Top sugar cookies with this creamy, rich, and flavorful cream cheese frosting for cookies! It’s easy to make with basic ingredients (without milk!) and can be used to frost just about any sugar cookie recipe. Add it to thick, fluffy no roll sugar cookies or just as an easy spreadable icing on top of cut out sugar cookies.
Up until a few years ago, I wasn’t a big fan of frosting on cookies. It wasn’t until I moved to Salt Lake and found the best little cookie shop named Ruby Snap that I fell in love with thick, soft cookies topped with frosting.
They have a cookie called the Mia, which is essentially a thick fluffy sugar cookie topped with a thick layer of the creamiest, most delicious beet frosting (I was skeptical of the beet at first, but it’s magical).
Ever since then, I’ve made it my mission to replicate the cookie and although I haven’t tackled a beet frosting, this cream cheese frosting paired with my no roll sugar cookies is the closest thing I have gotten to those prized little cookies.
What You Need to Make Cream Cheese Frosting for Cookies
- Powdered Sugar
- Cream Cheese
- Almond Extract
- Perfectly paired with: No Roll Sugar Cookies
How to Make Cream Cheese Frosting for Cookies
Step 1: Using a mixer, beat the butter and cream cheese on medium speed until light and creamy.
Step 2: Keeping the mixer on medium speed, slowly add in the vanilla extract, almond extract, and powdered sugar. Once all the powdered sugar disappears, turn the mixer on high speed and beat for 2 minutes until light and fluffy. (Yes, this is a frosting without milk!)
Step 3: To color the icing, I recommend squeezing a dot of food coloring on a paper plate, dipping the tip of a toothpick through it, then swiping it through the frosting. This will allow you to control the amount of color you add.
Tip: For this light pink shade, I just did one swipe of red food coloring.
Step 4: Use an offset spatula or butter knife to spread frosting onto cooled cookies. If not enjoying immediately, store cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator (they need to be refrigerated since the frosting contains cream cheese).
Cream Cheese Frosting for Cookies
Top sugar cookies with this creamy, rich, and flavorful cream cheese frosting! It’s easy to make with basic ingredients and can be used to frost just about any sugar cookie recipe. Add it to thick, fluffy no roll sugar cookies or just as an easy spreadable icing on top of cut out sugar cookies.
- ½ cup unsalted butter (softened)
- 4 ounces cream cheese (softened)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon almond extract
- 1 ¼ cups powdered sugar
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In a large bowl, beat the butter and cream cheese on medium speed using a hand or stand mixer (with paddle attachment) for 2-3 minutes (until light and creamy).
Keeping the mixer on medium speed, slowly add in vanilla extract, almond extract and powdered sugar. Once incorporated, turn mixer to high speed and beat for 2 minutes until light and fluffy.
Spread or pipe frosting on cooled cookies and top with sprinkles!
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Frequently Asked Questions
Will this cream cheese icing harden?
The frosting will develop a slight crust if left sitting out (or when refrigerated), but it won’t completely harden. Which means you shouldn’t stack them when they’re at room temperature. For my tips of perfect stacking, see my guide on how to freeze sugar cookies.
Can I freeze cream cheese icing?
Yes, you can freeze the cream cheese in a plastic bag for up to 1 month. When you’re ready to use it, thaw in the refrigerator until soft. You may need to stir it before using, as the oils may separate during the thawing process.
To freeze frosted cookies, first place the cookies on a baking tray in the freezer until the frosting hardens. Next, place the cookies in an airtight container, placing a piece of parchment paper in between each layer. To thaw, remove the cookies from the layered container, place cookies on a baking tray inside the refrigerator. For my tips of perfect stacking, see my guide on how to freeze sugar cookies.
What cookies can I pair with this cream cheese frosting?
My favorite recipes to pair with this cream cheese frosting are my Cut Out Sugar Cookies or No Roll Sugar Cookies.
Kim Goodwin says
Loved the icing!! Very pretty. I did add a little more powdered sugar, but that is just my preference. Love a good cream cheese icing! Glad I found your recipe!!
I’m glad you found my recipe too, Kim! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, I really appreciate it!
Great fluffy frosting. I really love the light cream cheese and almond flavor.
I am so glad that you enjoyed this frosting Laura – thank you for taking the time to leave a review!
Easy to make and really tasty. Was a great addition to the cookies and will use this recipe again
So glad that you enjoyed this recipe Nancy, thank you for taking the time to leave a review, I appreciate it!
VAL POPE says
MY KIDS AND GRANKIDS LOVE THIS FROSTING
That makes me so happy to hear Val!
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, I appreciate it!
Thanks Steph, happy that you thought so!
Suzanne Kolko says
Thank you for this wonderful recipe
It’s always a favorite !
Thank you Suzanne! So glad that you enjoyed the frosting!
Great frosting not just for cookies. Using this one for my mini cheese cakes this Christmas
Great frosting..very soft and easy to decorate with..kids love it
Absolutely the best!
Very dry cookies. I guess I will have to frost them. I just put sprinkles on them
Let me know if this frosting helped your dry cookies – that’s no fun when a recipe turns out like that!