 13 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 43 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cookies


These Classic Cream Cheese Cookies are soft & buttery, a little bit dense but just melts away in your mouth with each bite. Top these cream cheese cookies with a buttery pecan or roll them in some festive sprinkles for a holiday treat. These easy Christmas Cookies are perfect for cookie exchanges and gift bags! 


  • 1 cup (226g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup (190g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) pure vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ cups (350g) all-purpose flour
  • 24 Pecans or sprinkles for garnish


  1. Combine the butter and cream cheese and beat until well combined. Then add the sugar and beat on medium speed until well creamed together and fluffy.
  2. Add the egg yolk and vanilla extract. Mix until it’s well combined.
  3. Slowly add the flour and beat on medium low speed until well combined and dough forms.
  4. Chill for at least 1 hour. Preheat the oven to 350° Shape the dough into 1 inch balls and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Press a pecan into the top of each one or roll each ball in nonpareil sprinkles.
  5. Bake at 350°F for 12-15 minutes. Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Information:
1 Cookie
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American