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Gooey Chocolate Cookies

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
  • Makes
    4-1/2 dozen


  • 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)


  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 69 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 90mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.
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  • Joanne
    Feb 16, 2021

    These are the BEST cookies, moist and delicious. Actually, you can use any flavored cake mix to make it the flavor you want. Works just as good. I too roll them in powdered sugar before baking. Makes the extra special. An AAA+++ rating on these. Yummmm..... <3

  • ebramkamp
    Feb 27, 2018

    These are super simple to whip up and delicious. I added some semi sweet chocolate chips to the mix. About half a bag I had leftover from another cooking adventure. I also rolled them in powdered sugar prior to baking. Super good. Definitely a keeper.

  • jctoomey
    Dec 12, 2014

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  • STAZ
    Jul 23, 2014

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  • pajamaangel
    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
    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.

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    Dec 4, 2012


  • pjk4him
    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
    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
    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.