ooey gooey cookies

29 Apr

as far as my top cookies go, this one is way up there.  i first made these over christmas vacation, when i yanked my brother from his lair/computer to be my indentured servant for the afternoon.  it took a bit of persuasion to convince him to get his hands dirty (i don’t even know what to do with the kid sometimes), but he proved to be quite the baker.  i wanted to make them for santa.. i am convinced that if i tell my 18-year-old brother he believes in that jolly man with enough fervor and assertion, he suddenly will.  but since i had to face the facts that my childhood was gone forever, i decided to have my parents take them to a christmas party they were going to.  let’s just say, the cookies did not make it there.  because once you eat one, you just can’t stop.  kinda like pringles. 

i got the recipe from probably the cutest southern lady on the planet (other than my darling mother of course)… ms. paula deen.  she really is adorable.  i want to pinch her cheeks. and hug her. and to have her be my auntie. that is all that i want.  ….well, and to eat her food and not gain an ounce.

but, these babies above are her chocolate gooey butter cookies. or ooey gooey cookies as i like to call them, because i suck at names and this is what i came up with when i was fumbling about trying to remember when my many adoring fans (cough. let me live the dream.) were demanding to know.  they are not necessarily ooey… nor gooey…  but still delightful.  and smooshy (a technical baking term). now enough rambling, and more baking.

what you’ll need: 1 8-ounce brick cream cheese, 1 stick butter (room temp), 1 egg, 1 18-ounce box of moist chocolate cake mix, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, confectioners sugar

1. preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. in a large bowl, cream the cream cheese and butter together until smooth.  i had to do this cradling my bowl and hand mixer while standing in the pantry so as not to wake up my sleeping roommates.  (have i mentioned that i bake at odd times?) it was awkward and somewhat unpleasant.  i recommend against this.

3. beat in the egg.

(don’t forget to check for shell and other grossness! i say this, because i definitely would forget.)

(a thing of dairy beauty? or a vegan’s worst nightmare?)

4. beat in vanilla extract.

5. beat in cake mix.

when cookie dough attacks!  once you get to the cake beating portion… the cake tends to fight back.  and it almost won.  i kept having to pause to remove its gooey tendrils from ensnaring my mixer entirely.  you pretty much just have to keep at it.  because it will ultimately be worth it.

this will be your lovely dough.

6. paula says to refrigerate your dough for 2 hours so that it will firm up and be easier for ball rolling.  but as we all know, since it seems to be a theme of this blog, i am laaaazy.  so i threw it in the freezer for however long it took me to do the plethora of dishes stockpiled in my kitchen (about 30-40 minutes. i’m a slow washer.  i tend to boogie to the music at the same time.)

7. roll dough into tablespoon sized balls and then roll in confectioners sugar.

8. place on an ungreased cookie sheet 2 inches apart. bake for 12 minutes.  let them cool and then sprinkle some more confectioners sugar on top. i think it is impossible to have too much confectioners sugar.

paula’s recipe said that this should yield about 2 dozen cookies.  but, i must have magical powers, because i came out with about 5 dozen.  if only these powers extended to other things, like money and bobby pins.

the verdict: i took these to work, and my pirahna coworkers ate them within seconds.  they are that yummy.  again, pringle cookies.

12 Responses to “ooey gooey cookies”

  1. A April 29, 2008 at 7:31 pm #

    Tester A: I ate like 4 (billion) and they were chewy and delicious. Yumayumma

  2. Michael April 30, 2008 at 1:22 pm #

    The dough looks like poop. Sweet, beautiful, delicious poop.

  3. Willis April 30, 2008 at 2:14 pm #

    So what’s the process for becoming a taster tester? Do I have to fill out some crazy forms? Do I have to stop using capital letters? Can I bring board games?

  4. Michael April 30, 2008 at 6:30 pm #

    You just have to be willing to die, I think.

  5. Jenny January 24, 2010 at 1:50 pm #

    My husband told me his favorite cookies were “ooey gooey cookies” his mom made. I told him she probably just made up a name for some creation she made. Thankfully, I found your recipe and these cookies are wonderful! and easy!

  6. Lisa H January 27, 2010 at 7:37 pm #

    I made these easy cookies with a lemon flavored cake mix.! Yum Yum. I am sure you could use any flavor cake mix

  7. Debby December 19, 2011 at 4:27 pm #

    Doesn’t say how long to bake!!

    • ktravs December 19, 2011 at 4:29 pm #

      12 minutes at 350 degrees f.

      • Debby December 19, 2011 at 4:52 pm #

        Thanks ktravs! I just re read it, and duh, there it was!

  8. Debby December 19, 2011 at 4:52 pm #

    OOPS!! Found the baking time!!

  9. Debby December 19, 2011 at 6:40 pm #

    Ok, I just made these cookies, and they were not hard to do, and they look really great with the crackle top and all, but they taste like nothing!! No taste at all. Not even chocolatey. Very disappointed. I will try a different cake mix next time and use lemon or orange extract instead of vanilla maybe. My second pan I rolled them in the powdered sugar with cinnamon/sugar also, but still no taste. Am I the only one who didn’t like them???

  10. prfctmess@yahoo.com June 18, 2012 at 10:15 am #

    Love, love, love these! It’s like a brownie/cake/cookie love child. ; )
    I put the finished cookies in the freezer…they’re SO much better cold & they don’t get hard!

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