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These chocolate cream cheese cookies are the perfect treat to indulge in! Creamy and rich, each bite will take you on a deliciously indulgent journey that leaves your taste buds satisfied! With an irresistibly soft texture and subtle notes of cocoa, these cookies are sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

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People obsess over my pudding and cream cheese cookies. Now I have three of them on Dishes Delish: these cream cheese chocolate chip cookies, pistachio cookies, (one of the top recipes on the blog) and pumpkin cream cheese cookies.

If you like soft, chewy cookies with lots of flavor, you will enjoy these chocolate cream cheese cookies. These are hubby’s favorite.

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Tips
  • You want the butter to be at room temperature so take out the butter at least an hour before you start on the cookies.
  • I put the butter in the stand mixer bowl and cut it into pads to soften quicker.
  • I use the double chocolate pudding mix, but you can use the regular chocolate pudding mix.
  • You can either use pudding mix that you cook or instant. I use the cook-and-serve version because it tastes more vibrant than instant.
  • I prefer dark chocolate chips in these cookies, but I’ve also made them with white chocolate chips. Another good choice is milk chocolate chips. You choose.
  • I use granulated sugar, but you could use brown sugar if you prefer.
  • Use a medium cookie scoop. It makes for airy-soft cookies.
  • The baked cookies should be slightly browned on the edges and a little soft to the touch.
  • If you don’t own cookie scoops, you can just add tablespoonfuls of cookie dough to the baking sheets.
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How to make these chocolate cookies

Pre-step

Take out the butter at least one hour before starting.

Step one

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Get out your stand mixer or electric mixer, a cookie sheet, and a cookie scoop.

Step two

Gather the wet ingredients – butter, full-fat cream cheese, egg, and vanilla extract. (A)

Step three

Gather the dry ingredients: chocolate fudge pudding mix, all purpose flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. (B)

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Step four

Add butter, cream cheese, and sugar to the stand mixer. (C)

Step five

Turn the mixer on medium and mix until creamy. (D)

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Step six

Add egg and vanilla. (E)

Step seven

Turn the mixer on medium and mix until combined. (F)

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Step eight

Add the pudding mix, flour, salt, and baking soda. (G) Turn the mixer on low speed and gradually raise it to medium speed. Just mix until combined.

Step nine

Stir and fold in the chocolate chips with a spatula. Use a cookie scoop to place the cookie dough balls on the baking sheet. (H)

On the left - pudding, flour and baking soda in the mixer. And on the right - a hand holding a scoop of batter over the cookie sheet with a bowl of batter in the backgroundPin

Continue placing the dough balls on the sheets. Don’t they look like chocolate mousse balls?

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Step ten

Bake for 15 minutes. When the cookies are done, the edges will be slightly browned, and a little soft to the touch.

Wait 5 minutes before removing the cookies to a wire rack to cool.

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Gather your friends and pile the cookies on a plate.

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Time to take a bite.

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Mmmm. Soft and delicious!

I hope you enjoyed this chocolate cream cheese cookies recipe! They are so scrumptious.

And as always, may all your dishes be delish.

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Chocolate Cream Cheese Cookies

These soft, chewy, and delicious cookies will be the star of your cookie tray!
5 from 18 votes
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Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate cream cheese cookies, chocolate pudding, chocolate pudding cookies, cream cheese cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 35 cookies
Calories: 134kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter (softened – take butter out at least an hour before starting)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • .75 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2.25 cups white flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • .50 teaspoon salt
  • 3.4 ounces chocolate fudge pudding mix (or regular chocolate – cook and serve if you can get it, or instant if you can't)
  • .50 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Add softened butter, cream cheese and sugar in stand mixer and mix on medium until creamy.
    1 cup butter, 8 ounces cream cheese, .75 cup sugar
  • Add egg and vanilla and mix on medium until combined.
    1 egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Add flour, pudding mix, baking soda, and salt and mix until combined
    2.25 cups white flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 3.4 ounces chocolate fudge pudding mix, .50 teaspoon salt
  • Stir in chocolate chips.
    .50 cup chocolate chips
  • Scoop up the cookie dough and place on the cookie sheet – 16 balls on a sheet. Bake for 15 minutes.
    The cookies should be a little browned on the edges and slightly soft to the touch.
  • Let cool for 5 minutes on the sheet before transferring the cookies to a wire rack.
  • Eat
  • Smile
  • Enjoy
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Notes

