Softbatch Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’ve been wanting to bake cream cheese into cookies for ages.

I finally did. And I’m in love with the results.

Softbatch Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies - Move over butter, cream cheese makes these cookies thick and super soft!

In my cookbook, I have a recipe for Carrot Cake Cookies with cream cheese baked in, but I’ve never tried it with chocolate chip cookies or as a way to substitute for butter until now.

I adapted my favorite Chocolate Chip and Chunk Cookie recipe and replaced some of the butter with cream cheese and am in love with the results.

Softbatch Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies - Move over butter, cream cheese makes these cookies thick and super soft!

My favorite recipe calls for 3/4 cup of butter and for these cookies, I used a combination of 1/2 cup butter and 1/4 cup cream cheese.

You wouldn’t think that just a simple quarter-cup swap of butter for cream cheese would effect results that much, but it did.

Softbatch Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies - Move over butter, cream cheese makes these cookies thick and super soft!

They’re so soft, moist, and with a richness to the dough like no other cookies I’ve tried.

The dough seems more buttery, which is ironic since there’s actually less butter used, not more.

Softbatch Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies - Move over butter, cream cheese makes these cookies thick and super soft!

I can’t taste the cream cheese, but it adds depth, density, and richness that my regular chocolate chip cookies don’t have.

Don’t use light, fat-free, or a whipped cream cheese because your dough will become runny. I tried the recipe with some light cream cheese I had on hand, and the cookies baked thinner and spread.

Use cream cheese in a block or the spreadable kind. Smoosh it into a one-quarter cup measure and cream it with the butter and sugars.

Softbatch Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies - Move over butter, cream cheese makes these cookies thick and super soft!

Make sure to chill your dough for at least two hours before you bake to ensure your cookies bake thick and puffy. Warm, limp dough bakes into limpy and wimpy cookies. I want my cookies to be thick, with puffy centers that are overflowing with chocolate.

I used a combination of 2 1/4 cups of chocolate chips and chunks to ensure plenty of chocolate in every bite. And then some.

Softbatch Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies - Move over butter, cream cheese makes these cookies thick and super soft!

The cookies are super soft without being cakey, and remind me of Softbatch cookies. The edges are slightly chewy, and the thick interiors are soft, tender, and moist.

Cornstarch is my secret weapon for creating super soft cookies.

The reason pudding cookies turn out so soft is because ‘modified food starch’, or cornstarch, is one of the first ingredients in pudding mix. Same principle here, minus using actual pudding mix.

Softbatch Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies - Move over butter, cream cheese makes these cookies thick and super soft!

After trying these cookies and not being able to keep my hands off of them, it’s made me wonder what’ll happen if I replace some of the butter with cream cheese in some of my other favorite cookie recipes.

I’ll can’t wait to start taste-testing and make up for lost time.

Softbatch Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies - Move over butter, cream cheese makes these cookies thick and super soft!

Softbatch Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies - Move over butter, cream cheese makes these cookies thick and super soft!

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Softbatch Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

Replacing some of the butter from my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe with cream cheese created cookies that are soft, thick, moist, and tender. Although you can't taste the cream cheese, the cookies have a richness and depth of flavor like no other cookies I've tried. Plus there's an abundance of chocolate in every bite. The dough can be made in advance, refrigerated, and baked as desired, up to 5 days later. A great option to have for fresh, warm cookies without having to mix up dough. I highly recommend these cookies!

Yield: about 28 medium-small cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 3+ hours, for dough chilling


1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup cream cheese, softened (use cream cheese in a block or spreadable, don't use fat-free, light or whipped)
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt, optional and to taste
2 1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks (I used 1 cup chips and 1 1/4 cups chunks)


