Chocolate Chip Gooey Butter Cookies

Let’s hear it.

Who ate enough turkey to pop the button on their jeans? Who tried every single pie at dinner? Who licked the bowl of mashed potatoes clean?

Oh, just me? Huh.

Hope y’all had a fabulous Thanksgiving. Mine was wonderful. Full of food and family and all that good stuff.

Then my husband and I immediately went and spent every single penny in our bank account on Christmas gifts. ‘Tis the season!

After all the hard shopping work we did, I made us some cookies. Not just any cookies, though. These cookies aren’t the least bit cakey or chewy. Gooey really is the best descriptor. Even though these are nothing like a traditional chocolate chip cookie, they still make as one of my top 3 favorite chocolate chip cookies.

These Chocolate Chip Gooey Butter Cookies are basically Gooey Butter Cake in cookie form with some chocolate chips tossed in.

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Chocolate Chip Gooey Butter Cookies

Yield: 24 cookies

Ingredients:

1 box butter cake mix
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup milk chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Beat together the cream cheese and butter until well combined. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Add the cake mix and beat until well combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Roll tablespoonfuls of dough into balls and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes or until the top is set, but the center is still gooey.
Cool on a wire rack.

inspired by Paula Deen

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53 Responses to “Chocolate Chip Gooey Butter Cookies”

  1. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel November 26, 2012 @ 9:10 am (#
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    Is it okay that I’m drooling over my keyboard? In sparing my feelings, just nod yes.

    I WANTTTT.

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  2. Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie November 26, 2012 @ 9:20 am (#
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    Holy cow – adding this to my list of cookies to make for the holidays!

    Oh, and I totally unbuttoned my pants after dinner. Like an old man. Probably should have worn something with an elastic waistband…

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  3. Cookin' Canuck November 26, 2012 @ 9:21 am (#
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    Oh my, those do sound awfully good.

    I avoided popping the top button of my pants by wearing elasticized sweatpants. It wasn’t a good look.

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    Karly Reply:

    @Cookin’ Canuck,

    I will never understand the people that wear fancy clothes to Thanksgiving dinner. Unless those fancy clothes are hiding an elastic waist, it just isn’t happening for me. :)

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  4. Cookbook Queen November 26, 2012 @ 9:49 am (#
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    Yes, so I’ve been thinking about making cookies this week for little Jon David since he’s been a bit neglected…these are perfect and simple too, which means I can probably make them one handed!!

    I’m all about one handed tasks right now :)

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  5. Nattie November 26, 2012 @ 11:26 am (#
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    …. So hungry. That looks amazing, mmm. ?

    Natalya @ Ruff House Art

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  6. Averie @ Averie Cooks November 26, 2012 @ 11:34 am (#
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    I just made choc chip cookies today and boy, I can imagine yours with the cream cheese are amazing! Yellow or butter cake mix can be used in so many ways!

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  7. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) November 26, 2012 @ 11:54 am (#
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    Giiirrrrl, I ate so much on Thanksgiving (and after) and now you tempt me with these gooey cookies!!!!

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  8. Cat Davis - Food Family Finds November 26, 2012 @ 12:49 pm (#
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    I think I gained a pound or two just looking at those.

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  9. Cathy @ Noble Pig November 26, 2012 @ 2:54 pm (#
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    I could destroy these, I don’t care how much turkey I ate!! Drool!

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  10. shelly (cookies and cups) November 26, 2012 @ 4:02 pm (#
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    I need these. Because who needs buttons when I have elastic?!

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  11. Georgia November 26, 2012 @ 7:12 pm (#
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    Those look fabulous!. I just happened to get a “free” butter cake mix as a “special” at my store this week. Got a recipe for it now.

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  12. Meghan @ The Tasty Fork November 26, 2012 @ 7:21 pm (#
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    I always wear leggings to holiday meals so my pants grow with me. I have no will power and must try everything… I mean, its rude to the cook if you don’t give every dish a try. :)

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  13. Pat November 26, 2012 @ 8:16 pm (#
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    Hmmmm, good! I can only imagine how wonderful they taste. Will definitely try them!

    I think everyone should wear elastic waists to a Thanksgiving Dinner. Why would you not? So many great things to try, they’re a must!

    xo
    Pat

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  14. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust November 26, 2012 @ 8:44 pm (#
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    I’m glad I’m not the only one who licked the bowl clean. Except here it was stuffing. And pie. Every single dessert and also the wine bottle. Now I need these cookies to round me out. :)

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  15. Susan November 26, 2012 @ 8:52 pm (#
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    do you think I could convert this to an oatmeal raisin cookie and omit the choc chips?

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    Karly Reply:

    @Susan,

    You could certainly try it.

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  16. sally @ sallys baking addiction November 26, 2012 @ 8:54 pm (#
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    my sister lives in st louis so gooey butter cake is only a HUGE tradition for us this time of year. putting all that into COOKIES. oh my god. karly. you are my idol. these are fat free, right?! ;)

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  17. Joanne November 26, 2012 @ 8:57 pm (#
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    “gooey” is how I always want my chocolate chip cookies to be!! These sound perfectional!

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  18. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl November 26, 2012 @ 10:06 pm (#
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    OMG. These look amazing! I need , something quick, easy and FABULOUS to take to a teacher’s luncheon on Friday…I think I just found it!

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  19. Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings November 27, 2012 @ 7:47 am (#
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    YUM! I need to make these :)

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  20. Krysten November 27, 2012 @ 8:22 am (#
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    Tasted every pie? Check. Licked the bowl of mashed potatoes clean? Check. Scraped the bottom of the green bean casserole dish? Check. The turkey…eh. I’m a carb fiend.
    And these cookies are happening very, very soon.

