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Gooey Chocolate Cookies Recipe

Gooey Chocolate Cookies Recipe

These soft and chewy cookies couldn’t be easier to make. Jazz them up with a chocolate kiss in the center, or substitute a different flavor of cake mix. —Angela Bailey, San Pierre, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch YIELD:54 servings


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 package chocolate cake mix (regular size)


  • 1. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Add cake mix and mix well (dough will be sticky). Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  • 2. Roll rounded tablespoonfuls of dough into balls. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 9-11 minutes or until tops are cracked. Cool for 2 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield: 4-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 69 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 90mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0g fiber), 1g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 0 starch, 0 fat.

Reviews for Gooey Chocolate Cookies

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pajamaangel 182355
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2013

"I, too made them with the brownie mix because I had it on hand. These turned out really well like this and I will try the cake mix next time so I can give a proper rating on the recipe as it is."

uut4690 182717
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2013

"I used a lemon cake mix and added some white chips and cranberries. I rolled in powdered sugar before baking. Oh my! They were fabulous and received raves from everyone that tried them."

Susiew122 210882
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2012


pjk4him 182637
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2012

"I followed the recipe with a "regular" Devil's Food cake mix (15.25 oz) and they turned out great. I did add 1/2 cup of Hershey's mini chips which gave them an extra punch. Almost like eating a bite size brownie! Yummy--we love them and they are SO EASY which is a BIG plus! We'll be making these again!"

Jacynthe 182354
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2012

"I have made this recipe a few times now and they are so good. I will try with a brownie mix next time as suggested by previous post. I usually use milk chocolate cake mix."

honda2008 169538
Reviewed May. 18, 2012

"I was going to make this recipe and had all ingredients except the chocolate cake mix. I did have a box of brownie mix, so I used that and the cookies were DELICIOUS! My husband said they were the best cookies I've ever made, even better than Toll-House cookies. To be fair to the recipe, the next batch I used chocolate cake mix. They were good, but not as good as with the brownie mix. I love the simplicity of this recipe and have made several batches, and will continue to make more."

rumbamel 164925
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2012

"My 8 yr old and I mad this with carrot cake mix, 1/4 C chopped raisins, 1/4 C chopped walnuts and we used Smart Balance instead of butter. The lack of butter made a big difference. We only got 44 cookies instead of 54 and they didn't spread. The taste is AMAZING, though. I would definitely make these again. Very easy, too. Thanks."

Nancanchan 182352
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2011

"This is absolutely delicious, as stated. I didn't have any trouble with recipe. I have handed out the recipe to others who have asked for it. Yummy, and I highly recommend."

danielle82 99761
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2011

"I have been making the recipe forever. We call the Gooey butter cookies, like the cake a STL favorite. I use chocolate or yellow cake mix. I make them in the morning and bake them in the afternoon. But rolling them in powder sugar is a must. Sooo good"

criskokid 99748
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2011

"These cookies were very easy to make and moist and chewy as stated but for those who love chocolate they could have used some choco chips or peanut butter chips or even perhaps toffee bits to give a little more flavor. Next time I will add something additional."

bbopTX 185808
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2011

"Cake mixes have different weights now days. You must use the 18 1/4 oz. box of mix. Then they shouldn't be sticky."

sstetzel 185806
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2011

"[quote user="Jazzackle"]

i haven't made them yet but i wanted to know, is it 18 ounces or 1/4 ounces for the cake mix?
  • 1 package (18-1/4 ounces) chocolate cake mix
This refers to one 18.25 ounce cake mix.

Jazzackle 167148
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2011

"i haven't made them yet but i wanted to know, is it 18 ounces or 1/4 ounces for the cake mix?"

bchrnbscmed 182636
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2010

"I was disappointed in these cookies. they were very bland, not much taste to them at all."

mobiledeb 99747
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2010

"I do not know if it was the cake mix I used but these were one of the worst cookies I have ever made 8( The cooking time for me was closer 13 minutes so the first two pans were thrown away. Even my chocolate loving friends were disappointed. Oh yeah, the mess of putting them on cokkie sheets was even worse than the taste and texture. Definitely not a keeper."

Jellybug 125112
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2010

"This is Paula Deens recipe. I have been making these for ever..It says it's a prize winning recipe..did it go to Paula?"

letseat2 182634
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2010

"Paula Deen made this recipe on one of her shows a while back except after the dough has been formed into balls, she rolls them in powdered sugar. When I make them I also add mini chocolate chips. Who wouldn't want a little extra chocolate surprise in their cookie?"

desireecm 125111
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2010

"i see people have issues with the stickiness of the batter. There is a step this is missing when you roll the cookie balls out have powdered sugar on your hands first therefore coating the cookie in powdered sugar. i make these all the time and i never even chill them first"

Brenda D 182631
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2010

"I love this recipe. I had no troubles with it after chilling in the fridge overnight. Like another reader, I flattened my cookies before baking and my son added Reeses Pieces to make faces. It was a fun project."

lauramarielawson 169534
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2010

"Couldn't be easier, and very tasty! I often make several different flavors using different cake mixes and bring them to parties or potlucks."

pscutler 99724
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2010

"These are excellent!! The kids absolutely love these cookies. I added semi-sweet chocolate chips to this recipe and put the dough in the freezer for 1 hour. I also flattened the cookie dough with the palm of my hand before baking. These are simple to make. No fuss at all after putting them in the freezer."

zapzorak 100572
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2010

"So good. Quick and easy. My friends love 'em!"

hahicks_98 169533
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2010

"Simple and good. Put some frosting in between two of these for a whoopie pie."

dros 182351
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2009

"easy---use different flavored cake mixes. I used the new 50% less sugar cake mixes, added sugar free chips and fat free cream cheese for my diabetic husband. He loves them to say the least!!!"

odromaine 114473
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2009

"I picked this recipe based on the fact it has 5 ingredients and I wanted something simple to make a large amount of cookies for my sons teachers. It is very hard to mix and I wound up having to make the dough one day and cook them the next due to the 2 hour chilling. This is not a recipe you can make in an evening. Even after chilling over night the dough is still too sticky to work with. There is NO way you can touch this stuff with your hands. I even tried a small cookie dough scoop sprayed with pam and that didn't work.I have just pulled my first 2 pans of cookies out of the oven after 10 minutes of bake time, they do not look done and can not be baked further as the bottoms are burning. I saw the first review was very positive in that this recipe was very easy. This has not been my experience and I am no dummy in the kitchen. I am a retired chef and can cook mostly anything. I have lowered the oven temp to 300' and will start checking them at 6 minutes. I DO NOT reccomend this recipe. It is very unreliable."

Julie Davidson 169532
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2009

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CarolKoff 167147
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2009

"These cookies are so easy to make. Placed a chocolate kiss on top and everyone commented how good they were at our church fellowship. Carolkoff"

jklenzen 114472
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2009

"Easy and tast wonderful."

sbailey111 164923
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2009

"Taste great. However the preparation was not worth it. The two hours in the fridge didn't do much to keep the dough from being unbearably sticky. Needed to cook much longer than said time. Still good, but should be called STICKY GOOEY chocolate cookies."

MY REVIEW 167146
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2009

"These cookies have a great taste. I followed the recipe but they needed to cook much longer than 'when cracked'.... may be done but still wet and soft."

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