First off, before we even make it to the kitchen… Can we take 30 seconds and address the chaos that is the grocery store this time of year? I knew before I went to the store today (the day before Thanksgiving) that it was going to be a mad house. For that, I want to say thank you to our retail workers for their hard work, long hours, and most of all PATIENCE. I don’t know how you deal with not only the people, but any kind of toy that sings. I was picking something up at the store today and there was a singing ornament next to the register. I looked at the cashier and told her if I worked here they would end up in the trash. *ooops* They were so annoying! I also am curious whether it’s possible to leave the store without a bottle of wine this time of year… the chaos is too much! I went in for three items today and suddenly there I was in front of the wine section picking out a bottle (I swear I am not an alcoholic, you will see the wine I selected in the photos, apparently it pairs well with gooey butter cookies, who knew? 😉 ). I stood there for a second and just took in my surroundings. There were so many people stressing. I heard impatient sighs. I heard snide remarks. I know the store is chaos. I know that sometimes chaos brings out the worst in us but we just have to take a second and remind ourselves that kindness is key. I hated seeing a holiday that should be bringing nothing but joy and thanks visibly causing stress to people. I’m just hear to say that we need to remember what each of these upcoming Holidays is truly about and be sure to reflect that in our actions.
NOW- the cookies!
I have been baking these bad boys since I was in fifth or sixth grade. That’s the first time I remember making them anyways! I always tend to make them around the holidays. We decided to put our Christmas tree up today (I say we, but what I really mean is I… we fly out tomorrow to go to NC to spend a week and I wanted to get it up today!). I felt holiday cookies were a must. Who doesn’t love Christmas music and the smell of cookies while you decorate your tree? Anyways, these have always been one of my favorites. They’re quick and have few ingredients but let me warn you, they are a total MESS! I recommend that you dip your hands in the powdered sugar each time you go to roll a new cookie. Otherwise, you will end up with a ton of dough sticking to your hands to the point that you have to rinse your hands and then you waste half the dough. Also, the chilling time is an absolute must as well as ensuring that you chill between each batch if you are doing them a batch at a time. See the recipe below and enjoy!
Gooey Butter Cookies
- 1 8oz block of cream cheese
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 1 yellow butter cake mix
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- Pre-heat oven to 350F.
- Beat cream cheese in mixer by itself until creamy. This allows it to cream some by itself and I think it helps with adding in the butter. Add softened butter and mix well.
- Add in the vanilla extract and egg, mix well.
- Dump in half the cake mix and mix well, then add second half. Mix until well combined.
- Allow dough to chill for one hour.
- Place powdered sugar in a separate bowl.
- I always use parchment paper on my cookie sheets and I would recommend that you do it as well as it helps keeps your cookies soft.
- Brush hands with powdered sugar and roll dough into 1 inch balls. Be sure to brush hands with powdered sugar between each cookie. I used my Pampered Chef medium scoop for these (roughly 2T) and it worked great.
- Place balls on baking sheet and bake for 13 minutes. Keep in mind that cooking times may vary. You want to bake these until they are a little golden on top. I allow mine to rest on the cooking sheet for a couple minutes even after I remove them from the oven.