Softbatch Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies — These soft batch cookies are made with a combination of butter and cream cheese, which makes them extra rich and delicious! I like to make mine using a combination of chocolate chips and chunks, and you can even use M&M’s in these! 

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

The Best 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.

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 Cookies recipe and replaced some of the butter with cream cheese and am in love with the results.

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

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. 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.

The cookies are super soft without being cakey, and remind me of soft batch 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.

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 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!

What’s in This Homemade Cookie Recipe?

For these addicting cream cheese chocolate chip cookies, you’ll need just a handful of pantry staples:

  • Unsalted butter
  • Cream cheese
  • Light brown sugar
  • Granulated sugar
  • Egg 
  • Vanilla extract
  • All-purpose flour
  • Cornstarch 
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips 

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

How to Make Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

To make these soft batch cookies, you’ll first need to cream together the cream cheese, butter, sugars, and vanilla extract. Whip the mixture on medium-high speed until it’s light and fluffy. Don’t just mix it all together, it must be light and fluffy before moving onto the next step! 

Add in the dry ingredients and scrape down the sides of the bowl to make sure everything gets incorporated. Scoop the cookie dough into large balls and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before baking. 

Bake the cookies for no more than 10 minutes, then let cool for 5 minutes on the baking tray before transferring to a wire rack. DO NOT overbake the cookies! They’ll continue cooking on the inside as they come to room temperature, and you definitely don’t want them to become too firm. Remember: you’re making soft batch cookies here! 

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

Can I Use a Cornstarch Substitute? 

Honestly, I’m not sure if a cornstarch substitute would work in this recipe. To make these cream cheese chocolate chip cookies soft batch-style, the cornstarch is needed. Technically, you can omit the cornstarch, but your cookies won’t turn out as soft.

Can I Chill the Dough and Then Roll it Into Balls? 

I wouldn’t recommend it. The dough firms up a lot in the fridge and becomes crumbly, which makes it tough to roll after being chilled. You really need to form the cookie dough balls and then chill them for best results. 

Can I Freeze Cookie Dough?

Yes, this cookie dough freezes incredibly well. Just roll the dough into balls as if you were going to bake them, but store them in the freezer instead. You don’t have to thaw the dough before baking it, just bake it straight from frozen (note that you may need to bake these cream cheese cookies 1 to 2 minutes longer if baking from frozen). 

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

Tips for Making Soft Batch Cookies

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.

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 2-inch cookie scoop to make my cookies because I like them really big. If you don’t have a cookie scoop, use a large spoon and your hands. Just try to make your cookies all the same size so they bake evenly! 

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

More Cream Cheese Cookies:

  • Softbatch Glazed Lemon Cream Cheese Cookies — These super soft, very lemony cookies are topped with a lemon glaze that adds to the pucker-up power. Cream cheese keeps the cookies soft, moist, tender, and makes them taste more buttery.
  • Cream Cheese Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cookies — Cream cheese keeps them super soft! Say hello to your new fave chocolate cookie!!
  • White Chocolate Cream Cheese Cookies —  Move over butter, cream cheese makes these cookies thick and super soft!
  • Classic Cream Cheese Cookies — If you like tangy cream cheese frosting and soft buttery cookies, you’re going to be in heaven. The cream cheese stays slightly soft, gooey, and tastes much more like cream cheese frosting than it does like cheesecake.
  • Cream Cheese Black and White Cookies — These cookies combine two favorites in one. Soft, moist, buttery, creamy Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies are paired with fudgy, intensely chocolaty, and not overly sweet Dark Chocolate Dark Brown Sugar Cookies.
Softbatch Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

Softbatch Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

These soft batch cookies are made with a combination of butter and cream cheese, which makes them extra rich and delicious!
Yield: 28 cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 18 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 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 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**

Instructions

  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. 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.

Notes

*Use cream cheese in a block or spreadable, don’t use fat-free, light or whipped.

**I used 1 cup chips and 1 1/4 cups chunks.

***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.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

28

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 170 Total Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 17mg Sodium: 77mg Carbohydrates: 24g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 14g Protein: 2g

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1,018 comments on “Softbatch Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. Averie, I am a big fan of yours and I made this recipe. I liked that you could make these, freeze & bake later. They were excellent and chewy. I made two batches and packaged them up with some jelly beans and bow for Easter take-home treats. My family loved them. Recently, I made a recipe for almond shortbread where they substituted cornstarch for some of the flour and the result was great so I was comfortable using it in this recipe.The cream cheese really made the difference. They baked in 8 -9 minutes and were perfect. Making them this weekend for a group of friends.

    Rating: 5
  2. Very delicious, excellent texture. 5 stars!

    Rating: 5
  3. Has anyone tried this recipe with almond flour? I am diabetic and was curious if anyone has tried the almond flour and used sugar substitutes?