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  21. Crafty grandma November 27, 2012 @ 9:11 am (#
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    Yummy!! I will definitely have to make this – too bad the grand-children and son-in-law are allergic to cheese so they don’t know what they are missing. Reading the above comments made me LOL…I am well-ahead of you all, living in Canada we celebrate Thanksgiving at the beginning of October so I already worked off the extra pounds and getting ‘fit’ for Christmas dinner. Yummy! Who needs a fancy dress, my elastized granny pants will work well, good excuse to sit on the floor with the grand-kids to play games.

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  22. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes November 27, 2012 @ 12:23 pm (#
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    No matter how stuffed I am full of turkey there will always be room for these cookies….because they look beyond amazing!

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  23. Jami November 27, 2012 @ 7:12 pm (#
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    Would a butter cake be the same as a yellow cake mix, or is there a separate butter cake mix? Thanks!

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    Karly Reply:

    @Jami,

    You can use a yellow cake mix, but they do make butter cake mixes. :) Either one would work fine, but I always opt for more butter. Haha!

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  24. Kathleen R November 27, 2012 @ 7:13 pm (#
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    How many cookies does it make? This sounds great for the holidays, but I need to know how many batches to make to get the # I need. LOL

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    Karly Reply:

    @Kathleen R,

    It’ll make around 2 dozen, depending on the size you make them. I used my 2 tablespoon cookie scoop for right around 2 dozen cookies.

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  25. Kim Stebbins November 27, 2012 @ 8:17 pm (#
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    Wow! Once, back in 1995, my bakery made 6000 ( I’m not lying) gooey butter cake squares for an event. Alas, The event went broke and the check they wrote me bounced. I haven’t eaten ooey gooey butter cake since. But. THIS recipe may be the one to bring me back!Thank you for sharing!

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  26. Andrea November 28, 2012 @ 9:34 pm (#
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    These were a huge hit! My husband not a big cookie fan and ate nine of them! My two boys are hooked as well. Took me 5 minutes to throw it together, three ovens going and 12 minutes for warm cookies after dinner tonight.

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  27. Jenny January 8, 2013 @ 8:28 pm (#
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    Ok made these last night and only have 6 left! Discovered they are AMAZING dipped in coffee! Seriously they’re awesome!

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  28. Danae January 29, 2013 @ 8:54 pm (#
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    Followed the directions exactly. These aren’t a winner in our house.

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    Karly Reply:

    Sorry to hear that!

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  29. Shannon March 27, 2013 @ 10:56 am (#
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    I’m such a huge fan of chocolate chip cookies- what a fun spin on them! :) Thanks for sharing!

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  30. Rebecca R April 4, 2013 @ 10:46 am (#
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    If you do this with white cake mix and rainbow sprinkles instead, you get really awesome Confetti Cookies (: and I have a feeling that lemon cake mix with white chocolate chips and cranberries would also be fantastic

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    Karly Reply:

    That is BRILLIANT! :)

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  31. gigi April 21, 2013 @ 3:47 pm (#
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    Just finished baking these – these are fabulous – kinda like a cake, kinda like a cookie and kinda like a cheese cake – these are the perfect cookie. I’m shipping these off to my daughter who lives on the other side of the country. hope they taste as great when they arrive at their destination.

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  32. gigi April 29, 2013 @ 4:11 pm (#
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    Shipped these off to my daughter – they spent a week in the mail – she texted me saying “these cookies are like crack!” Fabulous cookie that can go the distance!

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  33. Amanda July 8, 2013 @ 7:51 am (#
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    Do you need to have the cream cheese and butter at room temp?

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    Karly Reply:

    Yes! Just updated the recipe! :)

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  34. Tiffany September 16, 2013 @ 5:30 pm (#
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    I have big plans to make these with toffee chips and pecans…

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  35. Heather @ French Press November 7, 2013 @ 9:58 pm (#
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    yeah, so I’m thinking these will be on top of my favorite cookie list, and I will eat them until I lose a button

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  36. Nikki December 15, 2013 @ 3:01 pm (#
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    I tried making this today and I had a terrible time with the dough. I do not have a stand mixer only a regular hand mixer and I was gradually adding the cake mix to the wet mixture and when I got about half way through the dough got so heavy and thick I could no longer use my mixer. It would not spin through the dough. I had a mess trying to scrape it off and attempt to get the remainder of the dry cake into the batter. I had to mix the rest by hand until my arm practically fell off. I haven’t even baked the cookies yet. Any suggestions for this problem. I’m not an amateur baker, I just don’t have fancy tools! What I thought was going to be an easy cookie recipe ended up being a true headache! Any feedback is appreciated. I wanted to also make the red velvet version but after today’s debacle I don’t think that will be happening.

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    Karly Reply:

    @Nikki,

    Hi Nikki!

    I’m sorry that you had trouble with this one. The dough is a bit thick, but I would think a hand held mixer would work just fine for it. You definitely want the butter and cream cheese at room temperature to help them mix in better, but otherwise, I’m not sure what could have caused a problem. I’ve made these plenty of times without an issue (though I do use a stand mixer).

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  37. Meg March 12, 2014 @ 6:25 pm (#
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    I am sorry to be negative, but noone in my family liked these. I ended up throwing them all out. I guess it is the texture. I guess we are prefer a more traditional cookie.

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    Karly Reply:

    @Meg,

    Sorry this one wasn’t a hit for you! :)

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