Paula Deen's Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies
Recipe courtesy of Paula Deen
Servings: Makes 2 dozen
  • 1 brick (8 ounces) cream cheese , room temperature
  • 1 stick butter , room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 box (18 ounces) moist chocolate cake mix
  • Confectioner's sugar for dusting
Preheat oven to 350°. 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 you can roll the batter into balls. Roll the chilled batter into tablespoon-size 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.