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Chocolate Gooey Butter Cake Cookies

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 266kcal
GOOEY BUTTER COOKIES are the perfect combination of gooey butter cake, chocolate brownies, and soft cookies! Being from St. Louis, we are big fans of gooey butter cake. It's even better when you add chocolate and make it into cookie form! Chocolate Cake Cookies just got an upgrade. This Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies Recipe is one of my favorite Christmas cookie recipes!
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  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 8 tablespoons butter room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 18 ounce box Dark Chocolate Fudge Moist Chocolate Cake Mix
  • ¼ teaspoon coarse or kosher salt
  • 1 cup confectioner’s powdered sugar (*See Note)


  • In a large bowl of an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth, approximately 3 minutes.
  • Mix in egg and vanilla extract.
  • Add salt and cake mix and beat on medium until smooth, about 1½ minutes.
  • Refrigerate dough for 1-2 hours or until batter is firm enough to roll into balls.
  • When ready to bake, heat oven to 350°F and cover baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll chilled dough into 1 tablespoon sized balls and roll in confectioner’s sugar. Place cookies 2-inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake 12 minutes (no longer). The cookies will look and feel a little wobbly and soft.
  • Place tray on a cooling rack to cool for 2 minutes, and dust the cookies with more powdered sugar (I use a mesh strainer).
  • Transfer individual cookies to the cooling rack to completely cool.
  • Dust with more powdered sugar, if desired.
  • Enjoy!
  • *Note – If a more intense chocolate flavor is desired, mix ½ cup cocoa powder with ½ cup confectioner’s sugar for the powdered sugar coating.



Calories: 266kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 417mg | Potassium: 123mg | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 255IU | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 1.7mg