So we've got some exciting news for you. Becca and I are about to embark on the most exciting 12 day journey of the season! We're taking on Food Network's 12 Days of Cookies. We'll bake them, one day at a time, share our baking troubles and triumphs, and probably gain a significant amount of weight.
I had the honor of kicking off the 12 days of festivities with Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies. Can you take a wild guess which Food Network star created this recipe? Definitely Paula Deen.
These cookies are incredibly simple and require very few ingredients. And they are surprisingly light and fluffy. But beware that the dough takes a few hours of refrigeration before they are ready to bake.
The 12 Days of Cookies- Day 1- Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies
Here's what you'll need:
-8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
-1 stick of butter, at room temperature
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1 box moist chocolate cake mix
Here's what to do:
1. Preheat the oven to 350.
2. Use an electric mixer to cream the cream cheese and butter together until smooth.
3. Beat in the egg, followed by the vanilla extract.
4. Beat in the cake mix.
5. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours. This will make it easier to shape the dough.
6. Coat the bottom of a small bowl with confectioners' sugar.
7. Roll the dough into tablespoon sized balls, and coat with sugar. (I just rolled the dough balls around the bowl until they were covered.)
8. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 12 minutes.
So here are a few warnings from my experience with these cookies. I'm going to recommend using a spoon to mix in the cake mix, rather than an electric mixer (unless you have a kitchen-aid) because the dough stuck together so much that it completely coated my beaters and rose up to get stuck inside the holes connecting the beaters to the mixers. So that was a bit of a mess that you could probably avoid.
I'll also warn you that the dough is going to be really sticky as you form it into balls. Once you coat it with sugar, it's very manageable, but I had to wash my hands about 10 times during the whole baking process. So be warned.
And my final recommendation is the addition of chocolate chips. I added these to the last batch I put in the oven, and it added an extra burst of deliciousness to the cookie. The husband insists that the cookies were perfect without the chocolate chips, and said he preferred the consistency of the originals, but I like a little extra something in my cookies. So if you're in the mood for chocolate, spring for the chocolate chip addition. It's well worth your while.
Check back soon for more 12 Days of Cookies! You're going to love it!