How to Bake Gooey Butter Cookies

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Finding time to bake while in college can be difficult. When you need to bring a snack of some sort to share to an event, you don’t want to have to be the person that just bought a bag of chips.  This is a really simple recipe that you can prep and bake around your schedule.  You prepare the dough quickly then refrigerate until you have time later to actually bake it. I've used this recipe many times for get-togethers and events and it has always been a hit. You get to impress your friends with a delicious little treat that’s incredibly easy to make!

Estimated Cost of Recipe:  Under $10

Total Time Estimates:
5 minutes to make the dough
4+ hours of refrigeration
11-13 minutes baking per batch (typically 3 to 4 batches of 12 to 15 cookies on a tray)

Large mixing bowl
Electric hand mixer
Small bowl
Cookie trays

1 box cake mix (traditionally yellow cake mix)
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 stick butter, softened
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Powdered sugar
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Step 1: Allow butter and cream cheese to soften

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Set the cream cheese and butter out to soften if very cold/frozen. Don’t microwave the cream cheese and butter. You just want them soft enough to mix well, not melted.

Step 2: Combine and mix ngredients

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Combine cake mix, cream cheese, butter, egg, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on a medium setting until well mixed. Well mixed is creamy, no lumps, and no cake mix powder unmixed in. It shouldn't take more than a minute or two to achieve a well mixed state.

Step 3: Refrigerate dough

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Refrigerate your dough for at least 4 hours or overnight. Make sure to cover the dough when put in the refrigerator or the dough will dry out or take on the flavors of other things in your refrigerator. If you’re bowl does not come with a lid, seran wrap will be sufficient.

Step 4: Preheat oven

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Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Note: Raise by 25 degrees Fahrenheit if you live in a high altitude area (3000 or more feet above sea level).
Bobey2 years ago
Those look delish
rubiksnerd2 years ago
Those look amazing! Thank you for the tutorial!
Dude! These are a classic from my hometown, St. Louis!! Thank you so much for the recipe!
That sounds good, I don't think I've had a butter cookie before! I'll have to try them now :)