Maraschino Cherry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hubby and I were back in Boston last weekend to be there for the movers to get everything out of our condo and to hang out with friends. Once the movers took everything away, our condo was completely empty and we had no where to sleep. After walking out the door of our building for the last time, we headed over to our friends Katie and Adam’s place. They offered us their lovely air mattress to us for the rest of the weekend.

Maraschino Cherry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

It was definitely sad leaving that place for the last time (for real this time). When we left in December, it didn’t really feel final since we were leaving stuff in the condo and knew we would definitely be coming back at some point. We left it furnished so it would show well. And I guess it paid off since we sold our condo in no time at all!

Maraschino Cherry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Since I knew we were going to be staying with K&A, I wanted to make something to thank them. My mind went straight to cookies, like it always does. In this case cookies was the right answer. I was able to make them ahead of time and freeze them. Then I threw them in my suitcase for the flight out to Boston. Katie is a HUGE fan of maraschino cherries. She always asks for extras in her drinks and will take one off your hands if you’re not that into them.

Maraschino Cherry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

I wasn’t sure if maraschino cherries would work in a cookie. I was a little worried they’d be too sweet and make the cookies unbearable. To help prevent this from happening, I decided to throw in more white chocolate than cherries. I also cut the cherries fairly small and was sure to pat them dry so there was minimal juice being added to the cookies.

Maraschino Cherry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’m happy to report these cookies are not too sweet at all. The subtle white chocolate balances out the sweetness. And the sea salt sprinkled on top doesn’t hurt either. The cherries help to keep these cookies soft as an added bonus.

Maraschino Cherry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Maraschino Cherry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Maraschino cherries give a burst of sweet cherry flavor and color to white chocolate chip cookies


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
3/4 cup (~15-18 cherries) maraschino cherries, quartered and patted dry
1 1/4 cups (~7.4 oz) white chocolate chips
sea salting, for sprinkling (optional)


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 cherries and white 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 Beantown Baker

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17 Responses to “Browned Butter Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies”

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    FunandFearlessinBeantown — March 30, 2012 at 7:53 am

    I have my tried and true ATK version but I always love discovering new chocolate chip cookie recipes!

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    Elizabeth — March 30, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Brown butter makes everything better!

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    In and Around Town — March 30, 2012 at 8:31 am

    I am pretty boring with chocolate chip cookies and stick with the recipe on the back of the bag, but the size of these and the twist on ingredients makes me want to give these a go!

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    Mrs. Williams — March 30, 2012 at 8:35 am

    I use half the bag of chips too – I like them that way! 🙂 I might have to give this one a shot – I really liked the brown butter oatmeal chocolate chip I made last week.

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    Judy — March 30, 2012 at 9:40 am

    I love trying new ccc recipes also.  You don’t mention what the texture of the cookie is.  I like crispy edges and chewy centers, very hard to find.

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    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — March 30, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Well, I know what’s happening with the half block of cream cheese in my fridge just waiting to be used up! Cookies are in my future, score. 😉

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    Colleen — March 30, 2012 at 10:52 am

    I love adding sea salt to chocolate things! I haven’t tried it on chocolate chip cookies, but it sounds delicious.

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    Carrie's Sweet Life — March 30, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    These look awesome, I am still searching for the perfect recipe!

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    PB and Peppers — March 31, 2012 at 7:05 am

    The cookies sound amazing!  I love the addition of cream cheese!  CC is my favorite cookie and I am terrified to make them because I have no self control.  I love the dough and I love the cookie!!  

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    Megan — April 1, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    These sound like they take the best components of all my favorite cookies (browned butter, a sprinkling of sea salt) and merge them together.

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    nicole @ I am a Honey Bee — April 3, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    I always stick with Tollhouse cookies. I need to open my eyes to the wide world of chocolate chip cookies varieties out there!

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    Courtney — April 15, 2012 at 11:14 am

    I made these today and they were fantastic–thanks for sharing the recipe! (*^_^*)

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    mega — May 16, 2012 at 9:16 am

    aahh this is recipe that i looking for to make choco chip cookies… thank you for post it 🙂

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    Kaila — January 4, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Made these but didn’t know you have to refrigerate the dough prior to baking hope they come out okay!

    • beantownbaker — January 5th, 2013 @ 4:31 pm

      They should still turn out ok. They might spread a bit more than mine do. Let me know how they come out!

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    Arghavan — February 16, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    Made these with the kiddies today and WOW! They are delicious! It made a lot of dough though (I made smaller cookies than the recipe called for), can I freeze the dough in small balls?

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    Jess — February 19, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    Making these today! Can’t wait to see how it turns out. I have another great brown butter choc chip recipe but never tried with cream cheese. Thought I would share my tip for the sea salt…I love a salted cookie! I wait until the cookies have cooled 5 minutes before sprinkling, it’s not too hot that the salt sinks into the batter but not too cold that the salt just bounces off.

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