Cream Cheese Meltaways

Cream Cheese Meltaways are soft butter cookies topped with cream cheese frosting. You only need a few minutes and a handful of ingredients to make these easy melt-in-your-mouth sugar cookies.

Frosted sugar cookies with cream cheese.

In case you haven’t noticed by now, I adore cookies with cream cheese.

Some of my favorite cookies have cream cheese baked right in to the dough – like these Cream Cheese Cookies. In today’s recipe the cream cheese is whipped into a fluffy icing and piped onto buttery cookies.

These Meltaway Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting are Day 11 of our 12 Days of Cookies

Be sure to check out all of the other days for more goodies!Day 1 -; Fluffernutter CookiesDay 2 -; Toffee Coconut Oatmeal BarsDay 3 -; Double Chocolate M&M Christmas CookiesDay 4 -; Lace CookiesDay 5 -; Whipped ShortbreadDay 6 -; Chocolate Spritz CookiesDay 7 -; 3 Ingredient Sugar Free PB CookiesDay 8 -; Wasabi Chocolate CrinklesDay 9 -; Christmas Sprinkle CookiesDay 10 – Stained Glass Cookies


Cream Cheese Meltaway Cookies.

Sugar cookies with cream cheese frosting are a new holiday favorite! Of course, you can totally make them any time of year. Just change up the colors or sprinkles to suit your fancy.

This Cream Cheese Meltaways recipe is amazingly easy. It’s perfect for both beginner bakers and seasoned cookie making veterans.

Ingredients for Cream Cheese Meltaways.

What do I need?

For the sugar cookie dough you will need:

buttercornstarchpowdered sugarall purpose flour

And you need these ingredients for the cream cheese frosting:

cream cheesepowdered sugarvanilla

I also like using sprinkles or a touch of food gel coloring to give the frosted cookies some festive flair.

Process for cookies with cream cheese.

Why cornstarch?

Cornstarch is the secret to making super soft cookies. For Cream Cheese Meltaways we use almost as much cornstarch as flour. Mixed with plenty of butter and fine powdered sugar, this dough bakes into the softest cookies you’ve ever tasted.

Cream cheese cookies with cornstarch really do melt in your mouth!

Sugar cookies ready for the oven.

Tips for Meltaway Cookies

Measure dough with a teaspoon. These cookies are best when made on the smaller side.Flatten slightly before baking. Dip the bottom of a glass in powdered sugar then lightly press each mound of cookie dough into a disk. Let cool completely. Give the cookies plenty of time to cool before adding the cream cheese frosting. Warm cookies will cause the frosting to run off.

Use a butter knife or rubber spatula to spread frosting over each cooled cookie. Then dress them up with sprinkles to your hearts content! For different colored frosting, add a drop or two of food coloring to the frosting before decorating.

Small sugar cookies frosted with a cream cheese icing.

How much food coloring?

A little goes a long way when it comes to food coloring. To control the shade of your frosting, place a couple of drops onto a paper plate. Dip a toothpick into the gel then swirl the gel through the cream cheese frosting.

Repeat until the frosting reaches your desired perfect color or shade.

Should you refrigerate cream cheese frosting?

Cookies frosted with a cream cheese icing should be stored in the refrigerator if not eaten within a few hours. Stored in the refrigerator, these cookies stay good for about one week.

Easy Cookie Recipes

The busy holiday season is prime time for quick and easy cookie recipes.

When you need a last minute homemade dessert for the office party, these 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies are a lifesaver. They’re flour-free and ready in 13 minutes!

For a treat that’s as colorful as it is easy, my Peppermint Blossom Cookies are a winner. Readers loved them so much I made a chocolate version too.

No oven? You don’t need one to make these popular No Bake Peanut Butter S”;Mores Cookies. I love the addition of soft marshmallows to a classic no bake cookie.

More Cookie Recipes

Cozy up this Christmas season with even more delicious cookies with these other easy recipes.

Lace CookiesChocolate M&M Christmas CookiesToffee Coconut Oatmeal BarsWhipped ShortbreadChocolate Spritz CookiesPeanut Butter Reindeer CookiesPeppermint Frosted Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookies with cream cheese frosting.

Everyone loves sugar cookies with cream cheese frosting! This Cream Cheese Meltaways recipe is one of the easiest and best tasting cream cheese cookie recipes for the holidays.

A big thanks to Nickie, one of my Facebook followers, for sharing this recipe with us. ❤

Cream Cheese Meltaway Cookies.


Cream Cheese Meltaways

Course Cookies, DessertCuisine AmericanKeyword cookies, Cream Cheese Cookies, Cream Cheese Meltaways, Easy Cookie Recipe

Prep Time 15 minutesCook Time 12 minutesTotal Time 27 minutes

Servings 88 cookies
Calories 40kcal
Author Lynne Feifer

Ingredients1 cup butter room temperature¾ cup cornstarch¾ cup powdered sugar1 cup all-purpose flourCream Cheese Frosting3 ounces cream cheese room temperature1 cup powdered sugar½ teaspoon pure vanilla extractfood coloring, and / or sprinkles if desired
InstructionsPreheat oven to 350°. Line two baking sheets with a pieces of parchment.In a mixing bowl, cream butter until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Mix in the cornstarch and sugar.Add flour and mix until well combined.Drop by small teaspoonfuls onto a prepared baking sheet. Using the bottom of a glass dipped in powdered sugar to prevent sticking, gently press down to flatten the dough.Bake for 10-12 minutes.Let sit for about a minute before transferring to wire rack to cool completely before frosting.Cream Cheese FrostingIn a medium mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth, add the powdered sugar and vanilla, and thoroughly combine. Add food coloring if desired.

NutritionServing: 1cookie | Calories: 40kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 22mg | Potassium: 4mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 77IU | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg

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