Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies

Total Time:
2 hr 27 min
Prep:
15 min
Inactive:
2 hr
Cook:
12 min

Yield:
2 dozen cookies
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 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
Directions

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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ooey gooey chocolaty deliciousness. Made these for Christmas dessert. Huge hit! Everyone wanted the recipe. I don't eat sweets and even I had to eat one; they were that sinfully good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe! I use it for almost any occasion and they are usually a big hit! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Print extra copies of this recipe because everybody will want it. All time favorite. Paula you did it again girl. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved it! Am going to try lemon w/confectioners sugar and later german chocolate with coconut instead of confectioners sugar. Thanks! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy and a huge hit! Everyone loved them!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy and declicious!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great cookie! Wouldn't really consider it gooey but more cake like. The taste is awesome. Definitely buy a fudgy cake mix. item not reviewed by moderator and published
very good> i added chopped pecans and they were even better item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome cookie very moist and tasty item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yummy item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Amazing item not reviewed by moderator and published
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!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
One of the few cookies I can make with the term "gooey" that actually stay that way. Very good and easy to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
So fun and easy to make, I loved em. So did my family!!! Thanks Paula :] item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Paula Deen and anything gooey is amazing! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were non-descript. Even my kids thought that they were just "OK". item not reviewed by moderator and published
YUMMY!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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 : item not reviewed by moderator and published
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!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This doesn't taste like a cookie,it tastes like cake.I added a little peanut butter kind of tasltless.The tsxture is cake. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used devil food cake mix, and it was only like 15 oz (a smaller box that what the recipe calls for. It came out PERFECTLY. Like hot chocolate cookies. Best. Thing. Ever. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These cookies are delicious ... but why do they direct us to preheat the oven BEFORE we chill the dough for two hours? Lol - I know I'm just being picky ... but you never know what people will do. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Meh. Not chewey. Not very tasty. Very disappointing. I normally need to bake cookies several minutes longer than stated time in recipes. Baked first batch 12 min. as directed - cookies were very dry and cake like. Undercooked the next batch and although they seemed moister when they came out of the oven, they cooled to the same dry, light texture. Was hoping for chewy/dense based on the name of the recipe "gooey butter cookies." As other reviewers have said - prefer chocolate crinkles from scratch. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I didn't really like these. Make sure that you use a cake mix that you love the flavor of by itself, because they taste exactly like the cake mix. cake cookies. I much prefer the chocolate crinkles and these are just as much work, minus melting the chocolate squares. Im only giving it two stars because they weren't horrible, but they definitely were not worth the effort. They taste like cake, but not as good. Trust me. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these yesterday with Devil's Food cake & they came out really good. I put them in powdered sugar after they cooled. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just loved them. We added Andes mint chips . item not reviewed by moderator and published
5 stars with how I made it! I read the reviews and this is what I did: 1. added 1/2c of sugar to the crm. cheese and butter 2. added white chocolate chips to the entire batter 3. put in fridge for only an hour 4. put confect. sugar on my hands, rolled the balls (no sticking! 5. rolled in red sugar then in the confec. sugar 6. after they cooled I sprinkled w/confect. sugar Absolutely yummy! We love them!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I will be making these today, but I found the mixture to be very hard to mix, it kept clogging up the beaters, so I had to end up using a wooden spoon to mix it. I hope they come out right. I'm making these for some special needs children. After I make them I'll come back with another review. If there is anyone that had the same problem please let me know what I did wrong. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love these! I made them for my homeroom party and they were gone in a second! I made them two days in advance and those two days in the refrigerator did them justice. They could use some chocolate chips and salt though. item not reviewed by moderator and published
