It is early morning just before the sunrise. I’m sitting here listening to birds chirping. I’m also desperately thinking of words for this post. Yep, it struck again… Good old writer’s block. So there’s nothing to do except write about how I have nothing to write about. Oh, and perhaps a little about Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Cookies.
Are you a dough and batter taster? I am. For me, it started long ago with the usual licking the beaters as a kid. What I noticed is how I could tell how good a cake would be from the batter. The same goes for cookie dough.
One taste of this cookie dough was all it took. I knew Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Cookies would be incredible. I found myself pinching off little bites to nibble on while rolling the dough into balls. I think I ate about two or three cookies worth of dough. That’s rare for me.
Since I’m on the subject of little bites… I finally found the perfect basket to hold dog toys. It fits exactly in the space by the dog bed. So guess what Milo, my dog who is afraid of everything, is doing? I’m catching him taking little bites of the basket. I hear a crunching noise and see him nibbling away.
Anyway, back to the cookies. You may be wondering how they taste. The word scrumptious comes to my mind. The outside is crispy and inside is soft and airy. Mini chips add a light touch of chocolate. A coating of sugar gives them an extra touch of sweetness.
The original recipe came from the internet. I was searching for cookies made with cream cheese. I found King Arthur Flour’s sugar cookies have an option to make them with it. I not only made them with cream cheese, I lessened the amount of butter and increased the amount of cheese.
I made some other changes too. I added mini chocolate chips. I used sanding sugar instead of regular sugar for the coating to give an extra crunch on the outside. All the changes worked perfectly. The result is cookies that will disappear quickly.
How about more cookies made with cheese? It’s the theme for this month’s Creative Cookie Exchange. There are both savory and sweet ones. Scroll way down to find the list. Also take a look at my Spicy Blue Cheese Shortbread Cookies and Tangerine Ricotta Bars.
Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Cookies
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1/2 cup cream cheese at room temperature
- 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
- 1 large egg at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 3/4 cup white sanding sugar
Heat oven to 375°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or non-stick liner.
Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
Beat butter, cream cheese, and granulated sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy.
Add egg and vanilla to creamed mixture and beat until well combined, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
Add flour mixture and beat at medium speed until dry ingredients are evenly moistened.
Stir in chocolate chips.
Place sanding sugar in a shallow bowl or on a small plate.
Drop tablespoons of dough into the sugar and roll gently to form dough balls coated with sugar.
Place dough balls 2 inches apart on baking sheets.
Use the bottom of a 1-cup measure to flatten dough balls to about 1/4-inch thick.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, 10 minutes for softer cookies and 12 minutes for crunchier cookies. (The edges should be golden brown).
Cool cookies on the baking sheets for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Cookies are crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. A sugar coating gives them an extra touch of sweetness.
Recipe adapted from Sugar Cookies on the King Arthur Flour website.
Cheese makes everything better–even cookies! Sweet or savory, you can find them here!
You can also use us as a great resource for cookie recipes. Be sure to check out our Pinterest Board and our monthly posts (you can find all of them here at The Spiced Life). You will be able to find them the first Tuesday after the 15th of each month! Also, if you are looking for inspiration to get in the kitchen and start baking, check out what all of the hosting bloggers have made:
- Banana Chocolate Chip Bars by What Smells So Good?
- Black Bottom Mini Cream Cheese Brownie Cups by Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Cheddar Chive Shortbread by Food Lust People Love
- Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Cookies by Magnolia Days
- Cream Cheese Kolachky by Oven Delights
- Geese Feet (Farmer’s Cheese Cookies) by A Shaggy Dough Story
- Italian Ricotta Cookies by All That’s Left Are The Crumbs
- Lemon Ricotta Cookies by A Baker’s House
- Pepper Jack and Green Chile Cornbread Madeleines by Live. Bake. Love
- Spiced Parmigiano Scones by Spice Roots
- Tiramisu Sandwich Cookies by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
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