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Ultimate Chocolate Cream Cheese Cookies

It's the 15th of the month again...and that means it's time to share with you what we made at Baking Partners! The theme for this month's challenge is...
Yes, COOKIES!!! And I got the privilege of selecting one of the three recipes that we could choose from...and I went for this Ultimate Cream Cheese Cookies recipe from Baked Owners Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito.

I've tried making these cookies before (when I first got my Food & Wine Best of the Best Cookbook Recipes Vol. 14) and I want my friends at Baking Partners to experience its melt-in-your-mouth goodness, hence I chose this recipe. This is very easy to make and the end result is fabulously delicious! You will definitely love the wonderful combination of chocolate and cream cheese in it! It has a very rich flavor and a distinctively chewy texture, and really good by itself...but my daughters insisted that we put frosting on it. Well, I gave in to their request. I made a white chocolate, cream cheese glaze and I let them decorate some of the cookies. I included the glaze recipe here just in case you would like to try it too! 

Some of my friends at Baking Partners made Cornflake Cookies and some others made Homemade Oreo Cookies. Wish I had the time to try them out too! They look really good! Be sure to check them out too! 


Ingredients:
For the cookies:
Recipe from Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito on Food & Wine Best of the Best Cookbook Recipes Vol. 14
  • 2 ¼ cups all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened slightly
  • 4 oz. Cream Cheese at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 Tbsp. heavy cream
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 3 oz. bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 8 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
For the glaze:
  • 1 (8oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 6 oz. white chocolate chips, melted
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
Procedure:
For the cookies:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. In a bowl, sift the flour with the cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, combine the butter, cream cheese, granulated sugar and brown sugar and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Beat in the eggs, heavy cream and vanilla until blended. At low speed, beat in the dry ingredients. Add the melted chocolate and chocolate chips and beat just until incorporated. Cover the bowl and refrigerate the dough for at least 15 minutes or up to 2 hours.
2. Scoop heaping tablespoons of cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing them two inches apart. Bake for 12 minutes until the cookies are just set; shift the baking sheets for top to bottom and front to back half way through. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer them to a rack to cool completely.
Note: The cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

For the glaze:
In a bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth and fluffy. Gradually beat in melted chocolate until well blended. Beat in softened butter and lemon juice until well combined and smooth. Transfer to a piping bag and pipe frosting onto each cookie as desired.

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27 comments :

  1. The cookies look so soft and yummy... First time to ur blog. Happy to follow u.. Do visit my space when u find time

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  2. Sounds so interesting cookies with cream cheese :)

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  3. great work! very well presented Tina! they look great!

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  4. Tried this ultimate cookies and we just enjoyed it,beautifully done..Tina you rock.

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  5. Cute and delicious looking cookies! Love cream cheese on and in cookies :)

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  6. Cute and delicious ones,tried the recipe Tina,superb recipe,thanks for sharing.

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  7. Tina, your cookies, looks perfect and beautiful, love it. It is addictive too.

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  8. These cookies look perfect and delicious...Loved the glaze you used to design them..

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  9. These are really addictive cookies. you made it perfectly Tina. You are rocking dear. Like your decoration dear.

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  10. Great looking cookies with lovely design on it and very addictive too..

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  11. I'll take two dozen please! That should fill my cookie jar for a day or two. :)

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  12. Delicious and tempting cookies.. Would try these cookies sometime.
    Love your presentation..

    Divya's Culinary Journey

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  13. Awesome recipe! Feeling like a big kid rushing to snap up all your cookies. Hey dear, have u participated in my Vitacost US$50 International Giveaways? U may win this too! Hahaha!

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  14. wow just like the title says ultimate cookies by Tina :P love each one of them, shows your personal touch :) love it

    Priya
    Special K Cookies



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  15. I would have picked out this recipe, too! And I love how you've decorated them...so cute! Have a great week, Tina!

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  16. perfect cookies and I love the design of the frosting, so creative :)

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  17. Wow, it may be easy to make but your deco is so good. I am lost and am wondering if I can make the same. Lovely and fabulous Tina.

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  18. oh those are fabulous! Will have to remember to make them for my son and his friends after school!

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  19. Delicious cookies Tina! I wouldn't be able to resist!

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  20. Hi Tina!! I just realized that your oven is wide (or actually I should say mine is old and small! haha). How nice to bake all these cookies all at once!! Never seen cream cheese in cookies before - there is always something new when we have creative people around! :) They look delicious Tina!

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  21. Your cookies are so pretty decorated! I didn't have time to make these but they sound real good. I plan on making them soon.

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  22. I love the presentation of your cookies!

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  23. I've never seen cream cheese in cookies, but then again who could resist chocolate & cream cheese? delish!
    Thanks for dropping by my blog with your lovely comment. Have a great day!

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  24. Your cookies look wonderful. Now look forward to trying the other two as well.

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  25. Super yum, I love cream cheese but never thought to use them in cookies, it must make it fabulously rich and chewy.

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  26. These are on my must make list! YUM!

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