How well would this do with Devils Food Cake mix? Is it any different than normal chocolate cake? I have made these before and they are WONDERFUL!!! They are now a normal addition to our christmas cookie list. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We made these for our cookie exchange and they were a big hit. The changes we made were as follows, using a red velvet cake mix which worked well for Christmas. My daughter rolled them in red sprinkles, used a baby spoon to make a well in the center, added rectangular multicolored sprinkles and then baked them. Not only delish but gorgeous Christmas cookies. One thing to keep in mind that I didn't see upfront was the dough needs to be refrigerated for about an hour. That actually worked out creatively. Another keeper. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These cookies are chewy, moist, chocolatey, easy and everybody loves them. Don't bake them longer than 12 min though, or they go from chewy to crunchy (unless, of course, you like them that way. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These cookies are amazing!!! SO good!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband really liked these but he is not much of a sweets eater. I thought they were pretty good, they needed something more, like chocolate chips or something crunchy. You definitely need to cover them in the powdered sugar and sprinkle more on top after. I will probably make them again but will add coconut or chocolate chips. item not reviewed by moderator and published
MY FAVORITE COOKIES EVER! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Those were the best chocolate cookies I've ever had! I generally don't care for much chocolate. I loved that they weren't really as sweet as you think they would be..Paula rocked it once again!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are the easiest cookies to make! I have to bake them when my kids are at their sport team practices or they are gone as soon as the come out of the oven! After reading many of the comments below, I have some great ideas for this year! Can't wait to try some new combinations! item not reviewed by moderator and published
huh. I just can't figure out why this got so many 4-5 star ratings. The cookies were definately moist, easy to make and pretty (looks like snow!. Unfortunately, the flavor was pretty blah. Not very chocolatey despite using "dark chocolate" cake mix. The confectioner's sugar was either absorbed into the cookie or not a strong enough flavor to taste it. The only way I would consider this recipe again would be if I put a lot of chocolate chips in it or dunked them in chocolate after baking. I certainly would choose to make other cookies before trying these again, though. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This cookie has become one of my Christmas cookie staples.....because they are so easy, they are perfect for cookie exchanges. I've also tried using a strawberry cake mix and a lemon cake mix on different occasions. Both were equally delicious...with a strawberry (or lemon cheesecake flavor. Hint....do not overcook these! As soon as the timer goes off, pull them out! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I LOVE these cookies!! They are super easy to make and I have made them with both devil's food cake mix and red velvet cake mix. Both a hit. I have yet to find a person that does not like these. Great for taking to parties or cookie exchanges! I will make these over and over for years to come. Thanks Paula!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Another great recipe Paula! These cookies are so moist they just melt in your mouth. I was reading some other reviews of this recipe and decided to add peanut butter and chocolate chips and the taste is amazing. Definitely will be making again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was delicious, I added peanut butter as well. It made them more moist and flavorful... Don't add too much though. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are my new favorite cookies! Only modification I made was to add milk chocolate chips. They are soooo good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe and have used it with many different flavor profiles. We went apple picking today so we had to try and work them into this recipe. I substituted yellow cake mix, applesauce for the cream cheese ( use a cup of apple sauce, but let it strain through some cheesecloth to remove some of the moisture and cinnamon for the vanilla. I added a 1/2 cup oatmeal for texture and grated an apple (wring out the moisture into the mix. No need to refrigerate, I just made these as drop cookies and drizzled with a little caramel. These were gone in an hour and I have requests for another batch tomorrow. item not reviewed by moderator and published
