Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies

Yes... it's 12:05 AM, Thursday morning, and I just finished baking some Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies. I started the recipe around 8:15 p.m.... but the dough had to chill for 2 hours before I'm finally done.

I was watching Food Network one day, and saw this recipe. It sounded different... and easy... so I thought I would give it a try. Now... the main ingredient is a chocolate cake mix... and since that is something that is never on my pantry shelf... had to run to the store to buy one.

Here's the recipe:

1 (8-ounce) brick cream cheese, room temperature
1 stick butter, at room temperature
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (18-ounce) box moist chocolate cake mix
Confectioners' sugar, for dusting

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

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.

And here are the results... although the boys were eating them just about as fast as they were coming out of the oven. So in the words of Martha, "that's a good thing".

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And they really do "melt in your mouth".


Melinda said…
they do look good!

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