  1. To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter, cream cheese (measure it by smooshing it into a 1/4-cup measure), sugars, egg, vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed until well-creamed, light and fluffy, about 5 minutes (or use an electric hand mixer and beat for at least 7 minutes).
  2. Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, optional salt, and mix until just combined, about 1 minute.
  3. Add chocolate chips and chunks, and beat momentarily to incorporate, or fold in by hand.
  4. Using a medium 2-inch cookie scoop, form heaping mounds (I made 28). Place mounds on a large plate, flatten mounds slightly with your palm, cover with plasticwrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or up to 5 days, before baking. Do not bake with warm dough because cookies will spread and bake thinner and flatter.
  5. Preheat oven to 350F, line a baking sheet with a Silpat Non-Stick Baking Mat or spray with cooking spray and place mounds on baking sheet, spaced at least 2 inches apart (I bake 8 cookies per sheet). Bake for 8 to 9 minutes, or until edges have set and tops are just beginning to set, even if slightly undercooked, pale and glossy in the center. Do not bake longer than 10 minutes as cookies will firm up as they cool (The cookies shown in the photos were baked with dough that had been chilled overnight, allowed to come to room temp for 15 minutes, and were baked for 8 minutes, with trays rotated at the 4-minute mark. They have chewy edges with soft, pillowy centers). Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing and transferring to a rack to finish cooling.
  6. Cookies will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Alternatively, unbaked cookie dough can be stored airtight in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, so consider baking only as many cookies as desired and save the remaining dough to be baked in the future when desired.

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  1. i think I love you! Thank you for posting a cookie recipe with out pudding! I’m so going to make them. I just hope they come out as delisious as they sound!

    • I do have a lot of cookies with pudding, mostly circa 2012-13-ish (it was all the rage…haha!) but these don’t and I hope you love them as much as I do!

  2. You are killing me with these photos of luscious, super chocolatety sweetness when I’m hungry!!  I’m pulling out my ingredients right now to make these!  I gotta have some!!
    Thanks for posting!!

  3. wow they look amaaaaazing <3
    I have one question, what brand do you use for the choc chunks?
    Thanks for posting this recipe,

  4. can you freeze the unbaked dough? 

  5. Hi, I made these cookies a few days ago and these are honestly one of the BEST cookies my family and I have ever had! The little notes you wrote were very educational for me since this was my first time making any dessert from scratch. Very simple instructions, and what a wonderful turnout. The cookies are very filling too! I loved just how soft the cookies were. In the past, after the cookies were out of the oven and cooled they were already rock hard. But these stayed the exact same fluffy consistency the whole (2 days) they were available before eaten. My family and I aren’t real cream cheese fans, but I sometimes forgot that I put cream cheese in it, and I made them! Great recipe. I will definitely be coming back again and again to make these. Thanks!!

  6. Must thank you very much for this recipe! I made it for the first time for my family today and was almost speechless at how fantastic these cookies turned out! I live a Ketogenic lifestyle, but I made room for these little beauties! Again, many thanks! :)

  7. I can not wait to make these fabulous looking cookies! But, I have a question…. do you think it would be okay to double this recipe?

  8. These cookies had a great texture, but I personally felt that they lacked flavor depth. Perhaps salted butter would have been a better alternative. 

    • Thanks for trying the recipe and everyone’s preference for salt in desserts is different so if you think salted butter would suit you better next time, go with that.

  9. Hi, So I did try these cookies, but they came out rather odd when baking them. The batch came out completely, well, melted. I cooked the first batch ( I only had one pan to you ) with grease proof paper, 6 cookies on the sheet, well spread apart. I took them out of the oven, the cookies melted, stuck to the grease proof paper. It took a good while but I managed to scrape off the cookies. These cookies, even though completely melted, did taste very good.

    This might possibly be my fault, I did have to convert the Cups to Grams. So here is the recipe I followed by ( using this website, ) : 113 grams of butter, 57 grams of cream cheese, 55 grams of brown sugar, 50 grams of granulated sugar, 1 large egg, 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, 64 grams of flour ( 2 1/4 cups of flour ), 2 teaspoons of cornflour ( I’m in Ireland, and couldn’t find cornstarch, so I assumed cornflour worked the same way ? ), 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 100 grams of mini chocolate chips. I obviously know I didn’t add enough flour, but I think I need more accurate measurements. Thank you in advanced.

    • Cornflour and cornstarch are not the same thing, at all. You can google about the differences if you’re interesting in learning more.

      In terms of the conversions you used, because I have only made the recipe the exact way I posted it, I cannot say how accurate the recipe becomes when you convert it into grams from how I wrote it. Thanks for trying the cookies.

