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Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies

by Courtney on December 20, 2010

As you know, this holiday season has consisted of two pretty major cookie baking marathons with mi madre. :)

During both of those baking days, I had very important cookies to bake for a very special Cookie Swap!


And those cookies just so happen to be the ones that I’m finally about to share with you. ;)

As I found out earlier on Twitter, turns out these cookies ended up being quite a hit!



I must say, I was really surprised on how soft they remained, even after freezing them for almost 2 weeks. And it’s all thanks to this pretty lady:


Alas, as much as I would like to claim this recipe to be my own, it is the one and only Paula Deen who has once again struck gold with this fantastic recipe!

First, you’ll start out by mixing your butter and cream cheese. Yup, it’s a Paula Deen recipe, that’s for sure! ;)



Next, add in your egg and vanilla.


And beat until smooth.


Next, comes this bad boy. ;)


Beat the cake mix into the batter,



which will then turn out looking like this:


If you’re laughing right now, that is totally acceptable. My mom and I got a pretty good chuckle both times we made this dough; I mean, c’mon, really? Does it not look like…… :shock:

Once you’ve gotten a handle on your laughing fit, go ahead and cover the dough and place it in the fridge for about 2 hours. Don’t worry, it will still look just as fun a couple hours later. ;)


Now it’s time for the fun part!

Roll the chilled batter into balls and then roll them into in your confectioner’s sugar. *The original recipe says to roll into tablespoon sized balls – I did mine much smaller, just so I could get more “bang for my buck” – probably about 1/2 tablespoon.*


Make sure those little buggers get nice and coated!


Place ‘em all on an ungreased cookie sheet so they can start to work their magic. ;)


After about 12 minutes, you’ve got some cookies!


Ohhhhh, these are SO DARN GOOD. :-D They have got to be some of the softest, gooiest cookies I’ve ever made. And when I tell you that they’re just as soft and gooey two weeks later as they were on the day you baked them…well, I promise you, I’m not kidding.


And they actually kind of DO taste like chocolate donuts. I’m just sayin’… ;)


Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies

(Original recipe courtesy of Paula Deen)

(Makes 2-3 dozen, depending on size of cookies desired)


  • 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. ENJOY! :-P


I’m REALLY curious to see how these cookies would come out with different kinds of cake mixes…

-Gooey Pumpkin Spice Butter Cookies??

-Gooey Funfetti Butter Cookies??

Ohhh the possibilities! What would YOU want to try? ;)

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1 movesnmunchies December 20, 2010 at 8:07 am

i love the idea of using cake mix to make cookies-! i would have never thought of that… OH OH definitely the funfetti!


2 Nicole (Picky Nicky) December 20, 2010 at 8:11 am

Mmm, those sounds good! And if they really do taste like chocolate donuts, then I understand the deliciousness :) :)


3 Faith December 20, 2010 at 8:16 am

Mmm, the gooier the better! I think I’d stick with the chocolate though! But randomness…is it just me, or does Paula Deen’s smile creep anyone else out?


4 Tes December 20, 2010 at 8:30 am

These gooey cookies sound scrumptious :) They seem so perfect for the holiday :)


5 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun December 20, 2010 at 9:01 am

You know you’ll never go wrong with Paula! Although she sure does like her butter.


6 Amy @ Second City Randomness December 20, 2010 at 9:08 am

All hail Paula! She really knows her stuff!

You froze them for 2 weeks? Good to know- I have a hard time keeping cookies around if I can’t freeze them (because some definitely do not freeze well!).


7 Liz @ Blog is the New Black December 20, 2010 at 9:35 am

These look awesome, Courtney. Paula is no fool- the more butter, the better!


8 Lauren (Healthy Delicious) December 20, 2010 at 10:15 am

These were soooo good! (I think I liked them better before I knew what was in them though – hahaha ;)) And OMG funfetti!!!


9 Kristen @ That Hoosier Girl December 20, 2010 at 10:39 am

I think I’ve tried every kind of ooey gooey butter CAKE that Paula Deen has made, but to know now that there are cookies?! I don’t think I would need to freeze ‘em! ;)


10 withasideofhope December 20, 2010 at 10:44 am

These cookies look so good!


11 Katy December 20, 2010 at 10:44 am

Is it weird that I just read that entire post in my head with a Paula Dean accent? ;)

Looks delicious!


12 Shanna, like Banana December 20, 2010 at 10:55 am

I love me some chocolate donuts. Yum!

I only wish that it didn’t have cream cheese. I have a weird — yet strong — aversion to that stuff!


13 Courtney December 20, 2010 at 4:19 pm

You can’t even taste it…just forget it’s even there. ;)


14 Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) December 20, 2010 at 12:07 pm

Seriously… stick some glaze over those and they are chocolate glazed donuts in disguise!

I would love to try funfetti – funfetti donuts! Speaking of funfetti, I have a good one coming up tomorrow. :)


15 Yena December 20, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Those cookies look scrumptious – I have got to make some during the holidays! Thanks for sharing the recipe :)


16 vvvv December 20, 2010 at 6:00 pm

holiday cookie! i like chocolate


17 Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) December 20, 2010 at 6:50 pm

I’ve made those before and YES they are so good!!


18 CaSaundra December 21, 2010 at 8:06 am

Wow–you can just tell by the picture that these cookies are beyond moist–I may have to try this recipe out this week!


19 Lee @ College Foodie Finds December 22, 2010 at 9:36 pm

Oooohhh Paula Deen. The other day I was watching one of her shows and she made these brownies…Get ready….2 sticks on butter in the batter and then 1 more stick in the frosting!!


20 Courtney December 22, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Haha, yup…that sounds like Paula! :)


21 Sat Anlage December 31, 2010 at 3:28 pm

awesome blog, do you have twitter or facebook? i will bookmark this page thanks. jasmin holzbauer


22 Emmy December 23, 2011 at 11:44 pm

Just made these with red velvet cake mix and candy cane kisses in the middle! YUM!


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