Friday, October 7, 2011

Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

Day 280: Dessert Bonus.

It's time for the Crazy Cooking Challenge: Chocolate Chip Cookies! I was lucky enough to be assigned Betcha Can't Eat Just One for another recipe challenge, Secret Recipe Club. While I was perusing what to make for that (I ended up making these delicious Red Velvet Cupcakes), I found Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies. Perfect for the chocolate chip cookie challenge. And, cream cheese in chocolate chip cookies? Hello! Delicious. And, BONUS, these are also egg-free, so they're be simple to convert to vegan. Just use vegan "butter" and cream cheese. The only change I made was doubling the vanilla extract. I pretty much always do that, for whatever reason. As you know, I'm not a huge baker of sweets. Baking is more of a science and I'm definitely one of those "throw in a little of this and a little of that" kind of cooks. So, I let my husband, the "dessert man" in the house, take the lead here. Yes, he's a man of many talents. He fries and bakes. With his help, I was able to make some pretty delicious cookies.

Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies
Adapted from Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Ingredients
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled*
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups plus 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
Note: All ingredients used are vegan versions
*If you can't find unsalted, reduce salt in recipe to 1/4 teaspoon
Directions
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment.

Cream the butter, cream cheese and sugars together until light and fluffy.  Add the vanilla.

Sift together dry ingredients and then add them to the butter mixture.  Beat until well combined.  Stir in chocolate chips.

Place a large scoop (about 2 tablespoons) on the prepared cookie sheet and flatten slightly with your hand.

Bake 12-14 minutes or until edges are light golden brown.

Cool for 5 minutes on cookie sheets before moving to wire racks to cool completely.

If you make it away with any leftover cookies (yeah, right) or, more likely at least for me, mess up a batch, try this CrockPot Cheesecake with Cookie Crust.

The Results
Oh wow. These are incredible. I split mine into two batches and ended up overcooking the first batch (about 18 minutes until they were golden brown). On the second batch, I decided not to wait for the "goldenness" and went with 15 minutes. They were delicious. The first batch was a little tough. So, I'd say definitely err on the side of less time versus getting them golden. They remind me a lot of a homemade version of Keebler Soft Batch cookies, which for some unbeknownst reason they don't seem to make anymore. Chewy and delicious.

While the vegan version is pictured (in honor of VeganMoFo), I've made these with both vegan and standard ingredients. Both turned out really well.

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14 comments:

  1. Great minds think alike =o) Delicious!!!!

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  2. These sound delicious! Glad to have found you through the Crazy Cooking Challenge! Great recipe! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. These sound delicious!! I never would have thought to put cream cheese in cookies before. Definitely going to give it a try sometime. :)

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  4. Looks so yummy....will surely give this a try:-)

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  5. Awesome! I'm definitely writing this one down. I love the idea of Cream Cheese in cookies.

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  6. I've never thought about putting cream cheese in chocolate chip cookies but that's a fantastic idea. I would love you to come visit, mine is #5.

    The Farm Girl

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  7. I would of never thought to add cream cheese. How cool and unique:)

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  8. I made these a couple years ago - my then-boyfriend/now-husband is allergic to eggs and said he'd never had chocolate chip cookies. They were delish!

    I made Oreo Stuffed CC Cookies for the challenge (#22) - hope you like the sound of them too!

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  9. I almost made a cream cheese version myself for the cookie challenge! I made the #48 cookie on the list. My family loves them, hope you can check them out.

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  10. I have never heard of a ccc with cream cheese. I can imagine it being yummy.

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  11. Love the idea of cream cheese in the batter, brilliant!

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my entry, Chocolate Chip Gingersnaps.

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

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  12. Your Cookies look great! It is fun cooking with you, I am #15. Hope you are having a wonderful week end!
    Miz Helen

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  13. I bet adding Cream Cheese to cookies would make them even yummier!! Thanks for sharing! Come check out my entry, #34, Hot Chocolate Chip Cookies!!

    http://kaylasmalltownlife.blogspot.com/2011/10/crazy-cooking-challenge-2-ultimate-hot.html

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  14. Very interesting recipe - I don't think I've ever seen cream cheese in a cc cookie recipe. Great pick!

    Happy CCC
    :)
    ButterYum

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