Soft and Chewy White Chocolate Cream Cheese Cookies

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Cream Cheese White Chocolate Chip Cookies — These soft and chewy white chocolate chip cookies use two special ingredients to achieve their pillowy texture: instant pudding mix and cream cheese!

stack of three Cream Cheese White Chocolate Chip Cookies

White Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

When the weather gets warmer, I seem to crave white chocolate. I’ll never say no to regular chocolate chip cookies but white chocolate has been calling my name lately.

The cookies are extremely soft, moist, and creamy. To create them I combined two favorite recipes, Softbatch Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies and The Best Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies. Both are reader and personal favorites.

Some of the butter is replaced with cream cheese and the white chocolate chip cookies have unparalleled richness. Interestingly, the cream cheese intensifies the buttery flavor so the cookies taste extra buttery, with a mild cheesecake flavor, and zero cakiness.

One of the secrets to these white chocolate cookies is pudding mix, and my favorite cookies all contain pudding mix because of the wonderful Softbatch-style results achieved. I found myself going back for nibble after nibble. Good thing the recipe only makes 11 cookies.

I had no willpower against the creamy, melty, sweet white chocolate and soft, buttery, rich dough.

Cream Cheese White Chocolate Chip Cookies on white surface

What’s in White Chocolate Chip Cookies? 

To make these white chocolate chip cookies, you’ll need: 

  • Unsalted butter
  • Cream cheese
  • Granulated sugar
  • Light brown sugar
  • Egg
  • Vanilla extract
  • All-purpose flour
  • Instant vanilla pudding mix
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • White chocolate chips

stack of Cream Cheese White Chocolate Chip Cookies

How to Make White Chocolate Chip Cookies

To make these white chocolate chip cream cheese cookies, cream together the butter, sugars, cream cheese, egg, and vanilla until smooth. Add in the dry ingredients and mix until just combined, then fold in the white chocolate chips. 

Scoop the dough into balls. I like to move a few of the white chocolate chips to the top of each cookie to make them a little prettier. 

Chill the rolled cookie dough for at least 3 hours, then bake until the edges have set and the tops have just set (the tops should still be a little glossy in the center). Let the white chocolate chip cookies cool for 10 minutes before eating them. 

three Cream Cheese White Chocolate Chip Cookies stacked atop each other

What Can I Substitute for the Pudding Mix? 

There’s no true substitute for it. 2 teaspoons of cornstarch will likely work, but I haven’t tested it.

Do I Need to Make the Pudding Before Adding it to the Dough? 

No, you add the pudding mix as a dry ingredient. You should NOT add any liquid to the pudding mix before mixing it into the cookie dough. 

Soft and Chewy White Chocolate Cream Cheese Cookies - Move over butter, cream cheese makes these cookies thick and super soft!

Can I Add Other Mix-Ins to These Cookies? 

Yes, as long as you stick to dry mix-ins, like chopped nuts or dried fruit. 

Cream Cheese White Chocolate Chip Cookies — These soft and chewy white chocolate chip cookies use two special ingredients to achieve their pillowy texture: instant pudding mix and cream cheese!

Tips for Making White Chocolate Chip Cookies

You must use old-fashioned brick-style cream cheese. Cream cheese in a tub or that’s ‘spreadable’ isn’t thick enough, has too much water content, and the cookies will spread. You can use lite, but not fat-free because some fat is necessary to properly bind the ingredients.

The cookies are sweet, rich, decadent, dense, and wonderfully thick. For cookies this thick, you must plan ahead and chill the dough. Soft, warm dough straight from the mixing bowl that contains softened butter and softened cream cheese will never bake up into thick, puffy cookies.

If you use a cookie scoop and bake on a Silpat, even better. All these little cookie baking tricks do add up to help you achieve bakery-style cookies at home.

Cream Cheese White Chocolate Chip Cookies — These soft and chewy white chocolate chip cookies use two special ingredients to achieve their pillowy texture: instant pudding mix and cream cheese!

