Sunday, August 18, 2013

Brown Butter & Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies | Secret Recipe Club

The third week of the month means it is Secret Recipe Club time.  It is a time when I get to experience the great reveal and who clandestinely had my blog for a month.  Did they look through every post or simply go to their favorite category to make their decision?  Sometimes I am astonished how far back the viewing goes; sometimes a post from several years ago makes the great reveal.  What post will it be this month? If you want to get in on the action, simply click on the Secret Recipe Club and learn how to join in the fun. 

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For August I was assigned to Toni whose blog is called Mommy’s Menu.  Toni resides in Utah and is a mother to 7 children.  She loves to cook along with being handy in the kitchen and staying within budget.  Although I have never met Toni, I can only imagine that she puts on her Super Mom Cape each and everyday.  Hats off to you Toni!  After browsing through her many delicious recipes that are approachable along with being crowd pleasers, the Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies just resonated in my brain.

After reviewing the recipe, I noticed it did not call for any eggs.  Typically every recipe I have ever made for Chocolate Chip Cookies called for eggs.  Interesting I thought.  After researching a bit, the original recipe was devised due to an egg allergy.  The cream cheese makes for a remarkable substitute and mimics the eggs qualities in the cookie. 

The recipe called for melted and cooled butter, which I thought was a unique step in the preparation of this recipe.  I always like to add my own touches to recipes to make them my own.  With my adoration for brown butter, this was the perfect opportunity to add another element of flavor to these cookies by browning the butter.  The result was an added layer of deliciousness to these magnificent cookies. Enjoy this unique spin on the traditional chocolate chip cookie.

Brown Butter & Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes 60 Cookies

8 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
1 ½ Cup Brown Butter, melted and cooled
2 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Cup Granulated Sugar
1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Salt
4 Cups + 6 Tablespoons All Purpose Flour
3 Cups Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large skillet, add the butter and cook on medium to medium high heat until brown begins to brown and smell nutty.  Remove and let cool completely.

Cream together the cooled brown butter, cream cheese and sugars until light and fluffy.  Add the vanilla.

Sift together the dry ingredients and then add them slowly to the butter mixture until well combined.  Stir in the chocolate chips. 

Place a large scoop (I used a one and half inch ice cream scooper) to make uniform cookies, onto the cookie sheet. Slightly press cookie down with your hand. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until cookies are light golden brown.  Let cool and then finish cooling process on a wire rack.


  1. You already know how I feel about brown butter, and I love adding cream cheese to cookie dough. These are a must try! :)

  2. Oh I love brown butter and as soon as I hear it or see it, I get excited. :D How interesting to put cream cheese in these chocolate chip cookies. I don't think I came across a recipe using cream cheese in cookies (but I'm not much of a baker so I don't read enough baking recipes). Looks really delicious and wish to have a few to try! :)

  3. Brown butter makes all baking recipes a little bit better, and I love the idea of cream cheese in the batter. Really gorgeous cookies Lisa!

  4. cream cheese in chocolate chip cookies??? Uhhh, YEAH! haha.. I have no allergy to eggs but I would do this on principle.

    fabulous blog darling! I had you for SRC this month and your recipes are seriously everything that I love about food! I very much enjoyed getting to read your posts and you can sure as heck bet I'll be pinning and saving other recipes to make in future.

    Thank you thank you thank YOU for being so wonderful :) Happy SRC reveal!

  5. Brown butter is an amazing ingredient! GREG

  6. The cookies sound awesome! Thanks for hosting the link party, always appreciate it :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  7. You had me at brown butter. ;) These cookies look delish!!

  8. had me at brown butter.

  9. These sound heavenly!! I love the flavor of brown butter in any cookie, and then adding cream cheese sounds so delicious!

  10. Honestly Lisa-you select the best recipes on your Secret Recipe Club posts and this one is no exception-pinned!

  11. The combo of brown butter and cream cheese in these cookies sounds heavenly!

  12. I love the chewiness cream cheese gives to choco chip cookies... the browned butter sounds amazing!!

  13. Incredible! This is definitely going to be made, as soon as this heat spell is through!

  14. Beautiful cookies!! And what a great recipe for anyone with egg allergies!

  15. Yum. They sound amazing and what a great spin on a favorite!

  16. What a great recipe. Just genius to add the browned butter, Loved your opening paragraph explaining SRC. Great post.

  17. Love the idea of using cream cheese to replace eggs- great for people with allergies. And browned butter is never a bad idea. Yum!

  18. these cookies look wonderful and I would like try!

  19. I've never made cookies without eggs either but these look amazing!

  20. Baking without eggs, I'll have to keep this one on my list for friends with egg allergies (poor things). Personally I could totally rock the cream cheese and browned butter egg allergy or not.

  21. Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite thing ever, and these sound wonderful. Great SRC pick! I can't wait to try them.


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