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cream cheese cookie icingCream Cheese Cookie Icing

There's nothing quite as sweet as a perfectly frosted sugar cookie.  Sugar cookies decorated beautifully with royal icing and so pretty you can barely manage to take a bite.  Eh. Totally overrated! I want to eat my sugar cookies and not feel guilty about ruining a work of art.  So I usually just slap on some frosting and call it good.

I'm a huge fan of cream cheese frosting.  The cream cheese adds just a little tart to emphasize the sweetness. The trick, in my opinion, is the almond extract.  That just kicks the frosting up a notch. I usually eat cream cheese frosting on carrot cake, but it goes great on these vanilla sugar cookies, too.

You can dye the frosting any color you like. These are pastel because it's spring. But just keep the frosting white and add sprinkles, too.

Cream Cheese Cookie Frosting


  • Red, yellow, and blue liquid food color
  • 3 oz cream cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 3 Tablespoons of salted butter (room temperature)
  • 1 Tablespoon of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of a lmond extract
  • 2 1/2 cups of confectioners sugar


  1. in a medium sized bowl, add cream cheese, butter, and almond extract. Mix with blender until combined well. With your handheld blender on low, slowly add in 1 cup of sugar. Add in milk, and continue to blend. Finish adding in the rest of the sugar.
  2. Once done, divide icing into 3 different bowls.
  3. To make the 3 different colors, add 3 drops of food coloring to each bowl accordingly. (1 bowl for red, 1 bowl for yellow, and 1 bowl for blue). Mix each bowl of colored icing until food color is mixed evenly throughout.
  4. If you want a lighter color, reduce the amount of food coloring by one drop. So, each bowl would get two drops of the coordinating food color.
  5. Once the cookies have completely cooled, you may add the icing and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 1772kcal Calories from fat 577
% Daily Value
Total Fat 64g 98%
Saturated Fat 39g 195%
Transfat 1g
Cholesterol 187mg 62%
Sodium 597mg 25%
Carbohydrate 304g 101%
Sugars 297g
Protein 6g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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