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 OTHER RECIPES

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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891 comments on “Softbatch Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. Hi there ! I am dying to try this cookie recipe! Would I be able to make these cookies ahead of time and freeze them ? I want to have them for Christmas and I’m trying to make my cookies so I’m not stressing out …. or would suggest I just make the dough and bake closer to Christmas

    • I recommend making the dough, freezing it after it’s been rolled into balls, and then baking the cookies off fresh when you’re ready to bake. I definitely prefer frozen dough to actually making the cookies and then freezing those because they never taste quite as good. But the dough…totally fine to freeze.

  2. I’m making these for my Dad for Christmas since he loves a soft chocolate-chip cookie. But I won’t tell him there’s cream cheese in it, hehe!! He’s very old-fashioned and has been eating the same things his whole life!

  3. These are really good, one question. I have anew stove, do you have a recommended cooking time for a convection oven ? Thank you.

  4. These are the best ever chocolate chip cookies! !
    Thank you for sharing this recipe.
    The only thing I changed , my oven time was 12 minutes. It’s a gas convection. Lois

  5. I made this recipe exactly as stated, but it just doesn’t seem right…the dough is very crumbly and not moist enough to stick together. I did refrigerate, but they still seem crumbly, first batch is baking now, but they don’t even look like cookies, just looks like piles of crumbs. Not sure what happened!

    • If the dough is that dry and crumbly based on what you wrote, I have a feeling you over-measured or used a bit too heavy of a hand when measuring your flour which is a common baking mistake. Thanks for trying the recipe.

  6. I’m make & freese in balls as you described. Should they be defrosted or baked frozen?

  7. Just made these and they are the BEST chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever made!! Thank you for posting this!

  8. why will light cream cheese not work?

  9. Softbatch Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Oh my word!!! Where have these been my whole life? I made them exactly as your recipe and they are perfect!

    People…. make them!! You won’t be sorry!

  10. These are by far, The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe I have ever tried. These are mouth watering and every time I eat one I just MMMMM…lol Thank you so much for the recipe. I will make these for all the special occasions.

  11. Hi. Any thoughts about this recipe in high altitude?? I usually have to add extra flour and 2 tsp of water, then decrease the amount of sugars for the Nestle Tollhouse recipe.

  12. Mine have a flour after taste! What did I do wrong?? They taste good besides that. They are nice and fluffy and look picture perfect but leave a dry taste in your mouth.

    • Not sure exactly why but if they taste too floury there is a chance you accidentally added a bit more flour than you thought you were adding is my guess. They’re one of the most popular cookies on my website and people love them – no one has ever mentioned a floury taste so not sure what you did.

      • Can I add more butter or sugar to the dough to even it out? I only baked a couple so far. How much would you recommended starting out with?

      • I would just start over, sorry to say. Baking is one of those things that you can’t go back and add sugar after the fact and expect the same results.

  13. My Fiance and I started a tradition last year of baking cookies and dropping them off to the police and fire station on Christmas Eve. We recently moved to Florida and I decided to try this recipe- it does not disappoint!! I can’t wait to make another batch and keep them all to myself! Happy holidays, and to anyone reading this- MAKE THESE COOKIES! :)

  14. I don’t know what I could have done, but they didn’t spread at all. They were still in a ball. I doubled the recipe, the only thing I can think I did wrong is maybe I didn’t add the right amount of butter..

    • Maybe you didn’t add enough butter or potentially added too much flour. Dough that’s overfloured doesn’t spread well and this is my guess in this case. In baking, use a light hand when measuring flour.

  15. I don’t have a 2 inch cookie scoop, so could you tell me how many ounces each cookie ball should be?

  16. This is the best cookie recipe ever!!! My daughter doesn’t like chocolate so I separated some of the dough before adding the chocolate chips and rolled those in cinnamon sugar. She said “Forget the cake, I want these for my birthday party!”

  17. What if I don’t have cream cheese but really want to make these?

  18. I made these today after looking for a good CC cookie recipe. Boy oh boy did they hit the spot! I love soft cookies and these were perfectly tender and chewy, melt in your mouth perfection! Definitely will make this recipe again and again! I love that it calls for only 1 egg and 1 stick of butter–not fussy and quick to whip up. These were just amazing!

  19. They center of the cookies would not cook. I probably baked two rounds. The first round I followed the directions perfectly . . Still uncooked center. The second I probably cooked 15 mins and still uncooked. Anyone else have this problem?

    • Not sure what to say as I’ve never had that problem with these cookies nor do I recall anyone else writing about it. If your dough balls are very domed and more like golf balls, flatten them to help alleviate the problem.

  20. Can you give me the brand name of the chocolate chunks that you used in the recipe?

  21. These look and sounds amazing! I want to make them now but I don’t have any cornstarch on hand! :( is it absolutely necessary or can I omit it here?

    Thanks!

  22. hello averie! I’m new to your site, and it’s beautiful. I tried this recipe, and I thouht it was great. however, i never seem to say this, but i think you had WAY too much chocolate ! I used 1 1/2 cups of chips and that was loaded but still ok.

  23. I made these and they’re wonderful! I’ve baked chocolate chip cookies for years, but these are by far the best. So chocolaty! Absolutely my new favorite. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  24. Hi Avery, Am a new addition to your website and quite anxious to try your CCCC Cookies. But what is the “shelf life?”
    They would be bagged and heat sealed, so would they still be “good” for up tp 5 – 6 days? Would appreciate
    very much your reply.

  25. I just made these. They are awesome! I had read through the comments before trying it and Katie’s comment about the dough being crumbly? While mixing mine it was staying crumbly and I was concerned but the longer I mixed it came together. I think it’s because the butter and cream cheese was still “cold” and not softened enough. Vickie W’s comment about the uncooked center? Mine looked a tad under-done as well but tasted fine. I cooked the first pan for 10 minutes, the second for 12 and the last for 14. My cookies didn’t spread… at all! But I’m blaming that on the choco-chips! I have never found a recipe that had too many chips in it but this one… wow! Next batch I’ll cut the chips down , let the butter/cream cheese come to room temp and see if that helps. Love this recipe and it’s definitely in my “keeper” file!

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