Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

Our month of chocolate desserts wouldn’t be complete without (you guessed it) chocolate chip cookies. So today, we’re featuring a jazzed up recipe with cream cheese for an extra soft cookie. Who could resist a warm plate of these on a frosty afternoon? Liren of Kitchen Confidante shows us how to make them…

Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies
By Liren Baker of Kitchen Confidante

I’m convinced that you can never have enough chocolate chip cookie recipes in your repertoire, and if you’re looking for one that is incredibly tender, I know you’ll turn to this recipe over and over again, just as I have. A blend of cream cheese, butter and one more special ingredient makes for a simple dough and perfect cookies. One tip: you’ll want to make a double batch and keep the cookie dough in the freezer so you can have your cookie fix whenever your heart desires!

Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe: Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies
Serves 2 dozen

You’ll need:

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened at room temperature
1/2 cup (4 oz) cream cheese, softened at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cup and 1/3 cup all purpose flour
2 tbsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 1/2 cups (12 oz) semisweet chocolate chips

In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and cream cheese on high speed until thoroughly mixed, about 2 minutes. Mix in the granulated and brown sugars until fully incorporated. Beat in the egg and vanilla and mix thoroughly again.

In a separate bowl, whisk or sift together the flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. Slowly add this to the mixer and beat until just incorporated. Do not over stir. Fold or stir in the chocolate chips.

Cover the mixing bowl with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour (or overnight).

Preheat the oven to 350F and place the racks in the center of the oven. Prepare your baking pans with parchment paper.

Take a medium ice cream scoop (equivalent to about 2 tablespoons) to scoop out the dough and roll into a ball. Place the cookie dough 2-3 inches apart, about 8 per cookie sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes, rotating the trays halfway through to insure even baking.

When the cookies are golden brown on top and a nice amber color on the bottom, remove the tray from the oven and allow the cookies to settle on their trays for a few minutes; they will be very soft initially. Gently transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

Thank you so much, Liren!

P.S. More recipes, including the best chocolate chip cookies you’ll ever have and delicious mascarpone cheesecake.

(Recipe and photos by Liren Baker. Thanks to Stella Blackmon for helping with this series.)

  1. Amy says...

    I used this recipe to make one enormous birthday cookie for my husband. He said it was the best cookie ever! We both kept having ‘just one more slice’ every time we walked past the kitchen and the whole thing disappeared. Thanks so much for the recipe Liren!

  2. Hillary says...

    insure vs. ensure

    Also, yum! (No need to publish this one).

  3. best article and recipe… this site very useful and thank for sharing…

  4. Isabelle says...

    Simply delicious!!!!

  5. Aga says...

    These look delish! Does anyone know what I could replace the cornstarch with?

  6. Meghann says...

    Finally made these on the weekend, and am impressed with both their texture and taste. They stay very soft, and there is no greasiness to them – unlike many other chocolate chip cookie recipes I’ve made. Any cream cheese taste is very subtle.

    • Meghann, your comment means so much – I’m glad the cookies lived up to your expectations!

  7. Chelsea T says...

    Just made these and they are delicious. Thank you for the wonderful recipe :)

  8. Linds says...

    Made a batch last night for a work Christmas part and they are incredible! Thanks for sharing :)

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Yay, so great to hear, Linds!

  9. yummy!

  10. Megan S says...

    I just made these and they rocked my world! The best soft chocolate chip cookies (or chocolate chip cookies in general) I have ever made, I think! I have about a half a bowl of batter left, and I am already looking forward to popping some more in the oven in the nights to come ;) Thank you Jo + team for this recipe!

  11. Rachel says...

    Has anyone made a giant cookie, as in the size of a pizza or cookie sheet? For Christmas, my daughter has only asked for 2 things: magical powers and a giant chocolate chip cookie. Since I can only grant her one of these requests I thought I’d make it a good one! Any suggestions?

  12. I once made my own cream cheese (I know, I know, I know…still get teased about it) and this would be a great idea for the leftovers, should I choose to make it again sometime. Yum!

    • Brianna says...

      That. Is. Ambitious. How’d it taste?

  13. Oh my goodness. At my favorite coffee shop, they have the most delicious chocolate chip cookies. Finally I broke down and asked them what the deal is and they told me… cream cheese.
    Happy to finally have a recipe. :D

  14. yael steren says...

    Can you taste the cream cheese in them? I know I’m probably in the minority here but I’m not a huge fan for example of cream cheese frosting, etc. Thanks for your help in advance! xx yael

    • Hi Yael,

      You’ll be happy to know that the cream cheese flavor is not at all discernible – it just adds to the wonderful texture!

      Hope you get to try it,
      Liren @ Kitchen Confidante

    • Brianna says...

      Can I substitute something for the corn starch? I’d love to pull the dough for these together tomorrow after work so I can bake them over the weekend and I desperately do not want to go to the store. What say you, Liren?

  15. These look incredible! I will definitely be making them with my little daughters this holiday season!

  16. Brianna says...

    This recipe will be perfect for the cream cheese that will be lingering in the fridge once the bagels are gone tomorrow.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      such a good point! we always have a crusty, half eaten container in the back of the fridge :)

  17. A perfect winter cookie!

  18. These sound so good! I’ll have to try them! I do have to say tho, The NY Times ‘Best Choc Chip cookie you’ll ever have’ recipe you have linked from a previous post, is hands down our favorite. Everytime I make them, people demand the recipe because they are just so good. Only cook for 12 mins tho so they don’t get too crunchy!

  19. Hattie says...

    Those look so yummy! I thought I’d found the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe, but this one has me rethinking that!

  20. K says...

    Those look amazing! Also, can I ask for some input? I’m in charge of making a sweet Christmas morning breakfast. We usually have cinnamon rolls, but everyone wants something different this year and I’m stumped! Any ideas?!

    • Hattie says...

      If it’s for a crowd – anything you can make in 13x9s. Bread pudding with vanilla cream sauce, baked oatmeal with fresh chopped cranberries, baked french toast, cheesy egg and sausage casserole…etc.. :)

    • Sarah says...

      Hi, this is my favorite thing to make for breakfast for my family on Christmas morning….texas french toast bake. You can make it the night before so all you have to do is pop it in the oven. Everyone always loves it!

    • Meg says...


    • K says...

      These are all perfect! I love CoJ! Thanks everyone!

    • Sarah says...

      I keep thinking I’ll try to make monkey bread some Christmas morning but my family always wants to repeat our traditions, so we have yeasted waffles with local syrup, eggs benedicts to order with either Canadian bacon, Portobello mushrooms, or homemade smoked salmon, and then fresh fruit and lots of champagne.

  21. Sacha St. Germain says...

    Excited to try this!

  22. Cream cheese always makes things a little better. Never thought of putting it in chocolate chip cookies, but this is going to make me try.

  23. These sound delicious, I love the addition of cream cheese! So different, I imagine them to taste like a lovely cookie cheesecake :)

    Rachael xx.

  24. Laura C. says...

    Sooner or later I’ll be able to bake these cookies. Every time I see the ingredients list I feel like my kitchen is not enough!