Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cookies




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Introduction

Indulge in the delightful combination of Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cookies, a treat that blends the classic flavors of chocolate chip cookies with a creamy cheesecake filling. These cookies offer a perfect balance of sweet and tangy flavors in every bite, making them a crowd-pleasing dessert option.

Why Make This Recipe

If you enjoy the rich taste of chocolate chips in cookies and the creamy texture of cheesecake, this recipe is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Combining two beloved desserts into one delightful treat, these cookies are perfect for special occasions, holiday gatherings, or a sweet afternoon snack.

How to Make Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cookies

Ingredients:

  • For the Cookie Dough:
    • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
    • 2 large eggs
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 3 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • For the Cheesecake Filling:
    • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
    • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Prepare the Cheesecake Filling:
    • In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Make the Cookie Dough:
    • In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
    • Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla extract.
    • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, mixing until just combined.
    • Fold in the chocolate chips.
  3. Assemble the Cookies:
    • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) and line baking sheets.
    • Scoop a tablespoon of cookie dough, flatten it slightly, add a teaspoon of cheesecake filling, then top with another tablespoon of cookie dough.
    • Place the filled cookies on the baking sheets.
  4. Bake the Cookies:
    • Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown. Cool on the baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack.
  5. Enjoy:
    • These cookies are best enjoyed fresh and can be stored in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

How to Serve Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cookies

Serve these cookies as a delightful dessert or snack alongside a glass of cold milk or a cup of hot coffee. The combination of chocolate chips and creamy cheesecake filling makes them a perfect treat for any time of day.

How to Store Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cookies

Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. For longer storage, freeze the cookies in a sealed container or freezer bag for up to 3 months. Thaw before serving.

Tips to Make Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cookies

  • Ensure the cream cheese is softened to room temperature for a smooth filling.
  • Use good quality chocolate chips for the best flavor.
  • Do not overmix the cookie dough to prevent dense cookies.
  • Experiment with different types of chocolate chips or add nuts for variation.

FAQs

  1. Can I use milk chocolate chips instead of semisweet? Yes, adjust the sweetness level to your preference.
  2. How do I prevent the cheesecake filling from leaking out during baking? Make sure to seal the edges of the cookie dough well.
  3. Can I make the cookie dough and cheesecake filling in advance? Yes, you can prepare them ahead and assemble the cookies just before baking.

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