  10. Priyanka Dhabaria Reply

    Is there any substitute for eggs in this recipe ?

  11. what is special about your ratio of sugars. I know you make a smaller batch of the traditional recipe for cc cookies, but why more brown sugar?

    • After testing tons and tons of recipes and making thousands of cookies, there is no magic ‘one ratio’ across the board. The ratio of brown sugar to white in a molasses cookie will be different than in a choc chip cookie. In this recipe, as written, that’s how I like the sugar ratio.

  12. Hello! 

    Quick question. I made these cookies (which were loved by both my husband and I) and I rolled some of the dough into cookie-size balls and froze them for future use- now. :) 

    Do the temperature and cooking time need to be adjusted for frozen dough?


  13. Hello!

    I made these cookies today and they did not come out chewy or very soft.  They came out puffy (I did push them down), and kind of dry.  

    Any advice of what I could have done incorrectly?  I fail miserably at making chocolate chip cookies all the time… 


  14. My sister in-law made these cookies and they were amazing!! She sent me this recipe and I want to try make them myself but I have been unable to find cornstarch..could you recommend an alternative for this instead?

    • Cornstarch is an extremely common ingredient in almost any grocery store in America in the baking aisle. If you live overseas, it may be a little more tricky but double-check your grocery store. There really isn’t an alternative.

  15. Can these be made with m&m’s?

  16. I have a request. Can you format your recipes in such a way that when they print, it only prints on one page? I appreciate your initial descriptive paragraph but perhaps, that can be omitted when printing for general readability and also saving on ink. 

  17. have you tried freezing the uncooked dough longer than a few days? Curious if I can get away with making a lot of that though and storing it for a while. My husband love them with M&Ms thank you again!

    • I think about 5-6 days is the most I’d go in the fridge before transferring the unbaked dough to the freezer. Even if you do freeze the dough, it’s not a big deal at all to just bake them off, maybe add another 1-2 mins to baking time if they’re rock hard when you put them in the oven.

  18. These look delicious!  Can the dough be frozen after shaping them into mounds?  I was thinking of mixing up the dough, then freezing for later use.  Can’t wait to try them!

  19. These look yummy!  Can the dough be frozen once I’ve shaped it into mounds?  I’m thinking of making the dough ahead of time, then freezing for later use.  Can’t wait to try them!

  20. So sorry, I see my question has already been answered!  I missed it when I looked the 1st time.

  21. Just made these–and they were perfect! Looked just like the pictures, and tasted even better than I imagined. Thanks for sharing!

  22. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I followed your directions as written and the cookies turned out wonderfully. They are the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever made. My new go to recipe and just in time for the holidays.

  23. Hi Averie! I had to comment on your recipe!! These were the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever made! I usually put in the pudding mix to make the cookies softer, but they always would turn out crispy. I am not a fan of crispy crunchy cookies. So when I tried your recipe they were so soft and chewy! I couldn’t keep them on the plate my family loved them. Thank you for sharing! I am going to whip up a batch today! 

  24. I hate to admit it but I always use a store bought mix or ready made dough for cookies until now! I was nervous about how homemade cookies would turn out for me since I seem to always mess something up but these were absolutely amazing! No one believed they were from scratch. This will definitely be my go to recipe from now on!

  25. These cookies look absolutely amazing Averie! 
    I stumbled upon your blog through Pinterest and have fallen in love. I’ve signed up for your email subscription immediately and can’t wait to see the next recipe :)
    I like the idea of adding cream cheese to the recipe and will have to try it soon.
    I also have a food blog and cookies are one of my favourite things to bake.
    I hope we become better friends. 
    Payton x

  26. I made these cookies today and they turned out to be absolutely divine! Thank you so much for this recipe everyone should make these. They are truly wonderful.

  27. Loved the recipe! I tried it out and they were so good! I did leave them in for 20mins though. I may have done something differently, but they were not ready at 10 mins. I do live in a weird climate though. Still loved them sooooooo much!

    • Thanks for trying the recipe and I’m glad it came out great for you! All ovens, climates, ingredients, etc. vary so baking as long as necessary for your situation was perfect!

  28. I followed everything but my cookies came out melted :/

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