So if we are talking favorite dessert, like end-of-the-road dessert…

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… mine would be cheesecake.

I’m not even that picky over the flavor or style – it’s just the cheesecake in general. Probably a mix between the decadent richness of the treat with is also being creamy and many times… chocolatey. I don’t even care if it’s plain because I just love how it tastes. Every single thing about cheesecake: I’m all over it.  How many times have I told you this? A billion and one, probably. 

It’s one of the desserts that I’m also almost always in the mood for. Cake only sounds good to me sometimes. Cookies sound good to me most times. Cheesecake sounds good all the time. It’s just my THING. Or thang.

[But wait, what doesn’t sound good to me every second of every day?]

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Since I complicate everything, of course, instead of making plain old cheesecake, I made a cookie that tastes like some instead. I mean, come on. I made cheesecake (sort of) last week so I couldn’t be that boring. Plus, you don’t need to eat these little suckers with a spoon. It’s like fudgy cheesecake in a portable treat.

The thing about these cookies is that they aren’t THAT sweet. I will never get why most of you prefer desserts that don’t make your teeth hurt, given that I have the sweetest teeth ever. But whatever. Think of chocolate cheesecake – these sort of taste like that. Just as described. Shocking – considering that’s their name. The glaze on top is a sweet mascarpone that I want to consume with a spoon daily. That’s really where this whole idea came from because I just can’t stop with the darn mascarpone. I want it on everything in my life. Can’t get enough.

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Can’t stop won’t stop.

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Double Chocolate Cheesecake Cookies

Yield: makes about 20 cookies

Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 cup loosely packed brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
8 ounces cream cheese, cold and cut into cubes
1 large egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup milk chocolate chips

mascarpone glaze
4 ounces mascarpone cheese, softened
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together butter and sugar until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add in the cream cheese and beat until combined (it's okay if small clumps form), then beat in the egg yolk and vanilla extract. With the mixer on low speed, beat in the dry ingredients until combined. Use a spatula to stir in the chocolate chips.

Refrigerate the dough for 10 to 15 minutes, just until it's slightly less sticky and easier to roll into balls. Roll into golf-ball sized balls and place about 2 inches apart on a nonstick baking sheet. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the cookies are set. Let cool completely before covering in the glaze.

mascarpone glaze
Whisk together all the ingredients until smooth and creamy. Use a spoon or spatula to spread the glaze on the cookies or use a pastry bag (I did!) to pipe it across.

[adapted from these milk chocolate cookies]

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98 Responses to “Double Chocolate Cheesecake Cookies.”

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — August 9, 2013 @ 6:54 am

    Love your Fridays! I have all of the ingredients, so these are a must make this weekend! I love cheesecake, love chocolate and love cookies. Yummers!!! Can’t wait to make them. Have a great weekend!

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    Tracy | Peanut Butter And Onion — August 9, 2013 @ 7:03 am

    Its been awhile since I’ve seen cookies here… YAAAAy I love your cookies. I thought maybe you had gone all healthy on us..;)

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    Jess — August 9, 2013 @ 7:05 am

    So these sound amazing… That’s pretty much all I have to say. Love cheesecake, love cookies, love chocolate. Perfect!

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    Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl — August 9, 2013 @ 7:14 am

    I’m a cheesecake person too and these look absolutely fabulous!!!!!!!!

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    Belinda @themoonblushbaker — August 9, 2013 @ 7:35 am

    The mascarpone icing is such a lovely addition. Some times I can not be bothered with a cheesecake(yes I am that lazy) but at least I can makes these. Nothing better than easy easy cookies

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    Melissa — August 9, 2013 @ 7:49 am

    Wow, this look so, so good! I’m such a big fan of cheesecake and these definitely fit the bill.. what better than a cookie that TASTES like cheesecake?!

