Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Cookies

by Marla on December 21, 2010 · 52 comments

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Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Cookies | FamilyFreshCooking.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?

Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Cookies

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: Makes about 48 small cookies or make fewer bigger ones

Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Cookies


  • 2 1/2 cups White Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 4 ounces Unsalted Butter
  • 4 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 cup packed Light Brown Muscovado Sugar
  • 1 large Egg
  • 2 teaspoons pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Chocolate Chips (I like semi sweet chocolate)
  • Cooking Spray


    Cookie Dough
  • Sift together flour, baking powder & salt. Beat sugar, butter & cream cheese in a stand mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg & vanilla until well combined. Add in flour mixture 1/2 cup at a time until well combined. Mix in chocolate chips. Divide dough into 2 balls, flatten out and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Store in the fridge for 30 minutes to overnight.
  • Baking
  • Remove dough from the fridge and unwrap. Preheat oven to 350?F with the rack in center of oven. Line 2-3 cookie sheets with parchment paper. Use a coffee scoop or small ice cream scoop to keep the size of the cookies consistent. Flatten into 1/2 inch patties & decorate with sprinkles & coarse sugar. Place on cookie sheet about 1 inch apart & bake for around 12-15 minutes until the bottom of the cookies are a light golden brown. Cool cookies on racks.
  • Notes
  • I prepared my dough the night before I baked these cookies. This gives the flavors a chance to combine. You will probably have great results if you chill the dough for just 30 minutes and then bake them.
  • These cookies have a firm texture & are great for dunking.
  • Store cookies at room temperature in an airtight container & move to fridge after a few days.
  • If you do not have Muscovado brown sugar you can use Sucanat or whatever light brown sugar you have on hand.
  • If you do not have white whole wheat pastry flour you can use regular whole wheat pastry flour. Your cookies might have a deeper wheat flavor & the cookies will be darker brown in color if you do so.
  • You can also freeze this dough, just wrap tightly in plastic wrap & a Ziploc. Store for about 4 weeks until ready to use. Thaw on the countertop for about 30 minutes.


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{ 48 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Estela @ Weekly Bite December 21, 2010 at 7:17 am

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


2 susan December 21, 2010 at 7:20 am

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!!


3 Marla December 21, 2010 at 8:14 am

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.


4 Julia December 21, 2010 at 7:20 am

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.


5 Heather (Heather's Dish) December 21, 2010 at 7:20 am

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


6 Tracy December 21, 2010 at 7:24 am

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


7 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. December 21, 2010 at 7:28 am

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


8 Amanda December 21, 2010 at 7:54 am

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


9 Michelle December 21, 2010 at 8:51 am

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!


10 Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) December 21, 2010 at 8:58 am

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!


11 Angie December 21, 2010 at 9:50 am

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!


12 Shaina December 21, 2010 at 9:50 am

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


13 Jeanette December 21, 2010 at 10:40 am

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.


14 Georgia Pellegrini December 21, 2010 at 10:47 am

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


15 Angie December 21, 2010 at 11:05 am

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


16 Jessica @ How Sweet December 21, 2010 at 11:17 am

Love these babies! YUM!


17 Maria December 21, 2010 at 11:37 am

Super cute cookies Marla! Love them!


18 Heather December 21, 2010 at 1:51 pm

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


19 Anna Johnston December 21, 2010 at 5:47 pm

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


20 Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather December 21, 2010 at 5:53 pm

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.


21 Esi December 21, 2010 at 7:38 pm

Hope you have a wonderful holiday!


22 Joanne December 22, 2010 at 4:16 am

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!


23 Sanjeeta kk December 22, 2010 at 4:42 am

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


24 Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food December 22, 2010 at 5:15 am

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!


25 shelly (cookies and cups) December 22, 2010 at 5:30 am

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!


26 Faith December 22, 2010 at 6:15 am

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!


27 Marly December 22, 2010 at 6:46 am

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!!


28 Marla December 22, 2010 at 7:44 am

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


29 Katrina December 22, 2010 at 7:17 am

These cookies look beyond tasty! Great recipe :)


30 Heather @ Multiply Delicious December 22, 2010 at 7:44 am

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!!


31 A Canadian Foodie December 22, 2010 at 8:02 am

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,


32 Juliana December 22, 2010 at 4:10 pm

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


33 Betty @ scrambled hen fruit December 22, 2010 at 7:53 pm

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


34 Daydreamer Desserts December 22, 2010 at 10:10 pm

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. 😉


35 Marla December 22, 2010 at 10:47 pm

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


36 FOODESSA December 23, 2010 at 3:39 am

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


37 Tiffany @ Conor & Bella December 23, 2010 at 5:33 am

I love cream cheese in cookies! These look great.


38 Cookin' Canuck December 23, 2010 at 8:00 am

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.


39 MyMansBelly December 23, 2010 at 10:40 am

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


40 Paula - bell'alimento December 23, 2010 at 6:51 pm

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


41 grace December 23, 2010 at 10:50 pm

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


42 Monica H December 24, 2010 at 2:17 am

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


43 Melanie Schoenhut December 29, 2010 at 12:14 am

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.


44 Amber March 25, 2011 at 2:30 pm

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!


45 Marla March 25, 2011 at 2:49 pm

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.


46 Tawny A June 8, 2012 at 7:59 am

These sound so good!


47 Cindy B. June 22, 2012 at 10:11 am

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


48 Mary May 13, 2013 at 6:47 am

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


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