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Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies and cheesecake collide. Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cookies look like typical cookies at first glance–until you take a bite and discover the creamy cheesecake center. Amp up your cookie game with these easy recipe!

Love chocolate and cheesecake? Try these Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cupcakes next. Or give our chocolate chip cheesecake bars a try soon!

Chocolate chip cheesecake cookies on parchment paper.

Why this Recipe Works

  • Classic chocolate chip cookies on the outside. Pure cheesecake bliss on the inside!
  • Cheesecake center bakes right into the cookies, with no extra steps or fuss.
  • Delicious served chilled straight from the refrigerator!
  • Easy to make with no complicated ingredients or materials.
  • GIANT cookies!

I recently shared my Soft Cheesecake Cookies recipe with you all. Today’s recipe offers a different variation on the concept.

Instead of baking cream cheese into the dough, you make a cheesecake filling that goes into the center of a chocolate chip cookie. It’s the best of both worlds!

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed to make chocolate chip cheesecake cookies.

Salted butter. Usually I prefer unsalted butter for baking, but the salted butter adds lovely flavor to this cookie recipe.

Mini chocolate morsels. Semi-sweet are my preference but dark, milk or even white chocolate can be used too.

Vanilla extract. If you haven’t learned How to Make Vanilla Extract, now is the time! Or use store bought pure vanilla if you’re on short notice.

Cream cheese. Use full fat for best flavor. Will need to be softened!

Easy Instructions

Step by step photos showing how to make chocolate chip cookie dough.

Make and chill the cookie dough.

Prep the dough just like if you were making regular chocolate chip cookies. Allow the dough to chill for 30 minutes in the fridge for easiest handling.

Add cheesecake filling.

Beat the cheesecake ingredients together until smooth.

Scoop cookie dough into the palm of your hand and flatten slightly to form a disk. Drop a spoonful of cheesecake filling onto the center of the cookie.

Top with another scoop of cookie dough. Press the edges together. Repeat until all the cookie dough has been used.

Step by step photos showing how to add cheesecake filling to cookies.

Bake.

Bake chocolate chip cheesecake cookies on a lined baking sheet for 12 – 14 minutes. Remove, let cool and chill before serving.

Tips and Tricks

  • Do not over bake. The edges of the cookies should be just lightly golden brown with a slightly soft center. When in doubt, err on the side of under baking rather than over baking.
  • In a rush? Skip the chilling. The dough is less sticky after some time in the fridge, making it easier to handle. But the taste of the finished cheesecake cookies will not be effected if you decide not to chill the dough.
  • Let cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes. The cookies will continue to cook a bit as they cool. After several minutes, transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  • More filling. Stuff with caramel bits instead of cheesecake! Like I did with these caramel stuffed chocolate chip cookies. Or Oreos! These Oreo stuffed cookies are delicious! Try our S’mores Cookies too!
Chocolate chip cheesecake cookie broken in half.

Recipe FAQs

How do you store these cookies?

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cookies should be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Enjoy cold for best taste!

Can you freeze cookies with a cheesecake filling?

Yes, these cheesecake filled cookies can be kept frozen for 1 -2 months. Let thaw in the refrigerator before eating.

Can I prep this dough ahead of time?

Yes, you can make the chocolate chip cookie dough as many as 2 to 3 days in advance. Keep tightly wrapped in the fridge until ready to bake. The dough freezes well for several months too!

Chocolate chip cookie with cheesecake filling being broken in half.

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Yield: 24 cookies

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cookies Recipe

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 2 minutes

Chocolate chip cookies and cheesecake collide. Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cookies look like typical cookies at first glance--until you take a bite and discover the creamy cheesecake center. Amp up your cookie game with these easy recipe!

Ingredients

For the Cookie Dough

  • 1 ¼ cup salted butter, softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups mini semi-sweet chocolate chip morsels

For the Filling

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Make the cookie dough by beating the softened butter with both sugars for several minutes, until fully blended.
  2. Add in vanilla and eggs. Beat until combined.
  3. Add flour and baking soda, mixing just until blended. Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Chill cookie dough in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  5. For the filling, beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla until fully combined, about 3-4 minutes. Chill in refrigerator until ready to use.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  7. Using a 2 Tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop cookie dough into palm of your hand and flatten into a circle (about 2-inches to 2 ½-inches). Place on parchment paper at least 4 inches apart (I put 4 cookies on a sheet at a time).
  8. Using a small scoop, drop about 1 Tablespoon of cheesecake filling into the center of each cookie dough circle. Using the 2 Tablespoon scoop, grab another scoop of cookie dough, flatten in your hand and place gently over the cheesecake.
  9. Pick up the entire cookie and press edges together so that cheesecake doesn't come out. Place back on cookie sheet. Repeat for remaining cookies. Press a few extra chocolate chips on top, before baking, if desired.
  10. Bake in preheated oven for 12-14 minutes. The cookies will have lightly golden edges, but be sure to not OVERBAKE them. You want them a little soft in the center (I always err on undercooking vs overcooking).
  11. Allow cookies to sit on cookie sheet for 5-8 minutes to cool (they will continue to cook slightly) and then remove them to cool completely on a wire rack.
  12. Refrigerate cookies for at least one hour before serving for best flavor!

Notes

  • Chilling the dough before baking is completely optional. The results turn out the same. HOWEVER, I found the dough easier and less sticky to handle after chilling for about 30 minutes.
  • Store cookies in airtight container in the refrigerator. They're so good cold!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 301Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 168mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 1gSugar: 22gProtein: 3g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Posted on June 14, 2021

Comments & Reviews

  1. I wish I had never seen this recipe, haha. They are so dang good that I cannot stay away from them. My waistline is in serious trouble! I don’t usually like cookies served cold, but these are amazing chilled!

  2. Whipped up a batch of these this afternoon, and they did not disappoint! Easy, delicious and exactly what I needed to cure my sweet tooth

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