Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

The 3rd time I ever did a big freezer cooking day, one of the recipes on my list was a delightful discovery. I knew right away that I needed to tuck it away for Christmas so that when the holiday season rolled around, I could whip it up in triple batches and spread the love.

That time is now. Let me introduce you to Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Coffee Cake. Sweet, moist, and decadent. And it goes incredibly well with coffee.

Here's what you'll need:

Milk (I used whole because it was on hand, but 1% or 2% will do), vanilla extract, chocolate chips, baking powder, flour, butter, cream cheese, sugar, eggs, and salt.

You may also feel like you need a pretty apron--I wore the super cute one I just received in the mail from Mint Julep Monograms! I won it in a giveaway hosted by Mandi at It's Come 2 This (thanks, ladies!).

First, mix together the sugar, butter, cream cheese, and eggs (in the pictures I really am making a triple batch, so don't freak out when you see all that butter) .

Sidenote: I'm using the handheld mixer my mom used when I was a little girl--she passed it on to me. It's a Sears Counter Craft, and it's still running. They don't make them like they used to. 

Of course, you may feel free to use your fancy Kitchen Aid mixer, if you must. ;)

Beat until creamy.

Then add the vanilla, salt, and baking powder.

Then add the flour in a bit at a time, mixing as you go.

Here is is with all the flour mixed in...it's nice and thick.

Next add the milk. It may not require the full amount of milk--the goal is to have a creamy batter (as shown)...not a dripping one! Doesn't it look lovely?

Glorious chocolate goes in next.

Pour the batter into bread pans, filling 1/2 full (I greased and floured mine first and the bread came out soooo easily when it was done). If you like, you can add a cinnamon and sugar topping at this point (1/4 cup sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon). I decided against it, since the bread is sweet as is and the topping is very crumbly after the bread is baked...I was going for the less messy version here.

Bake at 350 for 50-55 minutes (or 30-35 minutes for the mini loaves). One batch makes two regular sized loaves or 3-4 mini loaves.

One of my mini loaves just out of the oven.
Enjoy! We are wrapping up our mini-loaves and delivering them to some of our neighbors. In other words, they will love us for life. :)

Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Coffee Cake
Original recipe from coffeeworks.blogs.com.

1/2 cup butter
8 oz cream cheese (I used a combination of regular cream cheese and 1/3 less fat cream cheese)
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup milk
6 oz chocolate chips

Optional topping:
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

Cream together sugar, butter, cream cheese, and eggs. Add vanilla, salt, and baking powder, while mixing. Add flour in bit by bit, mixing as you go, keeping the mixture smooth. Add milk (may not require full amount of milk...you want a creamy dough, not a drippy dough). Then fold in the chocolate chips. Pour into greased and floured baking pans (1/2 full). Bake at 350 for 50-55 minutes (or 30-35 minutes for mini loaves). Loaves are done when the top is golden brown and/or a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Yields 2 loaves (or 3-4 mini loaves).

***Printable Recipe***

Linked to Tasty Tuesday, Tuesdays At The Table, Delicious Dishes, Works For Me Wednesday, and Tempt My Tummy Tuesday.


  1. Gonna have to try this, my two favorite ingredients---cream cheese and chocolate!!!!

  2. It looks beautiful! You should sell these!

  3. Yum, yum, yum! I have been waiting for this since the 5,683 reasons post! It looks wonderful and the photos are great!

    PS I came to your blog from lovedlikethechurch and have really enjoyed it!

  4. Thanks ladies!

    Janel, they are definitely two of my fav ingredients!! And butter. I love butter.

    Candi, I think selling these would be fun...but I'm trying to think of a venue. :D

    Katie, nice to meet you! Thanks for your compliment on the photos--I've been working on improving my photo shooting and editing...with my little 5 megapixel point and shoot camera. :)

  5. You had me at Chocolate Chip. And Cream Cheese. And Coffee Cake. :)

  6. I've bookmarked this one - your chocolate chip cream cheese coffee cake looks wonderful. I love batch cooking - and how wonderful it freezes too!

  7. I feel like reading a book with a cup of tea and a slice of your chocolate chip cream cheese coffee cake ("five C-cake"). MMMMmmmmmm!!!!!
    Love Amelie

  8. I don't know what had me first: chocolate chip, cream cheese or coffee cake! Holy smokes that's a lot of goodness in one place! :)

  9. Oh my... I cant wait to try this. Thanks for sharing!

  10. I love recipes that make 2 ! one for keeping & one for sharing LOL

  11. My hand mixer is about 25 years old too - works like a charm. They sure don't make them like that any more! The coffee cake looks heavenly!

  12. I will have to try this one. Yum! And I will use my KitchenAid mixer. But you're right, they don't make things like they used to. My in-laws toaster oven is still working after 35 years! and ours went kaput after 5 years.

  13. i bookmarked it to. cant wait to try it. i have everything on hand but the cream cheese. so will be making this after my next grocery shop.

    thanks for sharing

  14. Sounds great. I'm thinking this base would be great with blueberries instead of (or in addition to) the chocolate chips. Guess what the guests might be having for breakfast this weekend?

  15. Made this in a bundt pan for a family gathering on Christmas Eve. RAVE review...thank you so much for sharing this wonderful simple recipe.

  16. Gloria--YAY!!!! I gave a loaf to an uncle and he ate it in one sitting...:O

  17. oh.my.goodness. This looks AWESOME! Just found your blog and love the recipes! God bless!

  18. Looks divine!!! Just wanted to let you know that I am starting a new weekly linky party on Jan 7th called Fun w/ Food Friday. If you have time, I would LOVE for you to come link up some of your delicious recipes!


  19. OMGosh...YUMMY!! I have bookmarked this to try later! Thanks so much for sharing!

  20. oh wow! I made this last night but used white chocolate chips and fresh cranberries. I topped it with brown sugar streusel and it was GREAT! I will post it soon! THanks for such a yummy recipe!

  21. Elizabeth, thanks for sharing your results! Sounds DIVINE with white chocolate chips and cranberries....

  22. What a gorgeous bread! What a gorgeous blog! So excited to have discovered you through A Whisk and a Pray. :-)

  23. This looks REALLY good.....I'm definitely going to have to try it!

  24. do you happen to have dentures? i'm just wondering..

  25. Anonymous, I must say, you're the 1st person to ever ask me that! :D
    No, no dentures here. At least, not yet.

  26. Thank you for this recipe Alicia! I made it last night and brought a loaf in to work and it is not even 10 am and it is gone :) Mine did not rise very good but it still tastes SO GOOD, next time I make it I'll have to figure out what I did wrong.


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