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    bridget {bake at 350} — August 9, 2013 @ 7:53 am

    *siiiiigh*

    I {heart} mascarpone. (< I say it just like Giada in my head.) ;)

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    • Holly B — August 9th, 2013 @ 8:47 am

      I am dying over here because I say mascarpone just like Giada in my head, too. When it comes out my mouth, not so much…

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      • Jessica — August 9th, 2013 @ 9:21 am

        so do i!

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — August 9, 2013 @ 7:55 am

    Yep, cheesecake is my end-all-be-all.
    And these cookies are a close second.

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    Heather @ Sugar Dish Me — August 9, 2013 @ 7:56 am

    I am a TOTAL cheesecake junkie! And in cookie form? I’ll have a stack of those. Thanks. Can’t wait to try that mascarpone glaze!!!!!

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    Lauren @ The Highlands Life — August 9, 2013 @ 8:03 am

    That fussy bite out of the last picture sealed the deal for me. Yum.

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    Tieghan — August 9, 2013 @ 8:04 am

    I am just now learning to like cheesecake, but I am thinking i would LOVE these cookies. They look so chocolatey and soft and moist and just plain awesome!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — August 9, 2013 @ 8:10 am

    Sweet goodness! I want these cookies NOW! At 8am on a big plate….love it!

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    Kim in MD — August 9, 2013 @ 8:11 am

    I love cheesecake and cookies, so these are a win/win for me-yum!

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    Simply Life — August 9, 2013 @ 8:23 am

    oh these look like they are the PERFECT texture!

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    Jenna — August 9, 2013 @ 8:35 am

    How gooey and delish!!!

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    Simone — August 9, 2013 @ 8:51 am

    It is really hard to stick to my “I’m not baking any more this week!” [after making coffee cake, Dinosaur shaped cake – yellow cake with butter cream frosting- and cracker jack chocolate chunk cookies] when you post things like this!

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    • Jessica — August 9th, 2013 @ 9:21 am

      that cake sounds so cute!

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    David @ From Ballparks to BBQ — August 9, 2013 @ 9:01 am

    These look phenomenal.

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    Laurie E. — August 9, 2013 @ 9:03 am

    As usual, these pictures are fantastic. LOVE the milk glasses in the photos. That just takes it over the top. WAY over the top, into some kind of cookie n’ milk bliss.

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    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — August 9, 2013 @ 9:09 am

    these look to-die-for delish jessica!!! Must try!!!

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    Becky @ A Calculated Whisk — August 9, 2013 @ 9:10 am

    Your blog is my FAVE! I’m doing a whole30 and eating paleo this month, so it’s kind of sweet torture to read your posts, but I wouldn’t miss them!!!

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    • Jessica — August 9th, 2013 @ 9:21 am

      thank you so much for reading!

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    Karly — August 9, 2013 @ 9:28 am

    Cheesecake is my thang, too. And in cookie form? Heck yeah. Bring it on.

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    allie@sweetpotatobites — August 9, 2013 @ 9:32 am

    cheesecake cookies? definitely intrigued!

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    Maria — August 9, 2013 @ 9:39 am

    Girl, why did I just read this post? Now I NEED to bake cookies! Like right now!

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    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — August 9, 2013 @ 10:03 am

    honestly, this is just offensive. and by offensive, I mean flippin’ amaaaazing. I need these!!! like, 2 minutes ago.

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    tracy {pale yellow} — August 9, 2013 @ 10:07 am

    Brownies and cookies are probably my go-to desserts where I can’t say no. Cheesecake is something I really need to be in the mood for, but these cookies look like something I could eat anytime!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 9, 2013 @ 10:11 am

    I recently baked cream cheese into cookies rather than using as much butter and was so happy with the results and now I see these. Whoa. They are stunners! All that melted chocolate just oozing from the middle and then the mascarpone swirls are the literal icing on the cake :) Pinned!

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    Annie @ Annie's City Kitchen — August 9, 2013 @ 10:16 am

    DYING. I don’t even have any other words.

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    Lindsey (Lou Lou Biscuit) — August 9, 2013 @ 10:24 am

    I could eat cheesecake any time of day for any occasion! These cookies look like the perfect example of the best of both worlds. Both cookie and cheesecake! Nicely done.

