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December Recipe of the Month–Ooey Gooey

Monday, January 2, 2012 @ 02:01 PM

003Hard to believe it is 2012, one of my goals for this year is to really devote more time to this little ol’ blog and hopefully  introduce you few loyal fans out there to some fun new restaurants and recipes.  But to go out with a bang, I thought I would find a simple yet fun cookie recipe, since the Holidays aren’t be complete without cookies in my opinion.

In my research for something simple, I came across these “chocolate gooey butter cookies” from Paula Deen that sounded both delicious and easy enough for me to tackle.  I have to admit I am not what you would call a baker, I LOVE to cook, but baking is often something that is daunting to me.  But I did resolve to do it more after being gifted with a beautiful Kitchenaid mixer for Christmas.  This was my first run with it and I have to say, I’M IN LOVE, the thing makes things so easy!  And these happened to be a cookie I had seen before, but never really knew what they were, so I was excited to give them a try and see what they were all about.

Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies

Recipe courtesy Paula Deen

Prep Time:
15 min
Inactive Prep Time:
2 hr 0 min
Cook Time:
12 min
Level:
Easy
Serves:
2 dozen cookies

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

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.

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TASTE: While I enjoy cookies, I have to say I don’t typically give them a lot of credit because there are other desserts I like better, but I have to say these pleasantly surprised me.  They had the texture between a really good gooey brownie and a moist cake.  They had a really great chocolaty flavor from the cake mix and the perfect amount of sweetness from the powdered sugar.  And my two taste testers, dad and Adam both seemed to thoroughly enjoy them, so I knew we had a winner.

EASE OF PREPARATION: Not being a baker I was so happy when I realized just how easy these cookies were to make.  Using a boxed cake mix made things all the more simple, as in there were really no precise measurements to take into account, which is usually where I seem to mess up baking recipes.
COST: Another reason I chose this recipe was besides the cake mix and powdered sugar, I had every other ingredient already on hand.  The two ingredients we didn’t have my mom bought for me (thanks mom), but I am pretty sure the cake mix and sugar didn’t break the bank.

COMPLEXITY: Like I said above, these were not hard to make at all and by using my stand mixer to whip up the dough I really did not have to do much work.  I even was able to recruit my mom to roll out the balls of dough for me, so I was pretty spoiled by how little work I had to do to make these.  However, even if it had just been me, I am quite confident I could have easily made these cookies alone and had them come out just as well.

PORTION SIZE: The recipe says that it will yield 2 dozen and we actually got a few more than that since some of the cookies were a bit smaller, but I found it to be very accurate.  And when we got the right size dough ball down, it created a very average size cookie.  I am sure you could make larger cookies if you desired, but these seemed to be the perfect size to me.

In the end I really enjoyed how these turned out and with how easy they were to whip up I am quite confident that I will make a batch or two in the future to add to the other cookies and desserts we enjoy around the holiday.  I would also be interested to try them with a different type of cake mix to see if the flavor was as good.  I am happy to give these chocolate gooey butter cookies 3 little piggies.

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