A couple of years ago my husband and I walked into a cupcake bakery and walked out with...cookies. It sounds like the start of a bad joke, doesn't it? It's not.

Years ago, my husband and I caught a late night movie and as we were walking back to the car, I was stopped in my tracks by the most amazing smell that I've ever smelled. I’m not a big dessert eater, but the glorious scent wafting from the cupcake bakery had me in a trance. My husband and I walked into the bakery, completely seized by the smell, and before our eyes were the most delicious looking, fresh baked cookies that either of us had ever seen.

The bakery offered me a sample taste (because we all know looks can be deceiving) and in that moment I questioned how I'd walked the earth for more than 30 years and never knew of this goodness. I walked out with a dozen.

After devouring the cookies, I went back to the bakery where I was able to talk (translation: strong arm) the young girl working behind the counter into giving me the recipe.  I'm so beyond excited to share this recipe with you and hope you're ready to be amazed!

Gooey Butter Cookies


  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees and while that's getting toasty, cream together the cream cheese and butter in a medium bowl. After that's creamed together, stir in the egg and vanilla, and then add the cake mix and stir until well blended. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and then roll the balls in confectioners' sugar. Place the cookie balls an inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 13 minutes and then cool a couple minutes on wire racks.

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