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    Boni — August 9, 2013 @ 10:36 am

    Holy cow! You had me at mascarpone and chocolate! I wonder if I can leave work early to go make some! : )

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    Christina — August 9, 2013 @ 10:39 am

    Yay a new cookie recipe! These look so decadent, I love cheesecake too.

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    Joelle (on a pink typewriter) — August 9, 2013 @ 11:34 am

    These look incredible!!!!!!!

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    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — August 9, 2013 @ 12:51 pm

    Cheesecake is my favorite dessert ever! Cheesecake + chocolate + cookies?? Oh, yes!! :)

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    Larry — August 9, 2013 @ 1:09 pm

    I could probably eat about, 10 of these right now. Especially if they were warm. OMG and some milk. YES PLEASE RIGHT NOW.

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    Nicole @ youngbrokeandhungry.com — August 9, 2013 @ 2:06 pm

    I hate cheesecake ever since I worked in a gourmet cheesecake store for a year and binged on it. BUT! These cookies I can get behind.

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    Amber — August 9, 2013 @ 2:43 pm

    Ha, mostly loved the Miley reference.. it seems fitting.

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    Shana Norris — August 9, 2013 @ 3:31 pm

    I’d never have thought of combining cookie & cheesecake. Yum! Oh, and chocolate. Can’t for get the chocolate :)

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    Merideth — August 9, 2013 @ 4:12 pm

    Ah I am in love with cheesecake, too! We are having it at our wedding instead of cake with a toppings bar to “trash it up”!

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    Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen — August 9, 2013 @ 5:36 pm

    You can never have enough Cheese Cake! These cookies look killer good!

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    Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts — August 9, 2013 @ 6:00 pm

    Cheesecake is totally my favorite dessert too – I am always in the mood for it! annnnd these look so fabulous, definitely need to make them this weekend..

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    Bill — August 9, 2013 @ 6:55 pm

    Combining a chocolate cookie and cheesecake is a stroke of genius. These cookies look delicious! Great post and beautiful photos.

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    Melissa @ Treats With a Twist — August 9, 2013 @ 9:12 pm

    Oh I need that glaze in my life! Especially the way you squiggled it. Love that.
    I made cheesecake cookies this week too!! Mine were peanut butter and fig. But cheesecake is cheesecake. Its all good. Now I wish I had added gobs of chocolate to mine! And mascarpone. I want ALL THE FLAVORS!! ;)

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    Renee @ Awesome on $20 — August 9, 2013 @ 11:35 pm

    I’m totally down with a portable cheesecake disguised as a cookie. It’s like the Superman of desserts. Yum!

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    Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg — August 10, 2013 @ 7:20 am

    Chocolate and cheesecake in the same dessert – oh yeah! These look amazing!

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    Sophie — August 10, 2013 @ 7:30 am

    How is it without mascarpone frosting?

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    chelsey — August 10, 2013 @ 9:54 am

    Oh my gosh! I am making these next week!! how long should these be able to last outside of the fridge? Do you keep them at room temperature?

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    Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com — August 10, 2013 @ 11:18 am

    Oh wow – what a great tip – I have never used cream cheese in a cookie before – these look so so good!

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    Lauren — August 10, 2013 @ 3:54 pm

    These look amazing!!!

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    Amanda - Leap of Taste — August 10, 2013 @ 5:27 pm

    What? Stop it. Cannot handle these. I need to eat them every day.

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    Megan — August 10, 2013 @ 9:04 pm

    Well, I guess we must differ on some tastes…cheesecake I can pass up, it’s CAKE that gets me…EVERY.TIME.

    HOWEVER, because you have never put out a bad recipe, I’m sure I’d still like to devour these, and I’d somehow equate them to cake with frosting…you rock!

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    Christina Gathright — August 10, 2013 @ 9:26 pm

    Girl my thighs are crying looking at these cookies! That mascarpone drizzle on top! These cookies are insane in the best way possible!

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