Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

I don’t deal well with failure. Quinn likes to say that I would have made a terrible scientist. I like things to work well the first time.

When working on a recipe, sometimes you have to accept failure, learn from it, and try to make changes to make it work. Then there are the other times. The times when everything goes just as it should and the outcome is just as you’d hoped. This is one of those times.

Don't let your chocolate chip cookies be ordinary. Try these Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies! - Bake or Break

These cookies worked on my first try. And that makes me very happy. Granted, the recipe isn’t overly complicated. But, if you think it’s difficult to mess up a cookie recipe, you might want to reconsider that.

Regardless of how I got there, I’m pleased to share this little twist on chocolate chip cookies. The thing that makes these different, as you can tell by the title, is the presence of my good friend cream cheese. The amount of butter for a traditional chocolate chip cookie is reduced and replaced with a good dose of cream cheese. These cookies are a little cake-y and just the right amount of sweet.

Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: about 48 cookies

Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • 2 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 & 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350°. Grease or line baking pans.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

Beat butter, cream cheese, sugar, and brown sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix in vanilla.

Gradually add flour mixture, mixing until almost combined. Add chocolate chips, stirring until dough is thoroughly mixed.

Drop dough by tablespoonfuls onto prepared pans. Bake 12-15 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned. (These cookies will not brown like classic chocolate chip cookies.)

Cool cookies completely on pan on wire racks.

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  1. vanillasugarblog April 30, 2012 Reply

    on my list of “to create” i’ve had, way , way, in the back cream cheese infused cc cookies.
    looks like i need to make these sooner than later

  2. cluttercafe April 30, 2012 Reply

    These look soooooooooo good. I am the same way, I hate to try a recipe and have it turn out like crap. It infuriates me!

  3. Jenn Baker April 30, 2012 Reply

    I love sour cream chocolate chip cookies so I’ll definitely try these. Love when they can add to the overall texture.

  4. Lori @ RecipeGirl April 30, 2012 Reply

    I love the idea of a cream cheese chocolate chip cookie! Mmmm!

  5. What a great twist on the classic chocolate chip cookie! Yum!

  6. Hmmm, cream cheese chocolate chip cookies!!! I might have to make these, they look delicious :)

  7. thelittleloaf May 2, 2012 Reply

    I love the idea of making these with cream cheese – they look like lovely light pillows of deliciousness!

  8. The Better Baker May 3, 2012 Reply

    You can never EVER go wrong adding cream cheese to anything! What a fabulous idea. YUUUMMM!

  9. Sarah Bentley May 4, 2012 Reply

    Wow! It looks yummier in this amazing photo of yours. I baked lot of cookies for my son and this one is on my list for weekends. I always served cookies on silver rimmed plates. You are amazing.

  10. Tv Food and Drink May 5, 2012 Reply

    I am going to make these before I finish my Biggest Loser contestant application and after my Overeaters Anonymous meeting.

  11. Sounds like a great combo!

  12. Matt May 14, 2012 Reply

    These look fantastic! One question. I have a family member who isn’t a fan of cream cheese recipes. How dominant is the cream cheese flavor in cookie? Thanks! great site!

    • jennifer May 14, 2012 Reply

      Matt, the cream cheese punch, though not overwhelming, is definitely there. When some people tried them, they couldn’t identify the flavor of it. If you think it’s too much, you could try cutting back to 4 ounces of cream cheese and adding about 4 tablespoons of butter.

  13. Rosanne May 16, 2012 Reply

    Made these yesterday as bar cookies in a 13×9 pan. They are so moist and have just a little tang from the cream cheese, which cuts the sweetness a bit. They are a great variation on a choc chip cookie (or bar)! Thanks for the recipe!

  14. Ashley June 18, 2012 Reply

    I made these the other day and they went up in smoke! Thanks so much for the recipe! I posted it about it on my site.

  15. Harry June 29, 2012 Reply

    I just made these cookies using this recipe. They are amazing! More dense then regular chocolate chip cookies so it gives it kind of a cake feel but still majority cookie feel. The cream cheese adds a set of of flavor when it mixes with all the other ingredients. Definitely something that satisfied my taste pallet. One small detail I do not have a cooling rack so the cookies cooled different due to the cream cheese. When I bake regular chocolate chip cookies they cool alright and the consistency is fine without me using a cooling rack. These cookies however the moisture gets trapped on the bottom when you do not use a cooling rack. Due to the lack of butter the cookie does not firm up together as well. So my recommendation is if you do not have a cooling rack and plan to make some of these delectable cookies go buy a cooling rack. I am almost positive that would have fixed my problem but the cookies were still very enjoyable. I am sure my goddaughter will love them when I bring them to her and her family.

  16. Oliver July 30, 2012 Reply

    I made these this afternoon and they are delicious! I love the taste and texture that the cream cheese brings. My only complaint is that after five of them, you start to feel a little unwell!