  4. I made this today I used white chocolate chips baked them as pan cookies. Baked them 14 minutes.

  5. How would you adapt the recipe to make them bars?

  6. Can you use coconut flour?

  7. HiMade these soft batch chocolate chip cookies and everyone at home loved them. They turned out so good. I just wanted to ask if there is anything that I can substitute the egg with, and still ger the same soft and chewiness in the cookies. few family members are allergic to eggs. Please help me.

    Rating: 5
  8. THE best chocolate chip cookies ever. I will never make another recipe again

  9. Made the chocolate chip cookies they came out good and tastes really good too. Will make again. Have you tried making banana chocolate chip cookies ? Those are good too would like to find a receipt for them.

  10. After freezing, how long (if at all) do I let them defrost before baking? Thanks

    Rating: 5
  11. I made these as directed and they were delicious. I wanted to make a cookie cake. Will this recipe work or do I have to make modifications? If I could use this recipe what size pan do you suggest?

    Rating: 5
  12. Such a great recipe that can be kept in refrigerator for up to 5 days! Loved that part! Who doesn’t live fresh cookies??

    Rating: 5
  13. Do I have to form the cookies into polices or can I just refrigerate the dough and then form the cookies?

  14. I have been searching for the perfect soft chocolate chip cookie recipe for the longest time. These really hit the target. They come out so fluffy, tender, soft and deliciously chocolatey. Definately my new favorite and now the only chocolate chip recipe i will use!

    Rating: 4
  15. I just made these and even though I added salt to taste, the cookies ended up tasting very bland. The only thing I did differently was use 1 cup of BITTERSWEET chunks + semisweet chips.. I followed everything else to a T. Hubby agreed and said something was missing – said it tasted bland. Any idea what I could do differently next time?

    • I have no idea why they tasted bland to you…this is my most popular cookie recipe and I have never heard that from anyone and I get hundreds of comments a year about these cookies being delicious. Maybe add more salt? Maybe just use semi-sweet chips or chunks. Not sure. Thanks for trying the recipe.

    • I use salted butter – that may help…

  16. I love these cookies and have made them several times. I tried them with white chocolate and cranberries and those were excellent too. Anyway, so that I never go without them, I would love to have some in the freezer. My question is, do I freeze the dough (in cookie form) or bake the cookies and then freeze?Thanks for your help!

    Rating: 5
  17. I’ve tried loads of chocolate chip cookie recipes and they never come out as good as these ones do.I only used 1 cup of the chocolate chips and next time I’ll cut down to 3/4cup. I also had to leave them in the oven for 12 minutes. – perfect cookies that are soft on the inside.

    Rating: 5
  18. Best soft cookie recipe. I love how they taste and they came out beautiful. My husband loved them a lot.

    Rating: 5
  19. Just made them today and they were awesome! Thanks for the recipe!

    Rating: 5
  20. Nice recipe! : ) I just try them and the flavor is just excellent but where I live is 7,000 ft altitud and they turn out no that thick. How can I change the baking soda to turn that thick? Thank you

    Rating: 5
  21. I made the cookie dough last night and kept it in the fridge and took it out when I got home from work to soften a bit. Suddenly I realized I forgot to add the cornstarch into the ingredients last night. I’m hoping they still bake up the same. I sure hope so because they look so yummy! We shall find out!🤷🤷🤷

  22. hi! thank you for sharing your delicious cookie recipe!!its one of the best that i’ve tasted ;)would like to ask though, what kind of oven do you use? mine is an electrical oven; i baked mine for 13minutes at 180degrees celcius. it tasted great fresh out of oven. pale but soft and kind of just melts in my mouth!!but on the next day its became moist. i kept in an airtight container. was wondering if i should bake it longer:/i stay in a tropical country.

    Rating: 5
  23. Can you use more than 1/4 cup of cream cheese?

  24. I did not expect these cookies to taste so good. I kinda expected them to taste like every other cookie recipe out there, but I will never make cookies any other way again. They are the best cookies I’ve ever tasted!

  25. The best cookies ever! Long story short, these are literally the cookies that stole my fiancé’s heart 3-1/2 years ago. Now his whole family loves them and requests them at every gathering. We’d love to incorporate this meaningful cookie into our wedding and give them as favors! However, the thought of baking 26 dozen right before the wedding sounds insane, so I’m wondering how long I can freeze the dough and maybe get a head start on that part?!

    Rating: 5
    • Thanks for the 5 star review and glad these are such a favorite for you two that you’d like to include them in your wedding celebration!

      I have frozen cookie dough for 6 months and have no problem with it personally. However since you’re serving these to wedding guests, I think 3-4 months is probably a bit better. I cannot even imagine making 26 dozen of these…my hat is off to you. Please let me know how things go and congrats on your upcoming wedding!!

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