Browned Butter Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oh chocolate chip cookies. There are SO MANY recipes out there for chocolate chip cookies. After growing up eating the Nestle Tollhouse recipe with only have the chips (my dad made us make them with half the chips – seriously!), I thought I had found the one with Alton Brown’s The Chewy.

But since finding that recipe, I’ve tried quite a few other chocolate chip cookie recipes (even some with bacon, molasses, and pretzels baked into them!). And there are still tons out there to try. Instead of settling for just one go-to recipe, I’ve opened my mind to trying as many as I feel intrigued by… I figure some day I’ll whip something up that takes my favorite aspects of a few different recipes to come up with an ultimate chocolate chip cookie recipe. But until that day, I’ll keep trying new ones, and remaking old ones.

Every chocolate chip cookie recipe I’ve tried has had something to love. This recipe is no exception. It’s similar to other recipes that I’ve made, since it uses melted butter. Instead of just melting the butter, you take the butter to it’s delicious nutty browned butter state. Browned butter will definitely be in my ultimate chocolate chip cookie recipe.

The dough also rests in the fridge overnight. I love doing this with cookie dough for two reasons. One, it gives me a chance to whip up the batter one night and just cook the cookies the next day. Two, chilled cookie dough holds it’s shape better. So when you use a scoop you get nice round cookies, which I love.

These are BIG cookies. I used the ice cream scooper that I use to portion cupcakes. I’ve decided that I’m using that scooper for all cookies from now on.

I decided to add a sprinkling of sea salt just before baking them. I’m a firm believer the salt should be used to enhance flavors. Desserts are no exception to that rule. I actually forgot to sprinkle sea salt on the first tray, even though it was sitting on the counter. Hubby and I agreed the ones with sea salt were much much better. Even if you don’t try this recipe, I suggest trying a sprinkle of sea salt on your next batch of cookies.

I took these cookies to a party and they were a huge hit. This was no surprise. Hubby has always claimed that he’d rather eat cookie dough instead of a baked cookie. Not these puppies. He couldn’t keep his hands off of them.

One Year Ago: French Macarons – Chocolate with Espresso Buttercream and French Macarons – Hazelnut with Chocolate Ganache
Two Years Ago: White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Bars and Chocolate Almost Candy Bars
Three Years Ago: Crockpot Pulled Pork
Four Years Ago: Lemon Curd Cookies

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Browned Butter Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

Browned butter, cream cheese, and a sprinkling of sea salt take these chocolate chip cookies to the next level!

Yield: 2 dozen large cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup (2 sticks) butter
4 oz cream cheese, softened
3/4 cups brown sugar
3/4 cups sugar
2 eggs
3 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups chocolate chips
sea salting, for sprinkling (optional)

Directions:

Melt the butter in a saucepan until brown and set it aside to cool.

Cream the butter, cream cheese and both sugars together with an electric mixer until smooth.

Add the eggs and beat until combined.

Turn the mixer on low and mix in the flour, salt and baking soda until just combined.

Add the chocolate chips and mix until just incorporated.

Cover the dough and refrigerate until chilled, several hours or overnight.

When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line a few trays with baking paper.

Roll 1/4 cup size balls of dough and place them on the trays. Flatten slightly. Sprinkle with sea salt.

Bake for 9-12 minutes, until the edges are golden.

Recipe adapted from Becky Bakes

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22 Responses to “Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes”

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    DeliciousDish — March 30, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    I NEED to make these. I might just start on them tonight!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — March 30, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    These look amazing! I would go into a sugar coma because I would probably want to eat at least three of these gems…haha.

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    Melissa — March 30, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Oh wow these are my dream dessert! I hope you bring these ones to Cupcake Camp!!

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    Erin — March 30, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    I too have been meaning to make these cupcakes since I first saw them on the internet. I love that you combined several recipes from different bloggers. Awesome recipes, unite!

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    beantownbaker — March 30, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Like I said, it’s a multi-step process, so starting part of it tonight might be a good idea. If you make them, I definitely want one. These were so good.

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    beantownbaker — March 30, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Oh that’s a thought… I still haven’t decided what I’m baking for Cupcake Camp…

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    beantownbaker — March 30, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Definitely give it a shot. They take some time, but it’s SO worth it.

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    Shannon — March 30, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    I’ve been wanting to make these for quite a while as well. My mother-in-law LOVES cookie dough and her birthday is coming up. From all the versions I’ve seen floating around on the internet, I really like yours since you have the LOTS of cookie dough in the middle of your cupcakes. So, you baked the cupcakes with the frozen cookie dough inside? No problems with it baking up? I’m definitely trying this!

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    beantownbaker — March 30, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Yep, just dropped the dough into the cupcake batter before baking it. The cupcakes did rise up quite a bit and then sank back down as they cooled. I was a little concerned I had underbaked them, but they were delicious. Definitely let me know how they turn out for you if you make them.

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    Jessica — March 30, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    oh my Lord these look amazing! I’m having a girls night next weekend and I’m def going to try these! Thanks!

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    FunandFearlessinBeantown — March 30, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Once again Jen, you impress me with your creativity!

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    Sarah C — March 30, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    I want, no NEED, to make these. Does it matter what size your cookie scoop is? Mine is a medium size with about 1.5 tbsp volume. Want to make sure it won’t be too much that it prevents the cupcake from baking up (because honestly, it’s not possible for it to be too much cookie dough).

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    beantownbaker — March 30, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    I’m honestly not sure what size my cookie scoop is. It doesn’t have any markings on it to give an indication! I think it’s the standard cookie scoop you’d get at the grocery store if that helps at all… I think 1.5 Tbsp sounds about right though.

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    Carrie — March 30, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    I’m already trying to decide what occasion to make them for.

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    Cara — March 31, 2011 at 2:07 am

    I’m still waiting to try these. Just sayin’. 😉

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    ErinsFoodFiles — March 31, 2011 at 3:14 am

    WOW! Talk about decadent!

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    beantownbaker — March 31, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Well I *might* be making these for Cupcake Camp. So, if you make the trip into Boston for that, you might be able to have one! Too bad they’re not appropriate for Passover.

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    Rebel Mel — March 31, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Who needs dessert at 8am???

    I’ll give you one hint.

    Me.

    😉

    Bookmarking this! I’ve been meaning to make these cupcakes for a while now!

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    DyingforChocolate.com — April 2, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Will be making these soon. What a great twist.. the cookie is actually a cookie in the baking process. Yum!

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    Jene — April 5, 2011 at 11:47 am

    OH. EM. GEE. I’m SO making these for euchre night on Saturday, just to have an excuse.

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    Lovemytheekidz — March 26, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    I found this recipeast summer and have made it several times for my oldest child, who has requested it again-for her sweet sixteen birthday. Thanks for the awesome recipe.

    • beantownbaker — April 16th, 2014 @ 6:01 pm

      So glad you enjoy it! This is one of our favorite cupcake recipes of all time.

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