    Thanks for the recipe.

  17. Sue August 17, 2012 Reply

    Just finished making a batch…need to hide them away so that there will be some left for when Dad comes home tonight! They were delicious–soft and cake-like as others have said, with just the right amount of sweetness. The cream cheese rounds out the flavors very well. Thanks for the recipe!

  18. Jenn September 18, 2012 Reply

    Just made these and YUM! Two thumbs up from both hubby and I. Definitely a keeper! Soft and cakey but taste like choc. Chip cheesecake. Thanks for sharing!

  19. Amy October 10, 2012 Reply

    Just made these and I have to say they aren’t my favorite… A little too cakey. Not sure if it is supposed to have baking soda instead of baking powder because mine looked nothing like your pictures. They puffed up a lot when I baked them :(

  20. Katy October 19, 2012 Reply

    I made these yesterday. My only question is how sticky is the dough supposed to be? The first 2 pans I did, I noticed that the dough was really wet and sticky. Now this is the first homemade cave made in years and didn’t know if it is because of the cream cheese or because I had my 5 year old help measure the flour, so I added about 1/4c more flour the second batch and it was still pretty wet . Either way they turned out great!

    • jennifer October 19, 2012 Reply

      Katy, I would describe the dough as slightly sticky but not wet. Maybe your butter was too soft?

  21. Katy October 19, 2012 Reply

    sorry cookies not cave, lol. Auto fill :-)

  22. Cris December 3, 2012 Reply

    Was wondering if maybe I did something wrong, I followed the recipe, but mine turned out like little cake stacks….any suggestions? I was dying to try these and the picture looks great, however, I couldn’t quite make them look like that.

  23. jennifer December 6, 2012 Reply

    Cris, maybe you had too much flour or overmixed the dough?

  24. Nina December 12, 2012 Reply

    I just made these with a variation on the chips and extract. They’re okay, but a little too cakey and ugly. They aren’t round and flat like your picture…more lumpy. Probably won’t use this recipe again. Sorry.

  25. Kaela January 13, 2013 Reply

    I don’t like cream cheese … Or any of my baking for that matter but these are amazing! I’m actually surprised there are any baked cookies! One scoop dough for the pan and two for me! Fantastic recipe! Definitely a keeper! Thanks for posting it (:

  26. Ashley Davidson January 17, 2013 Reply

    I made these last night and they worked out great. I halved the recipe because we just don’t need that many delicious cookies lying around when we’re about to be stranded in our house for a couple days of winter storms!

    I heeded the advice above and moved the cookies to the cooling rack almost immediately. They were dense enough that they didn’t fall apart in the process, which was delightful. :) Mine are definitely ugly, but I didn’t use a cookie scoop, which I’m sure is how yours turned out so gorgeous. A somewhat lumpy appearance doesn’t detract from how wonderfully rich they are!

    This will probably be my go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe from now on! Thank you!

  27. Julie February 9, 2013 Reply

    Yumm! I made these tonight for company we had over, and everyone loved them and raved about them. Mine weren’t very pretty, though. Very lumpy and odd shaped. I ended up kinda pressing them down with a fork when they came out of the oven because mine were so puffed up. BUT, they were delicious and so moist. I love the cream cheese tangy flavor:) Definitely a keeper!

  28. Alexandra March 15, 2013 Reply

    I googled this recipe, and I’m so pleased with the results! I also wrote down the recipe for my recipe card book.

    I wrote about it at my blog. Here’s the entry:

  29. NucgirlGina April 26, 2013 Reply

    Had some cream cheese I had to use so I just finished making these and they are great .Turned out just like the picture. Using an ice cream scoop makes a big difference very pretty cookies.

  30. Ryan September 5, 2013 Reply

    These cookies look amazingggg!!

  31. Katy January 29, 2014 Reply

    I followed the recipe and think they turned out really great! Love the creamier flavor. The batter is a bit sticky but it’s no problem. Thanks for the great recipe!

  32. Kristie January 31, 2014 Reply

    These look amazing…we recently moved to a higher altitude. you know what I should do to make them as tasty as the ones pictured above?

  33. Maria February 3, 2014 Reply

    I made these cookies today and they did not flatten out while baking. The puffed up and came out like little balls rather than cookies. They do taste good, just look a bit funny.

  34. narmi April 5, 2014 Reply

    These were really good. I substituted baking soda instead of baking powder. Not a get fan of cake-like cookies. They came out great. Thanks

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  36. Kendall Stark April 19, 2014 Reply

    I made these in bar form today, like Rosanne did above. These are the moistest, most flavorful cookies I’ve ever had! The cream cheese gives them a texture that’s out of this world. I remember my mom making regular chocolate chip cookies in bar form when I was a kid, and that’s how I prefer them. They baked up light golden brown in 35 minutes. Bravo!

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