Cream Cheese Cookies with Patriotic Sprinkles

Cream Cheese Cookies with Patriotic Sprinkles

Easy Cream Cheese Cookies are light, tender, and delicious. With only a handful of ingredients, you can also easily adapt these cookies to fit any number of holidays!

Patriotic Cream Cheese Cookies -

These are tender cookies are just the thing to end a meal, or to snack on when you get a craving for a little something sweet.

Cream cheese cookies are also super simple to make so even the most novice of bakers will be successful with baking up a batch of these delicious cookies.

This recipe post was last updated in July of 2020. The original post was from May of 2014.

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions and complete ingredient measurements for making Cream Cheese Cookies with patriotic sprinkles is available near the end of this post. OR click on the “Jump to recipe” text (found below) to be taken directly to the recipe.

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The ingredient list:

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  • softened butter (I always use salted, but unsalted will work)
  • cream cheese
  • granulated sugar
  • lemon juice
  • all-purpose flour
  • salt
  • pure vanilla extract
  • Graham cracker crumbs
  • Sprinkles (your choice of color)

Kitchen tools and equipment needed:

Why this recipe works:

Light and tender, these Cream Cheese Cookies have a lovely cream cheese taste along with the mild tang which compliments the richness of the cheese and butter ever so nicely.

As soon as you take these out of the oven your family will be waiting to gobble them up, so be prepared to slap some hands away if you’re saving them for a special occasion.

Closeup photo of a plate of cream cheese cookies with red, white, and blue sprinkles with green grass in the background.

Presto Chango:

Another thing I love about this cookie (besides the taste) is that you can change up the color of the sprinkles to fit the occasion.

Orange and black for Halloween. Red and green for Christmas. Multicolor for Easter.

So fun, so easy, so yummy!

A vertical closeup of a two tiered cookie plate filled with cream cheese cookies with red, white, and blue sprinkles.

Can this cookie dough be frozen?


Make it and wrap it tightly into a log with plastic.

You’re now ready to keep it in the freezer for up to 4 months.

Can these cookies be frozen after baking?

I’d be surprised if you had any cookies left after everyone smells these cookies baking to freeze, but if you do, store them well in an air-tight freezer container for up to 4 months.

The easy instructions:

  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter, cream cheese, lemon juice, vanilla, and granulated sugar.
  • Slowly incorporate the flour, salt, and sprinkles of your choice.
  • Form the dough into two logs (approximately 2″ in circumference), and roll the logs in the graham cracker crumbs.
  • Wrap the logs in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
  • When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350-degrees.
  • Unwrap the logs and slice into ½” slices.
  • Place the slices on parchment-lined baking sheets and bake for 12-15 minutes, rotating the sheet halfway through the baking process.
  • Cool completely.
A tiered plate filled with cream cheese cookies with patriotic sprinkles.

Additional cream cheese desserts:

Your family and friends will drop their jaws to the floor when you bring this Lemon Drop Cheesecake to the table! 

Lemon Cheesecake with Lemon Curd Topping and Daisy's

What makes these Cream Cheese Cookies doubly delicious is the creamy cheesecake dollop on top! When you can’t decide between cookies or cheesecake, this is the treat for you!

Cream Cheese Cookies with Creamy Cheesecake Filling on a wooden platter.

  • Cream Cheese Cookies with Patriotic Sprinkles (pictured below) THIS IS THE PLACE
A closeup vertical image of a bunch of cream cheese cookies with red, white, and blue sprinkles on a two tiered cookie plate.

Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s easy cream cheese dessert recipe.

5 from 4 votes
Patriotic Cream Cheese Cookies -
Cream Cheese Cookies with Patriotic Sprinkles
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
16 mins
chill time
30 mins
Total Time
26 mins

Cream Cheese Cookies are light, tender and delicious. With only a handful of ingredients, you can adapt these cookies to fit any number of holidays!

Course: Dessert, Dessert – Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cream cheese cookies, cream cheese cookies with patriotic sprinkles
Servings: 30 cookies
Calories: 133 kcal
  • sticks butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup sprinkles, your choice of colors
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  1. In a large bowl with a hand mixer or the bowl of a stand mixer, blend the butter, cream cheese, sugar, lemon juice, flour, salt, and vanilla to form a stiff dough.
  2. Add the sprinkles and blend until well distributed throughout the dough.
  3. Add the graham cracker crumbs into an oblong, shallow dish.
  4. Form the dough into two long logs approximately 2″ in circumference.

  5. Roll each log into the graham cracker crumbs to coat and wrap each log with plastic wrap.
  6. Place the logs into the freezer for at least 30 minutes.

  7. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350-degrees.

  8. Unwrap the logs and slice into 1/4″ slices.
  9. Place the slices onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
  10. Bake in a preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, rotating halfway through the baking process.
  11. Cool completely and serve.
Recipe Notes

The dough can be made in advance and kept well wrapped in the freezer for 2 months before slicing and baking.

Tools and equipment;

large bowl, hand mixer or stand mixer, plastic wrap, shallow dish or plate, measuring cups, measuring spoons, baking sheets, parchment paper (optional), serrated knife for slicing cookies.

Nutrition Facts
Cream Cheese Cookies with Patriotic Sprinkles
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 133 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 17mg6%
Sodium 93mg4%
Potassium 22mg1%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 205IU4%
Vitamin C 0.4mg0%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed this easy recipe for cream cheese cookies as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you!

A closeup vertical photo of a bunch of red white and blue cream cheese cookies on a tiered cookie platter.

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  1. Aw Renee you always have such fun loving posts. Great round-up. Love the patriotic cookies. My son would have loved having you as his mom while growing up. 🙂

  2. A delicious and pretty cookie, great for many occasions. And a lovely round-up as well!

  3. So pretty! Perfect for any time of year 🙂

  4. Cookies make everything better.

  5. Oh these are too fun! I just bought patriotic sprinkles too!

  6. These are so cute and festive!!

  7. How fun are the red, white, and blue sprinkles in these cookies? Keeping a roll of slice & bake cookies in the 'fridge at all times is just good policy.

  8. These cookies look great! I'm sure they'll be a hit at every party – so cute! Thanks for sharing the recipe!!

  9. These cookies look awesome! Perfect for July 4th!

  10. These look so festive and I love that they have cream cheese in them!!

  11. Oh! How fun! This is perfect for a dessert table!

  12. Nellie Tracy

    5 stars
    These Patriotic Cream Cheese cookies are adorable and so festive! My kids are going to love them!

  13. Kasey Schwartz

    5 stars
    Oooooo! Cream Cheese Cookies with sprinkles?! YES!! I’m all over this recipe!!

  14. 5 stars
    These cookies are so fun to make with the kids! Perfect for the upcoming holiday too!

  15. 5 stars
    We are making these for the fourth, but of course had to test them out before! They are delicious, thanks for the great treat 🙂

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