Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Cookies

Marla Meridith

December 21, 2010

Homemade Christmas cookies for gifts & cookie exchange

Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Cookies | MarlaMeridith.comI know we are all crazy busy getting ready for the holidays. I wanted to share one last recipe post before Santa makes his way down the chimney. I was recently asked to bake 48 homemade cookies for the annual tree lighting ceremony at my kids school.

Everyone’s go-to cookie is chocolate chip, so I decided to do a playful twist on the classic.

These Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Cookies make the perfect dunker for your morning coffee or steamy cup of hot chocolate.

Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Cookies |

These cookies have a firm texture which means they will stay in one place when you dunk ’em. The cream cheese adds a bit of a tangy flavor versus an all butter cookie. A friend said they are a cross between a butter cookie & rugelach.

Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Cookies | I used light Muscovado brown sugar. I love the sweetness and molasses flavor that natural sugar adds to baked treats. These cookies are not very sweet, simply add more chocolate chips if you prefer a sweeter cookie.

Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Cookies |

I also used white whole wheat pastry flour. These ingredients make this cookie taste a bit more wholesome than the traditional cookie with white sugar & flour. I let the dough chill in the fridge overnight. This helps the flavors develop & intensify.

Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Cookies |
If you are up for something new then I suggest you try these cookies. Make ’em as big or small as you want. I had to get 48 cookies out of this batter, so I went really small.

Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Cookies |

They were super fun to decorate too. Go with seasonal colors for whatever holiday you are celebrating. Blue & white would be perfect for Hanukkah. You can go red, pink & white for Valentines Day.

Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Cookies |

What cookies are you baking for Christmas? Do you participate in a cookie exchange?



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  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    Posted at 07:17h, 21 December

    These look delicious Marla!! I love that you used cream cheese! I can’t wait to try these 🙂

  • susan
    Posted at 07:20h, 21 December

    marla, these are adorable. i love all the special added touches to give them their holiday feel. happy holidays to you and your gorgeous family! i cannot wait to see you in two weeks!!

    • Marla
      Posted at 08:14h, 21 December

      Susan: I know it is those little touches that add so much fun to holiday baking. Cookies & cakes can go from “everyday” to “holiday” in seconds with colorful sprinkles, sugars and decorations,

      Heather: Glad you are gonna think outside the box with these cookies!

      Julia: Love that you reached out & touched your screen. Glad that the photos grabbed you 😉

      Amanda: They can even go in the kids lunchbox & you won’t feel like you gave ’em too much sugar.

  • Julia
    Posted at 07:20h, 21 December

    Everything about these makes me so happy! And the pictures made me touch my screen, in hopes that the cookies would come to life and I could eat them.

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    Posted at 07:20h, 21 December

    i love cream cheese cookies, but i’ll admit i never thought about adding chocolate chips til now…yum! 🙂

  • Tracy
    Posted at 07:24h, 21 December

    I love adding cream cheese to cookie dough; I love the softness and the bit of tang it adds. Your cookies look lovely!

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.
    Posted at 07:28h, 21 December

    Fun! These looks delish! My kids will love these. Just in time for Santa

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  • Amanda
    Posted at 07:54h, 21 December

    What a fun and unique recipe… that I would actually not feel bad about feeding to my kids!! Great job girl!

  • Michelle
    Posted at 08:51h, 21 December

    I love cream cheese cookies and they are a Christmas favorite with my family. Never have tried chocolate ones yet but I sure will now!

  • Liz (Little Bitty Bakes)
    Posted at 08:58h, 21 December

    Mmm, I love how soft cream cheese cookies are – and I love that you once again made a cookie semi-nutritious. I need to take some tips from you!

  • Angie
    Posted at 09:50h, 21 December

    Yum! Chocolate and cream cheese 2 of my most favorite things. I love your reindeer tea pot! So festive. See, it’s true you can enjoy Christmas and not gain 10 lbs while enjoying yummy treats! The sprinkles are wonderful!

  • Shaina
    Posted at 09:50h, 21 December

    I love them! Never thought of adding cream cheese, but they look divine!

  • Jeanette
    Posted at 10:40h, 21 December

    I love the use of whole wheat pastry flour in your recipe. Just curious how much it affected the texture and taste in the cookie.

  • Georgia Pellegrini
    Posted at 10:47h, 21 December

    Cream cheese makes everything better…these cookies look sweet and chewy

  • Angie
    Posted at 11:05h, 21 December

    These look so good, and soft, wonderful photos too, as usual!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet
    Posted at 11:17h, 21 December

    Love these babies! YUM!

  • Maria
    Posted at 11:37h, 21 December

    Super cute cookies Marla! Love them!

  • Heather
    Posted at 13:51h, 21 December

    Oh wow, Santa might leave extra presents with these under the tree. 🙂 Love ’em Marla!!

  • Anna Johnston
    Posted at 17:47h, 21 December

    Beautiful Marla, so Christmassy & festive – lovin’ your cookies 🙂

  • Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather
    Posted at 17:53h, 21 December

    I think that is so cool that you used cream cheese in these! It’s such a yummy flavor to go with chocolate. You’re a super star baking up all those cute cookies to take with you.

  • Esi
    Posted at 19:38h, 21 December

    Hope you have a wonderful holiday!

  • Joanne
    Posted at 04:16h, 22 December

    I ADORE rugelach dough and really could eat it without even making the rugelach! So I’m sure I would love these cookies. What a great twist on a classic!