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Yield: 13 cookies

Soft and Chewy Cream Cheese White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Soft and Chewy Cream Cheese White Chocolate Chip Cookies

These soft and chewy white chocolate chip cookies use two special ingredients to achieve their pillowy texture: instant pudding mix and cream cheese!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Chill Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 21 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 ounces (about 1/4 cup) cream cheese, softened*
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • one 3.5-ounce packet instant vanilla or cheesecake-flavored pudding mix
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch salt, optional and to taste
  • 10 ounces white chocolate chips

Instructions

    1. To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or large mixing bowl and electric mixer) combine the butter, cream cheese, sugars, egg, vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed until creamed and well combined, about 4 minutes
    2. Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the flour, dry pudding mix, baking soda, optional salt, and beat on low speed until just combined, about 1 minute.
    3. Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the white chocolate, and beat on low speed until just combined, about 30 seconds.
    4. Using a large cookie scoop, 1/4-cup measure, or your hands, form approximately 13 to 14 equal-sized mounds of dough, roll into balls, and flatten slightly. Tip – Strategically place a few white chocolate chips right on top of each mound of dough by taking chips from the underside and adding them on top.
    5. Place mounds on a large plate or tray, cover with plasticwrap, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, up to 5 days. Do not bake with unchilled dough because cookies will bake thinner, flatter, and be more prone to spreading.
    6. Preheat oven to 350F, line a baking sheet with a Silpat or spray with cooking spray. Place dough mounds on baking sheet, spaced at least 2 inches apart (I bake 8 cookies per sheet) and bake for about 11 minutes, or until edges have set and tops are just set, even if slightly undercooked, pale, and glossy in the center; don’t overbake. Cookies firm up as they cool.
    7. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for about 10 minutes before serving. I let them cool on the baking sheet and don’t use a rack.

Notes

  • *Use cream cheese in a block, lite is okay; don’t use fat-free, ‘spreadable’, or cream cheese in a tub.
  • Cookies will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 6 months.
  • Alternatively, unbaked cookie dough can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 4 months, so consider baking only as many cookies as desired and save the remaining dough to be baked in the future when desired.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

13

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 359Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 345mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 1gSugar: 36gProtein: 5g

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  1. i love this recipe, it comes out amazing in regards to taste. i just have a question about the white chocolates that get put on top as you mentioned as a pro tip. i put extras on top before i put them in thd fridge for three hours. when i put them in the stove it all comes out warm & tasty but the chocolate chips become browned.  do you have any advice in to fix this? i place the tray in the middle of the oven. 

    1. White chocolate is definitely prone to scorching in the oven, there is just no way around it. To avoid it you could possibly just quickly push on some choc chips immediately after the cookies come out of the oven. However, you need to work fast before the cookies cool.

  2. i really goofed making the white chocolate chip cookies I didn’t refrigerate the dough at all, and they still came out greatWould for sure make again

    Rating: 5
  3. These were incredible! I made them for Thanksgiving and my family could not stop raving about them. I let the dough chill for 4 days in the fridge and they were superb! Can’t wait to make them again!

    Rating: 5
  4. Gorgeous cookies 🤩 I tried out the chocolate chip ones and they were to die for I’m sure these would be just as great.. can’t wait to try this out.. in case I’m unable to find the instant mix planning on trying with 2 tsp cornstarch and I also will have to add in 1/4 cup flour as well is it?

    Rating: 5
    1. Pudding mix is incredibly common if you live in the US. You won’t have any trouble. I would not add extra flour. I think it could make the dough too stiff but use your best judgment when you’re mixing it up. Glad you loved the chocolate chip version!

  5. Perfect. I’m making a roundup of white chocolate recipes (love the stuff) and this is going to be one of the links for sure! 

  6. These are insane!! So, so, so delicious. I can ALWAYS count on your blog for amazing cookies- I have not tried one that was not a huge hit with my boyfriend and friends. Thanks for all of the wonderful recipes :)

    1. Thanks for trying the recipe and I’m glad it came out great for you! Glad my recipes have been winners for you!

    1. The recipe calls for both and you must use both in order for it to turn out like the cookies shown.

  7. These have become my family’s favorite cookie! Thank you so much for the amazing recipe! I was wondering if you think these would work well with lemon extract and zest to  make a “White Chocolate Cream Cheese Lemon” cookie? 

    1. Averie…I was trying to reply to your comment. I hope you see this. :) Thank you for replying so quickly. So….my son wanted the white chocolate cream cheese cookies, and I wanted to try your lemon ones. We compromised. I made the white chocolate ones with lemon extract instead of vanilla and a bit of lemon zest, and topped them with your lemon glaze. They were fabulous!! I can’t wait to try your lemon ones. Thanks for the link! Your recipes are the best! :) :)

      1. So glad the compromise turned out to be a big success and both you and your son were happy! Love hearing stories like this!

  8. Hi! I can’t wait to make these!  I’d like to double the recipe, and I have one box of vanilla pudding and one box of cheesecake flavor. Do you think it’d be okay to use one of each? Thanks!

  9. Hi! We don’t have pudding mix here in our country but we do have the vanilla pudding itself. Could I substitute that?  If yes how much do I put in? 

