My roommate loves caffeine. You know those lol-cats with the giant, photoshopped bug eyes? The ones with all their fur standing on end and their claws digging into sofa arms? Those are a good impression of her after a few Coca-Colas. But Coca-Cola is not always a morning drink, and it’s definitely not a put-it-in-a-mug-and-dream-cozy-dreams drink. I’ve also forbidden her from drinking multiple Rockstars in a day out of an irrational fear that she will consume so much caffeine her heart might explode. So despite the fact that there is a Starbucks on the next corner, a bodega underneath us and a deli at the intersection, and despite the fact that she can, in fact, make filter coffee, R~ found herself in desperate need of a coffee maker.
However, she is a cheapskate and she couldn’t just bring herself to buy a coffee maker. Pay $35 for a machine that she would use every day? Spend some hard earned money to invest in a gadget that would keep her from paying $3 a day for someone else’s coffee? How exactly could she do that? So when a friend said he would loan her a coffeemaker in exchange for cookies, she nearly ran for the kitchen.
And then she had me make him these cookies. It’s okay. She got her coffee maker.
These cookies are quick and easy and might make you feel a little guilty when people rave, since you just used a cake mix, but that’s okay. These cookies taste like baked chocolate butter. I really don’t know how else to describe them. Um. I guess they’re soft, too. Bat basically, baked chocolate butter.
I made this recipe exactly as written.
Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies
Adapted from Paula Deen
Makes 3 dozen cookies. Allow 30 minutes.
1 8-ounce brick cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 18-ounce box chocolate cake mix
1/2 cup powdered sugar
Cream together the cream cheese and butter until smooth and fluffy. Beat in the egg, then the vanilla. Stir in the cake mix, then cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until it’s chilled enough to hold a stiff shape.
Twenty minutes before you’re ready to bake the cookies, preheat your oven to 350F. Using about a tablespoon of dough, roll a ball, then dip into the confectioners sugar. Place on an ungreased baking sheet, two inches apart. Bake for 11 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are just firm around the edges. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for ten minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.