Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies

Total Time:
2 hr 27 min
15 min
2 hr
12 min

2 dozen cookies

  • 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

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.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

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.

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    I normally won't touch boxed mixes, but I love these! The key is to slightly under-bake them. If you bake them all the way, they are just okay. If you under-bake them a bit, so they are soft, they are delicious! They are very fast and easy, perfect for when you want a little something to satisfy that sweet tooth. I roll mine in sugar before baking. It adds a nice crunch. You could also do powdered sugar or sanding sugar, of course.
    Print extra copies of this recipe because everybody will want it. All time favorite. Paula you did it again girl.
    I've made these in different varieties ... chocolate, lemon, spice (spice cake mix), red velvet, and lemon. All were delicious. Especially love the lemon. I think I'll try chocolate again wit peanut butter chips, or the lemon with some white chocolate chips.
    Loved it! Am going to try lemon w/confectioners sugar and later german chocolate with coconut instead of confectioners sugar. Thanks!
    Very easy and a huge hit! Everyone loved them!!!
    Easy and declicious!!
    Great cookie! Wouldn't really consider it gooey but more cake like. The taste is awesome. Definitely buy a fudgy cake mix.
    very good> i added chopped pecans and they were even better
    Awesome cookie very moist and tasty
    Made these for a bake sale and won't be bringing them. That's how disappointing they are. Not even my 4 year old got excited about these. I followed the recipe to a T and the cookies were bland and didn't taste very chocolaty. Tasted more like bland, manufactured chocolate -- which I guess is to be expected when a boxed cake mix is in the ingredient list. I used Betty Crocker Super Moist Chocolate Fudge cake mix. A waste of ingredients.
    You might be one of those people who just hates the taste of cake mix, but also the problem could be that you over-baked them (or rather, that you didn't under-bake them.) If you bake them like you would a normal cookie, they are meh. If you under-bake them a bit, so they are very soft, they are amazing! (In my opinion anyway, and I do not normally touch boxed mix stuff.) I roll them in sugar before baking. A lot of sugar. It adds a nice crunch.
    These cookies are amazing! They were my husbands request and now they are my favorite to make because it is so easy! I was able to make 3 dozen with this recipe. I made mine bite size and they turned out perfect. I'm making them again today! YUMM!!!
    These cookies are awesome and super easy to make. They cook up in no time and stay chewy for days after baking. I've made these cookies many times and the first time I made them I didn't have a hand mixer, so I had to use a fork to mash everything up - but it worked!
    These are so yummy and easy! I made them with my 3 yr old daughter using a strawberry cake mix. She loved the "pink cookies"! They're also good with lemon cake mix. This is a go-to recipe in our house!
    One of the few cookies I can make with the term "gooey" that actually stay that way. Very good and easy to make.
    This recipe has been around for at least 48 years. These are called Chocolate Crinkles, and they are less "gooey" and more like a fudge brownie. These cookies are best eaten within a couple of days, or frozen to keep them chewy. I made these out of one of my first cook books, the Betty Crocker's Cooky Book. It is a fantastic cook book that has tons of pictures and all of the recipes were proofed - - both things, of which, are rare even for today.
    So fun and easy to make, I loved em. So did my family!!! Thanks Paula :]
    I thought these were a little bland. But I was expecting a rich chocolate flavor. However, everyone at the party LOVED them. And not one was left. They liked them because they were light and easy to eat. I found that the people who normally don't eat sweets or desserts loved them (because they are so light tasting. They are SUPER easy to make. I plan on making them again, but adding mini chocolate chips to half the batter to boost the flavor some.
    These are amazing. My colleagues and I refer to them as "chocolate doughnut cookies" because they have the same texture as those mini doughnuts from when you were a kid. I'm basically instructed to bring these to every potluck or event that we have.
    Paula Deen and anything gooey is amazing!
    These were non-descript. Even my kids thought that they were just "OK".
    I made these for my daughters teachers and they were a hit! I'm making more for my neighbors this Christmas. Thank you for the recipe :
    I make these cookies every year for Christmas and New Year's. They always turn out perfectly. It an easy recipe to follow and the cookies are delicious!!!
    Look pretty. Taste like miniature brownies. Not sweet and as said before cake like. Will make these again. Also added tiny choc chip. Loved them. Thank you Paula.
    This doesn't taste like a cookie,it tastes like cake.I added a little peanut butter kind of tasltless.The tsxture is cake.
    This is a great easy recipe! I'm a chocolate lover so I would prefer it to be richer but I see this as more of a crowd pleaser, not too sweet, not too chocolatey but somewhere in between. I added semisweet chocolate chips, a pinch of salt and a couple tablespoons of sugar though based on other reviews and I think that was essential. I also topped them with a green and a red m&m to make them look more festive for the holidays. Definitely bake only 11-12 mins, max. Only don't get 5 stars cause the recipe could be better with some minor changes.
    These are wonderful, easy cookies to make. I use a cookie scoop and they turn out great. I think of them more as a little brownie cookie and brought them today for a cookie exchange at work...that's how much my family likes them!!
    These cookies are wonderful. I thought they would be dense, but they aren't at all. Light and airy and if you get the right chocolate cake mix, they come out delicious. We liked these cookies so much that I had to make a second batch. Perfect cookies anytime, but I made them for Christmas. 
    Helpful hint: dust your hands with powder sugar before you roll dough in your hands. It will keep the cookies from sticking to the palms of your hands.
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