    1. You can’t substitute already-made pudding for the dry pudding mix, unfortunately. You could try replacing it with about 1/3 cup extra flour, although I haven’t personally tried it and can’t say for sure how the results will be. Won’t have the same texture or exact taste, but could be a possibility…

  10. Averie!
    I’ve been a long time fan of your recipes and finally got around to making these cookies that I’ve been eyeing for quite some time! I thought they would be a challenge due to not having the exact ingredients here in Germany, and although they didn’t turn out as perfect as yours they were still beyond delicious, and will be made again in the Mann Household! Thanks for sharing this recipe with all of us. 

    P.S. I blogged about when I made these here in Germany, for my readers abroad, and gave them a link back to your original recipe! Maybe you’ll hear from them as well!

    1. Thanks for trying the recipe and I’m glad it came out well for you even though you don’t have the exact ingredients in Germany that I have. So glad you’ll make them again!

  11. Hello! This is a incredible recipe and I can’t wait to try.  But here in Brazil we use other measures, could you tell me how many spoons of pudding mix are ? I researched in the convertor and says 100 grams , but I think this is too much. So is better I ask . Thank you and sorry about my bad english :)

    1. You want to use 3.5 ounces converted to grams. Pudding mix is pretty lightweight and about the same density as granulated (white) sugar is so how many grams of sugar is 3.5 ounces of sugar, that’s the measurement I’d use. There are online conversion tools to help.

  12. Love these! Made them a few days ago and was worried if they would turn out as puffy and chewy as the ones above but they did!
    I’ll definitely be making these again!

  13. Hi Averie! 
    These cookies look delicious and I can’t wait to bake them for my boyfriend on our anniversary next week since it has two of the things he loves must: white chocolate and cream cheese.  I know you insist on using brick-style cream cheese but where I live it’s really hard (impossible) to find it. Is there anyway I could change the recipe to use spreadable cream cheese and avoid cookies from spreading?
    Have a nive weekend!
    IB

    1. Try with spreadable but just make sure it’s not reduced fat or lite in any way. If the dough seems at all thin, add a touch more flour. And bake with really cold, well-chilled dough and I think you may be okay. Let me know how it goes! And happy anniversary!

  14. I just made the Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip cookies and just realized that I forgot the 1/4 cup granulated sugar. Panicking that they will not come out okay. They were great the last two times that I made them.

    I also made the White chocolate ones but could not find cheesecake so I made it with Coconut Cream pudding. Anxious to see how they come out!

    1. In this recipe, because there’s other sugar and white choc chips, I think you will be fine. If they for some reason aren’t sweet enough, you could always dust them with powdered sugar after you bake them.

  15. Hello Avery, If I couldn´t get the instant puddin, what else could I substitute it with?   These cookies read delicious!!!!!!

    1. 2 teaspoons of cornstarch could work. I recommend the pudding mix though if it’s possible for you to get it!

  16. Hi, I have yet to try my hand at baking these and my have I been craving these so badly. I even have the stuff for it waiting for its time to shine. Heh.
    I have a question about this recipe though. Would it affect the baking time or anything if I were to try and add something else to the mix? Like say maybe some pieces of macadamia?

    1. As long as it’s a dry ingredient so to speak, like chopped nuts or even dried fruit, I don’t think that will change baking time. Enjoy!

  17. Hi Averie, I was wondering if it would make a difference taste-wise if I made these 2-3 days in advance, sort of like how your molasses bars get much better after waiting for a couple of days.

    1. With cookies, I think they are best the day of and then the next day because I think cookies age differently than bars in terms of getting drier, faster. Molasses is one of those flavors that DOES get better over time, yes. With these there’s no real flavor like that used that will enhance as time passes so I think days 1-2 are the peak.

  18. I have made these cookies three times over the last two (or so) months and they are my new favorite cookies EVER. They absolutely top the list, #1, no cookies are better than these! I’m not sure if it’s the white chocolate or the slight cheesecake flavor or the combination of both, but I’m so in love with them, it’s ridiculous. I’ve been meaning to tackle your best snickerdoodles recipe next, but I keep coming back to these. Cannot resist!

    1. You’re the second person in the last day who’s said these are your absolute favorite cookies EVER. That is so awesome you love them so much – and yes, the white chocolate with the slight cheesecake flavor – so good! If you end up cheating on these to try the Best Snickerdoodles, let me know what you think of those!

  19. These are seriously the best (and easiest) cookies I’ve ever made!! I made them a bit smaller (about twenty cookies), and they were gone in two days. I can’t believe how soft and chewy they were!! I used chocolate chips filled with caramel sauce.

