Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies

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If the word “butter” is in the title, you know it’s gonna be good!

Servings: 2 dozen cookies
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 15 min
Difficulty: Easy

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1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Confectioner’s sugar, for dusting
1   (18 ounce) box moist chocolate cake mix
1   (8-ounce) brick cream cheese, room temperature
1   egg
1   stick of butter, room temperature





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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Reader Comments:


Very good recipe; my family loves them. However, that's a very long time for the oven to preheat, lol!

By Wendy on December 19, 2013


I really enjoy watching you when you were on tv. I have made some of your recipes and they were wonderful. This year money is really tight and am making cookies for gifts. Was just looking for something different then the usual.

By wendy on December 18, 2013


I can't find cakes mixes that are 18 ounces. How or do I adjust the recipe for the Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies??

By Cindy on December 13, 2013


I love the site and I love love the cookies

By Patricia Hinojosa on December 07, 2013


Love it! Paula Deen your the best!

By KIMLAMAY on December 06, 2013


These are awesome.

By Connie Sawyer on December 05, 2013


I had bought a tub of the cookie dough at a fund raiser. WOW, the smell of baked cookies makes everyone happy. And these cookies are the best.

By Patrick Grant on October 25, 2013


Bought a tub of this goowey cookies from my grandaughter's fundraising Delicious. Where can I get this cookie dough tub. help. Emy

By Emy on May 13, 2013


I love Paula Deens Cookings

By Gisela on February 02, 2013


I made these using a moist strawberry cake mix instead. They were sooo amazing!!!

By Chelsie on January 13, 2013


I made these using Pillsbury Sugar Free Devils Food cake mix and left out the powdered sugar. Very good! Next time I may add nuts or peanut butter. Perfect diabetic treat!

By Sherry Thomas on December 20, 2012


So now that the Moist chocolate cake mix has downsized from 18 ounces to 15.25, will that effect the recipe? How do we make the adjustment. Or should we just buy another box. Which would be a total waste! I was thinking of adding cake flour, maybe mixed with Hershey's Coco. What are your thoughts?

By Christy Miller on December 19, 2012


These cookies are delicious on their own, but when I make them... I have to add peanut butter. I mix a cup of JIF and 1/4 cup sugar in a separate bowl from the cake batter mixture. I leave both mixtures in the fridge for two hours to firm. Then Before I bake them, I make a sandwich cookie (chocolate/peanut butter/chocolate) and it is AMAZING. Bake for the same amount of time.

By LaToya on December 19, 2012


Love these cookies ......thanks

By Bonnie on December 18, 2012


Do they need to be stored in the fridge?

By Tricia on December 18, 2012


My sister made these cookies for a cookie exchange/book club and they were the hit of the party. Great and easy recipe with simple ingredients. Can't wait to make them myself. Merry Christmas!!

By Jeam DiMaria on December 17, 2012


Made the Chocolate Gooey Butter cookies and they where so yummy didn't last long in our house..and I'm making them for a work cookie swap smile

By Anonymous on December 14, 2012


I bought a tub of this cookie dough, premade from my son's school fundraiser. They are fab-u-lous! Soft, without being gummy like an under baked cookie. I'm so glad I was able to find this recipe. I've found my new favorite cookie! In reference to Amber's comment from Dec 8th, You are so very right! You CANT stop at just one. Happy Holidays!

By Ann on December 14, 2012


I love your recipes your chocolate gooey butter cookies are great. You are an amazing person dont change love watching you on TV. Hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas

By Reba Klyaic on December 12, 2012


These chocolate gooey cookies are so good. I havent cooked them n awhile and I still knew the name and almost the recipe. Thank you for such wonderful recipes. Your the best.

By Terri sommers on December 09, 2012

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