Gooey Butter Cookies
These are my favorite cookies to eat, and so they're what I make the most.
These cookies taste quite a bit like gooey butter cake. They're quite sweet with a buttery taste that's not overwhelming. They're best when soft and especially warm.
Gooey butter cake is a sort of coffee cake, peculiar to St. Louis. The legend goes that a baker was making yellow cake, and accidentally added the butter twice.
Makes about 60 small cookies.
I like to add green and red food coloring (to separate batches) for Christmas cookies.
Use 1 cup (2 sticks) butter or 2 packages of cream cheese. I’ve seen both variants on the Internet. The cream cheese is less fattening, but I like to split the difference to keep some more of the buttery taste. (It seems that most of the Internet recipes use both.) I like to use the reduced-fat cream cheese as well.
Chocolate cake mix didn’t work out too well. It tasted fine, but no buttery goodness of the originals.
This is my (Craig Buchek's) recipe, based on a couple recipes I found on the Internet circa 2002. This was one of the recipes (along with the comments).