    Seriously, thank you. You’ve made my holiday gift giving (cookie samplers) so much easier!

    1. Wow, that is amazing praise that these are the BEST and THE EASIEST cookies you’ve ever made…wow, thank you so much for saying that!! I am so happy you’re happy and that this will make your holidays easier! The chocolate chips filled with caramel sauce sound amazing and I don’t know why I’ve never noticed those! Must keep an eye out now!

    1. I have heard mixed reviews about using SF pudding because of texture issues so I have never tried it personally so cannot speak to results. I always use regular because it’s guaranteed to work.

    1. Either one, depends on my mood. Cheesecake flavor is harder for me to come across so I end up using vanilla more frequently.

  20. I think you should also index these under “breakfast” recipes to eliminate all guilt I have for the 2 of these delightfully perfect luscious cookies I may or may not have eaten before my eggs and toast. Just consider it :D

  21. Bought the stuff to make these but now I want to double the recipe and I only have one box of pudding. Think it will still work? Or have any ideas of something else to add? My son is asleep so I can’t run to the store

  22. Oh, yum yum . I’ve been wanting to make these since you posted them, and I had an excuse today (you know, other than, “dang, I could use a baked good) – my hubby wants to thank a coworker who was super awesome yesterday, and what better way than with homemade cookies? I made them with semisweet chocolate chips (I’m not a fan of white chocolate, and who says you can’t substitute), and they’re YUMMY. I’m going to take some to the neighbor’s, and send some with the hubby to work tomorrow. Otherwise they might all end up in me. :-) Another win for Averie!

    1. Thanks for trying these and glad you loved them! And I know what you mean about wanting to/needing to donate stuff :) You have lucky friends & neighbors!

      1. Ok, I think these are officially my FAVORITE chocolate chip cookie. I just made a huge batch with a mixture of semi sweet and milk chocolate chips, and they.are.FANTASTIC. Everybody who tries them loves them. The dough freezes well. They’re fun to make (because creaming cream cheese is fun to watch).

        I mean, I love peanut butter to death. Especially PB and chocolate.

        But sometimes you need a good *basic* chocolate chip cookie recipe. And this is IT.

        Thank you for what you do. Your work is appreciated!

      2. Thanks for the glowing compliment and for saying what I do is appreciated! Wow, I totally needed to hear that today :) Thank you!! I am so glad you love these and that everyone else who’s tried them loves them and that you have a new FAVORITE choc chip cookie! That’s awesome :)

  23. Your cookies always look gorgeous and perfect and make me want to grab one right from the screen. I love how soft and thick these look and with the white chocolate chips? Like I said, just perfect :) Pinning :)

  24. You seriously do no wrong when it comes to desserts, you were made for this career! I made these last night using milk chocolate chips because that’s what I had on hand, and they came fabulous! Soft, big, and not at all cakey…great cookie recipe! They were amazing right out of the oven, and remained just as soft and delicious the next morning (I may have had two for breakfast, shhh!)

    1. Glad you tried these and loved them! I get impatient making more cookie dough balls plus I love big cookies :) but yes, make them smaller if you’d like and thanks for the compliments :)

    2. Sorry I just replied to the person above you regarding the size! Ignore that part and glad the milk chocolate chips did the trick for you! Cookies for breakfast, not a bad thing :)

  25. I was a bit skeptical to use cream cheese in cookies, but OMG these turned out so good! They were perfect! I think next time I will make them smaller though, so I can share with more people! Thanks for a great recipe!

    1. Glad you tried these and loved them! I get impatient making more cookie dough balls plus I love big cookies :) but yes, make them smaller if you’d like and glad you’re over the skepticism :)

  26. This is my absolute dream cookie. Don’t tell anyone that I like white chocolate over regular, ok? And tangy cream cheese?!! Ok, fine. I’m making these stat. Pinned!

    1. Thanks for pinning and I know, what is it about admitting to liking white chocolate being some sort of ‘shameful secret’ – you’d think it was based on the reactions of some people..haha!

  27. I need to get on this whole cream cheese cookies things STAT! The way you describe them has me drooling ;)

  28. I think you have reinvented the soft cookie phenom with the addition of cream cheese! You seriously got it all in this recipe – cream cheese, pudding mix, and brown sugar. And the white chocolate chips are icing on the cake! I feel you, somehow hotter weather makes dark chocolate feel so heavy … and white chocolate feel lighter (how does that work … ;)

    1. I never thought of it, but you’re right, they sort of do hit on all the buzz-worthy things right now, brown sugar, cream cheese, pudding mix. The dough was super good, I will tell you that :)