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!
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.
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
- Vanilla extract
- All-purpose flour
- Instant vanilla pudding mix
- Baking soda
- White chocolate chips
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.
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.
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.
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.
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- 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
- 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
- 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.
- Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the white chocolate, and beat on low speed until just combined, about 30 seconds.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- *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.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 359Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 345mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 1gSugar: 36gProtein: 5g
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