these were absolutely deeeelish! what an EASY recipe! Chocolatey and gooey awesomeness! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Out of this world delicious! Our favorite cookie recipe. These are easy to make and are delicious with with many varieties of cake mixes. My husband loves this recipe with Devil's Food Cake - tastes like a little doughnut...so yummy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious cookies! I make them several times a year. I add a bag of shredded coconut to the recipe and they're even better. If you like coconut, give it a shot :- item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are wonderful. I used reduced fat cream cheese, didnt re-sprinkle with sugar, but used real butter. I also stuck the bowl in the freezer for 20 mins and it was cold enough to roll. These are ingredients I always have on hand, so these will be made again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These taste like heaven in a cookie. The especially taste good when you eat them while they are warm. I love this recipe cause it doesn't require allot of ingredients and they don't take long to bake. Instead of putting the dough in the fridge for two hours, I left it in there for 1 hour and they still came out delicious. One day I will make these but with vanilla cake mix, so excited!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just love Paula Deen and this recipe. It's so easy to make and so yummy! Will make again and again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the snack I have been waiting for my whole life. If you like chocolate donuts you'll love this recipe. I used a 15.5 oz cake mix. Thought they were all the same but now I know. Recipe was still delicious. Absolutely love Paula Deen. Have never tried a recipe by her and been disappointed. Always truly happy. Try her apple butter pumpkin pie. To die for! item not reviewed by moderator and published
excellent recipe. i'm a dark chocolate fan myself, and i've found that using a dark chocolate pudding cake mix is great. i've made this many times, and my favorite version so far is adding 1 to 2 teaspoons of instant espresso powder (beat in with the butter and cream cheese, a pinch of extra salt and half a bag of dark chocolate chips for texture, and i bake them in the oven at 400F for 8.5 minutes. the inside is still gooey, but the sugar on the outside gets a little crunchy, which is awesome! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Well, I had high hopes for these cookies. I used to love Gooey Butter Cake that we got in St. Louis. However, these are just missing something. I think they probably need more sugar, as the cream cheese is not sweetened, but they just don't taste anything like what I was expecting. I might try them again, but the recipe definitely needs adjusting somehow. item not reviewed by moderator and published
excellent, easy and my family loved them made with lemon cake mix as well item not reviewed by moderator and published
These little bites of deliciousness are my family and co-workers favorite. I have used several different kinds of cake mixes and put various glazes on top and they all turn out wonderful. I love Paula and her show gives me hope that someday I could have a bakery of my own and maybe even a kitchen like hers. ; item not reviewed by moderator and published
we tried this with orange cake mix and orange extract....absolutely delicious! trying with lemon cake mix next...yumm! item not reviewed by moderator and published
OMG they are too easy and too delicious. I could eat them everyday............. I just may do that ! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The absolute BEST!! My whole families FAVORITE....... Not very Sweet, but beware, THEY DO NOT LAST.. I usually make a double batch. Addicting!!!! Leave it to Paula..... item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this cookies last Christmas for Carefree Senior Living-Natomas Area in Sacramento CA and Boy!!! It was a "HIT" and won $$$$ for Cookie Contest Too! LOL Thank you Paula! Helen, Sacramento CA item not reviewed by moderator and published
i made them for my 7th grade class and they adored them item not reviewed by moderator and published
Everytime I make these cookies I hear "these are the best cookies I ever tasted". Little do they know how easy they are (he he Thanks Paula :0 We Love you !! item not reviewed by moderator and published
LOVE these!! They are good even if you accidently overcook them! I made them for a Christmas Cookie Swap and they were a hit! Thank you Paula Deen!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These cookies are delicious! I love that that they're not too sweet. I even got one of my friends who doesn't eat desserts to love them. Thanks Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made these cookies using a yellow cake mix and they were excellent. My 10 year old son said they taste like the little powdered donuts you get in the white bag. ; Then I tried it using a chocolate cake mix and I didn't like them as much, however in fairness I cooked them a little longer. Therefore I think that was my error, because they weren't really gooey. I feel it is a great recipe, try it using a vanilla cake mix as well. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm made the Martha Stewart version of these before (from her Everyday Food magazine which are from scratch so perhaps my expectations were too high but these were very bland. I was not impressed. Since they are a pretty time consuming cookie to make anyway I would rather spend the extra few minutes to make them from scratch next time. I was very disappointed. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The name of the cookie was a little misleading... or maybe it was just me, I was expecting gooey like in the name but they were just like little cakes, which is fine b/c rather than eat a whole slice of anything I'd rather have a little bite of this and that... but gooey they weren't. They tasted like a boxed cake made into little cookies, and if you look at the ingredients, that's what one should expect after all. VERY easy to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have a confession: I am a great cook BUT a terrible baker. I took a chance on this recipe and it came out fantastic. I can graduate out of the slice and bake cookie dough club with this gem! Everyone loved the cookies and they stayed fresh for a very long time if kept in airtight containers. Follow the recipe exactly and do not over-bake. I will be making them again soon. item not reviewed by moderator and published
