I like to give out homemade baked goods as presents for Christmas. I feel that it adds a “personal” touch! Of course! This started when I was in college. I started out molding chocolates then moved on to actually baking pastries.
So I was trying to come up with what I’ll be giving this year and this classic cookie with a twist came to mind. Time to make a batch!
Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Cookies
170g Butter, unsalted, softened
57g Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
1 cup Dark (or Light) Brown Sugar, packed
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 Eggs, large
2 1/4 cups All Purpose Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Salt
1 1/2cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (more if you want!) I used semi sweet + white
1. Using the paddle attachment of a stand mixer, cream the butter and cream cheese.
2. Add the sugars and beat until light and fluffy. Scrape the side of bowl from time to time.
3. Add the vanilla extract and beat for 10 seconds.
4. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
5. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Then on low speed, add this to the creamed mixture.
6. Stir in the chocolate chips until just incorporated. Or fold it in by hand using a rubber spatula.
7. Cover the bowl in plastic film. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
8. When you’re ready to bake, preheat oven to 375F.
9. Line baking sheets with baking paper of silicon mats if you have them.
10. Drop 2 – 3 Tablespoons of dough onto the baking sheets at least 2 inches apart. For even portions, I used a 2″ ice cream scooper.
11. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. It might look under baked, but that’s what you want to achieve. Crispy on the outside, semi soft in the middle.
12. Remove pans from the oven and let the cookies sit for 1 minute before transferring to a cooling rack.
* Chilling the dough will help in the baking. This guarantees that the cookies won’t spread too much during baking.
* The use of brown sugar when making cookies will result to chewier cookies while using only white sugar makes them crispier. Using both? Well, you’ll get the best of both worlds! :)