Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Cookies

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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 | MarlaMeridith.com

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 | MarlaMeridith.com 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 | MarlaMeridith.com

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 | MarlaMeridith.com
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 | MarlaMeridith.com

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 | MarlaMeridith.com

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Method

    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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52 Responses to Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Cookies

  1. 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!!

    • 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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!!

    • 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

  6. Marla!
    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,
    Valerie

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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!

    • 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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