They were tasty & gooey! So good I saved them to my reciepe box item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made them for a Christmas party and everyone loved them. I did roll them in powdered sugar twice. Thank you for such a great recipe Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
O, and for a twist, roll them in hard sugar- sugar in the raw, makes then crunchy on the outside! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made these last night, very easy and I loved the chocolate and cream cheese flavor! I am going to try using a lemon cake (as mentioned below the next time! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were very pretty to look at and very disappointing to eat. Bland, bland, bland. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I hate to go against the tide, but I am not a fan of these cookies. They look just like the pictures but I do not like the flavor at all.....should have known that anything that started with a boxed cake would turn out like this. Will never make again!!! YUCK!!! Sorry Paula:(( item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made several batches last year or Chrstmas, they are great. Thi year the store was out of chocolate so I got German chocolate.....they were not nearly as good as with the regular chocolate mix, FYI! item not reviewed by moderator and published
OMG!!! These cookies are outstanding! I made 3 dozen and within 5 minutes of them coming out of the oven my kids had them gone! Wonderful receipt!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love these cookies! I made chocolate and lemon, both are so good. Lemon was my favorite! Easy to make item not reviewed by moderator and published
Omg, best cookies I've ever had. Definitely a great recipe and would be great for kids to help out with, but very messy, lol. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These cookies are absolutely outstanding. I've made these a few times but I have to double the recipe because they disappear so quickly! They are now one of my staple Christmas cookies! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are DELICIOUS!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Followed the recipe exactly and these came out perfect. Really really delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
WOW!!!! SO good! I made these exactly per the recipe, after seeing the comment about lemon cake mix I think I will need to try those too. I made them for a cookie exchange and I am having a seriously hard time not eating all of them! They will be a perminate fixture in my cookie repertoire from here on out! Dont change a thing! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Amazing!!! My family is hooked!! My son asked for these instead of a Birthday Cake!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were very easy to make and tasted delicious! I made them using lemon cake mix, and they turned out great! Very moist and lemony. I will definitely make these again. Can't wait to try chocolate! item not reviewed by moderator and published
these are delish!!! i followed the recipe EXACTLY, I am a big time food network fan, I bake and cook all the time, I definitely don't think these need sugar like a lot of reviews said. They are great just how they were called for....I used betty crocker devil's food cake mix...I will try with other flavors too = Thanks paula!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were a HUGE hit! I was going to my aunt's and needed something quick and easy and I had all the ingredients on hand. Threw these in the kitchenaid, then in the fridge for 2 hours and started to bake them. These were wonderful, yes a cakey textured cookie, reminded me of a Dunkin Donuts munchkin. It actually worked out great b/c my daughter is allergic to peanuts and was advised no dunkin donuts since they cannot guarantee everything is peanut free, we told her that these are kinda what a munchkin tastes likes but better. So now I am going to try to make these in different varieties. Bringing them again on Christmas, just wondering if they freeze well? item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had to review these simply because they are so good and I want to thank you, Paula, for making my holiday baking a breeze!!! I make holiday goodie packages for my clients and these were such a hit, I'm keeping this recipe handy...although I've made so many of them and it's such a simple recipe, I know it by heart. Thanks again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These cookies were amazing and so simple to make! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! So simple and it comes out perfect everytime! I've gotten creative with it and done it with lemon cake mix, but rolled it in yellow cornmeal mixed with raw sugar. YUM! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yeah,we do too! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great, thank you for sharing that! I wondered how a 15oz mix would do, so I have been cannibalizing a second box every time a make a batch... item not reviewed by moderator and published
What quantity of white chocolate chips did you use? item not reviewed by moderator and published
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