Monday, June 30, 2014

Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies (Paula Deen)

Chocolate cookies with sugary crackling tops! Seeing these, you must be thinking... didn't I (Zoe) just baked and blogged about these for our recent bake-along.

Deja vu? NO!!! I promise you that these are different chocolate cookies...

chocolate gooey butter cookies Paula Deen
Chocolate gooey butter cookies (A recipe by Paula Deen)

Yeah... My son thought the same too, thinking that these cookies are the crisp chocolate bites that I had baked previously. After having a bite, my boy gave me a confused look...

Is this a cookie?

Or a cake?
It's not a cookie because it tastes like a cake!

It's not a cake because it looks like a cookie!
It's chocolaty!

Mum: Sweetie, these are chocolate gooey butter cookies!!!
Boy: I like how you surprise me with your baking...

My son is right! These chocolate crackle look-alike cookies doesn't taste the same like traditional cookies or crisp chocolate bites that I had baked previously. The addition of cream cheese in higher proportion than butter makes these cookies soft, milky, tender and gooey like the cakey type of brownies. It is so cakey that I think they taste like little chocolate pound cakes too. Being moister than most cookies, the sugary coating blend well into the cookies when they are consumed creating a melting taste rather than a sugary crunch or crisp.

These cookies are rich in flavours but not heavy in their texture. Great to enjoy whenever you like as they will stay soft and gooey in regardless.

Tomorrow is 1st July 2014!!! How scary is that? Half of 2014 just went like this...

I'm sure that June has been a busy month for most of you. For some, it is a busy baking month as we have more than 344* posts linking with Little Thumbs Up (Butter) event. I must say that Jozelyn is a dynamic hostess!!! She is so energetic and active for the whole month of June!!! Whenever I visit any of the linking posts, I can see that she had visited them. At times, I see that she has been inviting butter-baking participants to link with her too... Thanks, Jozelyn! Doreen and I are so happy to have you hosting Little Thumbs Up.

Besides Jozelyn, I have also discovered another wonderful event hostess and she is Diana from Domestic Goddess Wannabe. Both Joyce and I agreed that we have a great time cooking with Diana for Cook Like a Star (Paula Deen) this month. Although we have a decreasing number of 38 posts linking with us for this event, it is fruitful event as we all have a taste of comforting Southern American cuisine from Paula Deen's recipes. However, the decreasing number of participation in Cook like a Star has prompted me to do something sad... Sad because I have decided to end Cook like a Star events by the end of 2014! ... meaning Cook like a Star -Bobby Flay (Nov 2014) will be the last event for all. Thank you all for your participation.

Having said that, please don't stop cooking like a star yet!!! We are still cooking and baking with Gordon Ramsay's recipes for Aug 2014 and Bobby Flay's recipes for Nov 2014...

What after Nov 2014??? Not to worry... There will be plentiful of events to link!!! Little Thumbs Up will be continuing. Yen from Eat Your Heart Out, Diana from Domestic Goddess Wannabe and I are starting a new event for Christmas and Chinese New Year. We will blog about the details of these events nearer to Christmas.

* will update the final number after 1 July 2014

These cookies are made with cream cheese and butter.
... and homemade chocolate cake mix!
To start, cream butter, cream cheese and egg.
Then, mix in the homemade cake mix.
Coat each tablespoon of batter with icing sugar.
... and bake!
Always gooey! My son and I were happy enjoying these...

Here's the recipe mostly adapted from Food Network
(half of the original recipe and also converted into grams)

Makes 20-22 cookies
125g cream cheese, at room temperature
60g butter, at room temperature
half an egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
270g moist chocolate cake mix (see below)
icing sugar, (30-40g or 1/3 cup should be sufficient for coating and also extra to serve)

In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Beat in the egg. Then beat in the vanilla extract. Beat in the cake mix. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hrs to firm up so that you can roll the batter into balls.

Preheat oven to 350°F or 160°C fan forced.

Using a cookie scoop or hand, scoop or roll the chilled batter into tablespoon sized balls and then roll them in confectioner's sugar. Place on a baking tray lined with baking paper, 2 inches apart. Bake for 12 mins. The cookies will remain soft and "gooey." Cool completely and dust with more icing sugar, if desired.

Note: I reckon the sweetness of these cookies are just right for us and so I didn't dust extra icing sugar after baking.

My Homemade Chocolate Cake Mix inspired and adapted from Jamie Deen's One Bowl Chocolate Recipe.

