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Chocolatey Cheesecake Cookies

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We think we’ve stumbled upon a stroke of sweet genius with this absolutely amazing treat. There’s really no better way to combine two of our favorite guilty pleasures than putting chocolate and cheesecake together in a one cookie. At first glance these appear to be a simple chocolate cookie, but one bite reveals a hidden treasure – sweet cream cheese. Don’t gobble them up too quickly! These cookies are meant to be savored.

If you’re looking to step up your cookie game, we definitely recommend giving these a try. It’s hard to resist the heavenly combination of chocolatey sweetness and creamy filling. This is a great way to jazz up the usual cookie routine and makes for a unique bake sale item, something a little different from the usual chocolate chip or snickerdoodle. Go ahead and make yourself an extra special treat – we hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Chocolatey Cheesecake Cookies

1 hour to prepare 16-20 cookies

Ingredients

  • Chocolate Cookie Ingredients:
  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup vegetable shortening OR 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • ¼ cup hot water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Cream Cheese Filling:
  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, room temperature and cubed
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
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Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 375º F and line a baking sheet with silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking soda; set aside.
  3. Beat shortening or butter with both sugars until creamy. Add eggs, water, and vanilla and mix until smooth.
  4. Slowly add dry ingredients to butter and sugar batter until just combined.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix cream cheese and powdered sugar together. Refrigerate cookie dough and cream cheese for 15-20 minutes before moving on to the next step.
  6. Scoop a rounded tablespoonful of cookie dough and roll into a ball, then press ball flat to make a disk. In center of disk place a teaspoon-sized scoop of cream cheese mixture, roll into a ball, then wrap disk around cream cheese and roll into a ball.
  7. Place each cookie at least 1-inch apart on lined baking sheet.
  8. Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes. Briefly cool on baking sheet then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

Recipe adapted from Melanie Makes

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