Helpful tips

  • You want the butter to be at room temperature so take out the butter at least an hour before you start on the cookies.
  • I put the butter in the stand mixer bowl and cut it into pads to soften quicker.
  • I use the double chocolate pudding mix, but you can use the regular chocolate pudding mix.
  • You can either use pudding mix that you cook or instant. I use the cook-and-serve version because it tastes more vibrant than instant.
  • I prefer dark chocolate chips in these cookies, but I’ve also made them with white chocolate chips. Another good choice is milk chocolate chips. You choose.
  • I use granulated sugar, but you could use brown sugar if you prefer.
  • Use a medium cookie scoop. It makes for airy-soft cookies.
  • The baked cookies should be slightly browned on the edges and a little soft to the touch.
  • If you don’t own cookie scoops, you can just add tablespoonfuls of cookie dough to the baking sheets.

Nutrition

Serving: 2cookies | Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 102mg | Potassium: 32mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 255IU | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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44 Comments

  1. I definitely think cream cheese is an underused ingredient, and this looks like such a delicious way to use it. Can’t wait to try!

  2. I just know these little gems would be so delicious. Eating just one would be IMPOSSIBLE. That cream cheese and chocolate combination is so good.

  3. These soft cookies are indeed delish! I am pretty sure between me and Loreto we would take care of quite a few on that plate ๐Ÿ˜‰ !

  4. Just look at that puff!!! I love a great, soft chocolate cookie! Yours look super yummy and easy! Pinning for later!

  5. This is a fun unique recipe! What a great idea adding cream cheese and chocolate pudding to the cookie mix. They look delicious and I’m pinning this to make later.

  6. Oh my goodness these chocolate cookies also have cream cheese?! I am sooo excited to make these beauties! I love that they are fast too – nothing worse than when you have to refrigerate dough first!

  7. Ha ha, it’s funny how we feel bad for those recipes that drop to the number two spot! These cookies look so yummy, look forward to trying them!

  8. Oh how I wish I had one right now ๐Ÿ˜€ These look soo good! I love the cream cheese and pudding mix in there…I bet these are scrumptious!

  9. Your step by step pictures and directions will make making these chocolate cream cheese cookies super easy.

  10. Don’t we just all love easy!! These chocolate cookies look so good and flavorful. What a great way to whip up a dessert in no time. I’ve got the pudding and the cream cheese. Now all I have to do is make the cookies.

    1. Thanks Marisa! I love when I have someone’s recipe ingredients on hand, that way I have instant gratification.

  11. These look amazing!! Loving that you used the pudding!! Cookies are my weakness so I’ll be making these for sure!

  12. Pass some over here!!! I’m already saying Mmmmmm! I love any dessert with cream cheese. The cream cheese and chocolate combo in a cookie definitely has me interested! Cannot wait to try these.

  13. Now you have me feeling nostalgic – the first cookies I baked when I was a kid had pudding mix in them. Not cream cheese, though… LOL (I think it used a baking mix – this looks altogether better!) It was a great way to learn, because they always came out well, and I developed confidence. These look so moist and soft!

    1. Thanks Anne, I appreciate it! How fun. I love recipes that remind me of my childhood. My first cookie I made myself is the snickerdoodle and I remember it vividly!

  14. Just noticed that the ingredient list says baking powder but down in the instructions it says baking soda. Which is it?

  15. The recipe calls for “.50 chocolate chips”…0.5 *what?!* ounces? kilograms? cups? 1/2 of one chocolate chip? I’m amazed no others have asked about this glaring error.

    1. Sorry Eric, it’s 1/2 cup. I can’t believe I missed that. Just updated the recipe card. Happy holidays and thanks for pointing it out.

          1. OK, I finally made it, but I did make a couple of minor tweaks: I used a full 5 oz. box of chocolate fudge cook-and-serve pudding mix, 1 full cup of dark chocolate chips, and added 0.5 teaspoon of baking powder (in addition to the baking soda called for). I also think that I made the cookies a bit smaller than yours, as I got 47 of them (and 15 minutes baking time was perfect). They came out GREAT!!!! Nice and fluffy and oh-so chocolaty!

          2. I’m so glad you enjoyed them. I love the additions you used. I would have used a full cup of chocolate chips too but for some reason, hubby thinks they are better with less. I never think there could be too much chocolate. Thanks for coming back and telling me. ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy holidays.

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