Make 270g
100g cake flour (with 7-8g protein content)
125g icing sugar
30g unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Valrhona Dutch processed ones)
15g milk powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Weigh out the above ingredients. Combine all in a clean container. Store at room temperature until ready to use.

Happy Baking
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This post is linked to Cook like a Star (Paula Deen and Deen brothers theme) organised by me, Bake for Happy KidsJoyce from Kitchen Flavours and Diana from Domestic Goddess Wannabe

This post is also linked to the event, Little Thumbs up organised by Doreen from my little favourite DIY and me, Bake for Happy Kids, hosted by Jozelyn from Spice Up My Kitchen at this post.


Only for this month (June 2014), Little Thumbs Up event starts on 1st June until the last day of the month. Please join us! To join, simply cook or bake any recipe with the theme of the month which is BUTTER for June 2014 and link with us at this post anytime until 30th June 2014. 

Don't forget your thumbs up or display this badge! And make sure that: (1) Your post must be a current post preferably within this month. (2) Please mention Little Thumbs Up in your post and link back to Bake for Happy Kidsmy little favourite DIY or/and Jozelyn from Spice Up My KitchenFor more details, please see this.

What after June 2014? Jasline from Foodie Baker will be the next hostess of July 2014 and her theme is POTATO! Her Little Thumbs Up event starts on first Tuesday of July 2014 until the last day of the month. 


  1. wow..they look so lovely and delicious....drooling here

  2. I am so glad you made the Gooey butter cookies. I wanted to make a Gooey-something but I ran out of time and you know, even though we have come to the end of CLAS with Paula, I will still be using many more of her recipes in the days to come. I have become a fan of her no-nonsense but so yummy cooking! Thanks for the chance to host with you and Joyce this month! It;s been fun :)

  3. Hi Zoe,
    Yes, at a glance, these look like the Crisp Choc Bites! I can see this is the irresistible gooey version! Buttery and chocolaty, sounds pretty good to me! :)
    It has been a delicious month of cooking with the Deen Family. :)

  4. Oh yes, these looks similar with your previous cookies.. Looks the same, especially the cracked top.. But I know they are different coz this one's got cream cheese! Yummeh! Reminds me of the cream cheese+chocolate brownies. Yep, July is tomorrow.. June has not been a good month for me, with G's hospitalization and all, hope the coming months are better each passing day :)

  5. You know, you last pic looks like a small piece of cake....because of the texture look. Whether it is a cake or cookies, I am sure this cookies are sure a winner to the children as well as adults. It must be very addicted too.

  6. Oh! These cookies look so chocolatey and gooey :D

  7. Sad that CLAS will come to an end soon, but will be ooking forward to join in any new events you're organizing. You're a great host. Thank you.

  8. Your cookies look very tempting! In fact the temptation is getting difficult to resist especially with the previous one still in mind :))

  9. "hanor hanor"... initially i thought you baked the cookies again.. but realised you just posted this... this sounds indeed different from the precious ones... nice change in texture.. a crispy and a gooey...

  10. yummy cookies and i want this type one

  11. Yummy! I like that these cookies so fudgy inside :)

  12. Hummm, which cookie recipe I should try baking first? this one or W&S cookies? Both look wonderful!

    1. Hi Nippon Nin,

      You can try baking both. It is true that both are wonderful but personally, I like the PD ones more. I must say that their cakey texture is very comforting to indulge in our wintery weather :D


  13. Hi, Zoe, thanks for giving me this opportunity to host the LTU event, I am so glad that together we have make this event a successful one! Actually I have few bakes that I would like to do but due to time constraints, I have put them on hold, may be in future LTU event or any baking event, I could share those bakes!
    I love your idea of freezing the batter then coat it with icing!

  14. these cookies look cakey, must be yummy!

  15. WOW!!! I will try this recipe!! (I would like to eat some of these cookies now!!)

  16. It's chocolate cake cookie! I love you for this one, Zoe ^.^

  17. Hi Zoe! These are the kind of cookies I would pile on a plate and eat them in front of the TV hah..hah....

  18. These look delicious! Anything with 'chocolate' and 'gooey' in the title has my immediate attention :D x

  19. Hi Zoe,
    This is my kind of cookies, Gooey and chocolatey.
    I brought my glass of cold milk, can I have a piece of your yummy cookies?

  20. Now here is a comfort desert for my family. Perfect for a picnic, or have freinds over during on weekend.