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.

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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!

 

 

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!

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Ingredients:

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)

Directions:

  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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968 comments on “Softbatch Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. These are amazing! I have now made these a second time. Can tell me what I need to do if I freeze the raw cookie dough? Do I bake frozen or does it need to thaw? I have never wanted token a cookie dough on hand but this is the best chocolate chop cookie. I have never had any luck baking them in the past and now I am hooked on this recipe. Thank you for sharing.

    Rating: 5
  2. Truly the BEST chocolate chip cookies ever !!! I am a believer in the cream cheese and corn starch!!

    Rating: 5
  3. Awesome cookies. I just used chocolate chips instead of chunks. They stay soft longer. The grandkids (and adults) love them.

    Rating: 5
  4. Hi Averie! How can I bake this recipe into a cookie cake – what adjustments would I have to make in how long to bake? Thank you!

    • I’ve only made the recipe as written, so I really can’t give advice if you were to make substitutions. If you Google Averie Cooks cookie pie, there are quite a few options that will pop up for recipes that were already designed in that manner.

  5. Hello! Question, is if okay if I make the cream cheese the same measurements as the butter? Because I like to bring the the taste of cream cheese

  6. Absolute best chocolate chip cookie recipe out there. I have tried many recipes and these far surpass others! Have been making them for at least 3 years now, probably longer.

    Rating: 5
  7. I love these cookies the only choc-chip cookie I make but I want to make them in ramakins indiviual ramakins do you think that will work. please let me know asap want to make soon Thank you so much

    Rating: 5
  8. Honestly, the BEST chocolate chip cookie I’ve ever eaten! So creamy and chewy! I used 2 cups of chocolate chips only, and it was still wonderful! This is my new choc chip cookie recipe! I can’t believe the difference the cream cheese makes. I wonder if I can add it to my other cookie recipes?

    Rating: 5
    • Thanks for the five star review and glad these are the best choc chip cookies you’ve ever eaten! Adding cream cheese to other cookie recipes could involve some trial and error as it will change the structure/texture/etc. of the dough.

  9. These cookies are amazing! I’ve made them twice now, and I didn’t notice until I mixed up the 2nd batch that I was making them wrong!! I’ve been using the whole 8 oz of cream cheese, instead of the 2 oz it calls for…but they’re unbelievably good!! I do have to bake them for a few minutes longer, but we love them! Especially sprinkled w/ sea salt as soon as they come out of the oven :)

    Rating: 5
  10. These cookies are incredible!I’ve made them several times and everyone loves them! I make a ton because on my block there are a lot of kids and they love them too! thank you for sharing this great recipe. 5 stars all the way oh and by the may my husband is in love with the chcolate version of these too lol

    Rating: 5
  11. The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever!!! Thanks for sharing this recipe! Amazing!!!

  12. Made these last Christmas and everyone loved them

    Rating: 5
  13. I’m no baker, but these cookies are fool proof. I even used half white whole wheat flour and they still came out soft in the center. I really appreciate that your directions are very specific (i.e., how many minutes to cream the butter and cream cheese with an electric hand mixer), because I really have no idea what I’m doing, and with the specific directions these cookies came out so awesome. Thank you so much!

    Rating: 5
  14. I absolutely love these! They have been a road trip favorite for holiday traveling & in between of course 😊! The only thing I’m wondering about is the color. The bottoms come out brown, but the tops are slightly less than golden brown (almost white). I even leave them in the oven longer. I’m not sure what I might be doing wrong? (I think I tried parchment paper once, and they came out a little better, but I can’t remember. Lol) Thanks again for an amazing recipe!

    Rating: 4
    • Dark on the bottom, too light on top, could mean that your oven rack is a bit too low. I would bake on one higher up level of oven rack and that may help quite a bit. Glad you love the cookies!

  15. I’ve been making this recipe since you first posted it and I remember there being a side note in the comments about how to keep the cookies fluffy… I feel like it was something about backing off the flour and maybe adding a little extra of something else. Can you remember?

    • I haven’t touched this recipe in years, it’s literally one of my top three most popular recipes of all times so I have never wanted to mess with it. In order to keep the cookies fluffy, hmmm I am not sure because I don’t remember anything like that. I’m sorry
      Nothing is coming to mind or ringing a bell with this recipe. You could possibly try adding 2 teaspoons of cornstarch, that might help you, not sure.

  16. This has become my go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe, and I always get compliments! If I’m in a rush and don’t have two hours for the dough to sit in the fridge, I’ve discovered sticking the dough in the freezer for about 20 min seems to work just as well.

    Rating: 5

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