  • Sanjeeta kk
    Posted at 04:42h, 22 December

    I love the cute deco with colorful balls on the cookies. Lovely recipe, must try for the new year celebrations. Beautiful clicks.

  • Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food
    Posted at 05:15h, 22 December

    These would be a perfect treat to set out for Santa on Christmas eve too. With all effort he must expend, surely he needs bites that are both delicious AND healthy to give him an energy boost? Happy holidays, Marla!

  • shelly (cookies and cups)
    Posted at 05:30h, 22 December

    How yummy! I am all about a dunkable cookie 🙂
    Actually I am all about a cookies in general. I’m not exclusive 🙂
    Have a great holiday!

  • Faith
    Posted at 06:15h, 22 December

    I love your addition of cream cheese, Marla! I love a good dunking cookie (perfect afternoon treat with a cup of tea or coffee) and these look wonderful!

  • Marly
    Posted at 06:46h, 22 December

    I’m with you – I love using whole wheat flour in my cookies. Sometimes I’ll use whole white wheat flour too. These look like perfect cookies for the holidays. Thanks!!

    • Marla
      Posted at 07:44h, 22 December

      Marly: Just updated the post – that is the flour I used. Either way these cookies would taste great, but they might be a bit less wheatie tasting with the white whole wheat pastry flour versus the traditional. Thanks so much for your comment & for reading the ingredients so carefully.

      Faith: These would be your kind of cookie & they would go great with your homemade hot chocolate too!

      Barbara: Yes, Santa could use some slightly healthier nibbles.

      Valerie: Back at you my friend. I hope you have a glorious holiday time with your family 🙂 XO

  • Katrina
    Posted at 07:17h, 22 December

    These cookies look beyond tasty! Great recipe 🙂

  • Heather @ Multiply Delicious
    Posted at 07:44h, 22 December

    Love these Marla! Especially the use of Whole Wheat Pastry Flour. I’m sure Santa and his reindeers would love these.
    Have a great holiday!!

  • A Canadian Foodie
    Posted at 08:02h, 22 December

    Your posts are so bright and cheerful and happy and pink and pretty they just make me smile!
    Merry, Merry Christmas, to you and your lovely family!
    I wish you warmth, and love, and happiness (which should be a given, considering your rich “foodie” life)
    Big Hug,

  • Juliana
    Posted at 16:10h, 22 December

    Yummie! These cookies look fabulous, love the idea of cream cheese and chocolate, perfect for the Holidays. Great photos 🙂

  • Betty @ scrambled hen fruit
    Posted at 19:53h, 22 December

    These look great! My kids love to dunk cookies- they’d love
    these! I hope you have a very merry Christmas!

  • Daydreamer Desserts
    Posted at 22:10h, 22 December

    Marla, I have a feeling when Santa sees this plate of
    cookies he’s bound to cave in and leave you an item or two from
    your wishlish. 😉

    • Marla
      Posted at 22:47h, 22 December

      Josie: ya think??!! You just made me giggle. I wonder which item he has tucked away for me on his sleigh 😉

    Posted at 03:39h, 23 December

    Marla…what incredibly festive treats and healthy at the
    same time…how wonderful. This was a great time for me to re-visit
    your kitchen. As they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder ;o)
    Here’s wishing you and your family the best of holiday seasons.
    Flavourful wishes, Claudia

  • Tiffany @ Conor & Bella
    Posted at 05:33h, 23 December

    I love cream cheese in cookies! These look great.

  • Cookin' Canuck
    Posted at 08:00h, 23 December

    Marla, these are so festive and absolutely perfect for the
    holidays. The kids would have a great time decorating these. I hope
    you have a wonderful holiday with your family.

  • MyMansBelly
    Posted at 10:40h, 23 December

    These are too pretty to be chocolate chip cookies! I’m
    guessing the kids loved the little decorations on these.

  • Paula - bell'alimento
    Posted at 18:51h, 23 December

    Cream Cheese and Chocolate Chips, what’s not to love ; )
    Merry Christmas Marla!

  • grace
    Posted at 22:50h, 23 December

    those’re some fat cookies, marla, and i say that a fat
    cookie is a happy cookie. nice work!

  • Monica H
    Posted at 02:17h, 24 December

    Cream cheese and chocolate chips were made for eachother. I
    love that they’re in cookie form too. Would you believe I’ve never
    participated in a cookie exchange? I’ve never been asked to, but I
    bet it would be fun! This is my first time here and I have to say
    you have a really beautiful blog. I hope you and your family have a
    wonderful holiday. ~Monica H

  • Melanie Schoenhut
    Posted at 00:14h, 29 December

    I love adding cream cheese to cookies. You decorated it perfectly. I love it. I will try this at home. Thanks for the great recipe.

  • Amber
    Posted at 14:30h, 25 March

    Hello! I just made these and they were delightful to say
    the least. And small enough for just a quick pick me up snack 🙂
    Great recipe!

    • Marla
      Posted at 14:49h, 25 March

      Amber: I am so happy you enjoyed your snack. They are delightful little cookies and I need to make more asap. Thanks for the sweet comment.

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  • Tawny A
    Posted at 07:59h, 08 June

    These sound so good!

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    Posted at 10:11h, 22 June

    I love the variations of topping use on the cookies, thanks for sharing.

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    Posted at 06:47h, 13 May

    These chocolate cookies are awesome! I love chocolate, prepared in every possible way!! Thank you for this wonderful recipe!!!

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