Chocolate gooey butter cookies

Paula Deen

Makes: 2 dozen

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Confectioner’s sugar, for dusting
  • 1   (18 ounce) box moist chocolate cake mix
  • 1   (8-ounce) brick cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1   egg
  • 1   stick of butter, room temperature

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Beat in the egg. Then beat in the vanilla extract. Beat in the cake mix. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours to firm up so that you can roll the batter into balls. Roll the chilled batter into tablespoon sized balls and then roll them in confectioner’s sugar. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart. Bake 12 minutes. The cookies will remain soft and gooey. Cool completely and sprinkle with more confectioners’ sugar, if desired.

*Chef’s note: These cookies are pretty great for coming from a box. Some reviews said they tasted like cake mix, so I added a half teaspoon more each vanilla and salt to the dark chocolate mix I bought, and they tasted great to me. Nuts, chocolate chips, melted chocolate, etc. for would probably be great for added freshness and/or sweetness. But they really were the perfect easy, festive treat to bring to my office Christmas party (and there were no cookies left over). They were more cakey than gooey, and you need to really roll them fully in the sugar for the prettiest result.

View these treats and more at the Sweets for a Saturday link party on the Sweet as Sugar Cookies blog!

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2 Comments to “Chocolate gooey butter cookies”

  1. I’d be in chocolate heaven eating those cookies. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog till Monday night and I’d love it if you’d stop by and link your cookies up. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2011/12/sweets-for-saturday-50.html

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