Brown Butter Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

Brown Butter Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies a delicious mouthful. | Kristine's Kitchen

Last week we celebrated my birthday. Usually I would make some sort of cake or cupcakes to celebrate, but since I’m following my low-carb diet I decided not to. As the day went on, though, I started thinking about Julia and how she was going to think Mommy’s birthday isn’t much fun at all, with no cake or presents. (I’d already treated myself to a new wallet and had received my other gifts before my birthday.)

That leads us to these cookies. I thought Julia and I could have some fun together after school baking them, and then we put a candle in one after dinner to sing, “Happy Birthday.” So, I made myself birthday cookies, but mainly for Julia since I shouldn’t be eating them (although I did have a taste- it was my birthday, after all).

Brown Butter Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies a delicious mouthful. | Kristine's Kitchen

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The cookies are really good, and have more of a cake-like texture than your typical cookie. I think my favorite part is that when you bite into one, you see pretty little flecks from the browned butter throughout the inside of the cookie. Hey, when you can’t eat the food, you have to really enjoy the looks of it. 🙂 Let me tell you it was quite the challenge not to eat one of these as I was photographing the cookies the next day.

Brown Butter Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies a delicious mouthful. | Kristine's Kitchen

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Brown Butter Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Makes about 2 dozen large, bakery-sized cookies


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cups brown sugar
  • 3/4 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips


  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan until brown and set it aside to cool. Be sure to watch it carefully and stir it often to be sure it doesn’t burn.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. Cream the butter, cream cheese, and both sugars together with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the eggs and beat until combined.
  4. With the mixer on low speed, add in the flour mixture and mix until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Cover the dough and refrigerate until chilled, several hours or overnight.
  6. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll 1/4 cup size balls of dough and place them on the baking sheets. Flatten slightly. Bake for 9-12 minutes, until the edges are golden.

Source: Slightly adapted from Becky Bakes.

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