Thursday, January 14, 2010

Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies (Treats For Co-Irkers)

This week's treats for co-irkers is kind of a cheat because I used a boxed cake mix. However, if you're so inclined to think I've gone all lazy and tasteless on you, you'll regain your faith in my abilities when you see that this is another Paula Deen recipe and that not only is the requisite stick of butter used, a block of cream cheese is also added to the mix to make these decadent chocolate cookies. Am I forgiven?

The reason I chose this particular recipe is because it's a family favorite and also since I've made these cookies numerous times, there was no need for me to taste the finished product to ensure their worthiness. Nary a chocolate crumb passed my lips today as I made five dozen of these babies. I'm patting myself on both my back and bodacious behind because I survived another day of temptation. YAY!

You will only need to read this recipe ONE time and you'll remember it forever. I think you'll be able to figure out why.

Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies (makes 2 1/2 dozen) recipe by Paula Deen

ONE (8 oz) brick cream cheese, room temperature
ONE stick butter, room temperature
ONE large egg
ONE tsp vanilla
ONE (18 oz) box moist chocolate cake mix
ONE cup powdered sugar

In a large bowl beat softened cream cheese and butter until smooth. Scrape down bowl and add egg and vanilla. Beat well. Scrape down bowl and beaters again and add cake mix. Beat to combine. Cover dough and refrigerate for at least two hours. I made mine yesterday and refrigerated overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Roll tablespoons full of dough into balls a little smaller than a golf ball. Roll balls in powdered sugar to coat. Place balls on ungreased baking sheet, 2 inches apart. Bake for 12 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for a minute or two on baking sheet before removing to cooling rack to cool completely. Dust with remaining powdered sugar after cookies have completely cooled.

27 comments:

Linda said...

You had me at chocolate.
Another good one Mags!

Megan said...

I'm so impressed not a single cookie passed by your lips. Your a better person then I! They're calling my name.
I have no problem with the use of a cake mix. Doctored all up, there just another ingredient.

Sweet and Savory said...

Look at the chocolate inside, peeking out. This is a naughty cookie and that is probably why I want it.

Moogie said...

Mags, did you lick the spoon? The bowl? Eat a couple of crumbs?

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

These look great... I wouldn't be able to make these without sampling a few!

Susan said...

Those look fabulous! Gotta' love Paula and her butter! :)

Kathleen said...

My, oh, my. These sound sooooo good!

Rosemary & Garlic said...

I was really hoping for another brussel sprout recipe.

Pam said...

I love all things with the words gooey butter in the title.

George Gaston said...

Mags... nothing wrong with using a boxed cake mix, if the results are like these delectable cookies.

I am going to keep this recipe handy for those "cookie attack" moments. Many thanks...

Snooty Primadona said...

Did you say chocolate? Mmmmmrrrrrrrrrrrow! As much as I love sweets, I seldom ever eat them because once I get started I can't stop. I have many other reasons as well.

;-)

Co Irker said...

I'm sorry it took so long to remark on the cookie. But, I came in today and saw nothing on my desk and inside I died a little. Then the hubs called and sheepishly told me that I would have to brave the shift foreman's office - he'd forgotten us! Ah well no complaints.

They are good and moist. In fact, before I even peeked to see what they contained I called them cake cookies.

I won't even rib you about the CAKE MIX (the horror!)

Thank you so much our impressive ingeneu!

TGIF

June said...

Wow Mags, you've done it again. Good heavens you can BAKE girl! Good for you not giving into temptation. You inspire me.

stephchows said...

ok WOOOOOOWWWWW!!!! I think I'd gain 10 lbs if I worked with your hubby LOL

A Year on the Grill said...

are you saying you made these and didn't try any... they wouldn't have made it out my door

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

How could you not try one! I am not that strong.

Federica said...

wowwwww ma sono favolosi!

Karen said...

Mmm, those do look good. Pretty easy recipe to remember!

Debbie said...

They look delicious. I love Paula Deen. I made a cookie very similar also this week but I think your recipe is better!!!

Sherry said...

I have a very similar recipe called Chocolate Crinkles that are made from scratch. This is MUCH better! I think I will use Red Velvet cake mix and make them for Valentine's Day. Ummm.

By the way, I'm really enjoying my candle! Thank you!

Mags said...

Thanks for all your comments guys! I held strong and didn't eat any of the cookies. The rest are going with me when I visit the boys today.

Velva said...

How I wish I could be your 'co-irker" to enjoy these cookies. A few of these chocoloate cookies with a good cup of coffee and life would be good.

Serioulsy, these cookies look absolutely delicious.

Maria said...

I wish I had one of these right now!

Tell Laura I Love Her said...

LOVED LOVED LOVED the cookies Marge! Thank you! Our friends devoured the rest of them :( Now there are none left for us. See you soon!

Mags said...

Tell Laura I Love Her: I'm so glad you guys enjoyed them! Thanks for leaving a comment...it tickles me, it does.

frugal southern mom said...

Hey I found you on Year on the Grill! I love your recipes, especialy this one!I am from Alabama, what part did ya move from?

Mags said...

frugal southern mom: Welcome to my blog. Hope you'll come back! Hubby worked/lived in Birmingham for about a year before we moved here to Indiana.