Gooey Butter Cookies

Three years ago I was in St. Louis for Urbana 2009.  We asked the concierge at the hotel where we could go for a quick lunch. She suggested a Whole Foods type grocery store.  She added, “Try the Gooey Butter Cookies, you will come back and thank me!” She was right I went back and thanked her!  I know Paula Dean makes varieties of Gooey Butter Cake and that is good, but the cookies is where it is at!

Before you start your New Year’s Resolutions to lose weight, make sure you make these cookies for your parties this week, actually they are good through out the year.

I don’t know where I found this recipe three years ago, so I am sorry I can’t give credit where it is due!

Gooey Butter Cookies

1 (8 oz) package cream cheese

1/2 cup butter (softened)

1 egg

1/4 tsp vanilla

1 (18.25 oz) package yellow cake mix (I always use Pillsbury)

Confectioner’s Sugar for rolling

– Cream together the cream cheese and butter until smooth.

– add egg, vanilla and cake mix

– Roll batter into balls and roll in confectioner’s sugar

– Bake at 350 for 8-10 min (Don’t over bake)




If you are anything like me your kitchen will probably look like it snowed.

Happy Baking!


Everybody’s Favorite Cookies

The tree is decorated, itunes is playing my favorite Christmas songs and the fire is blazing (okay, I don’t really have a fireplace, but I wish I did), what else is there to do but make some cookies.

A couple of years ago I found a recipe in Taste of Home magazine that used chocolate cake mix and thin mint cookies.  I thought they sounded pretty good so I went to get the ingredients.  When I was at the store, I couldn’t find any thin mint type cookies, so I opted for York Peppermint Patties.  Sounded good to me!  Thus I created “Everyone’s favorite Cookies.” My nephew loves these cookies so for a long time we called them Ben’s Favorite Cookies until my sister declared that they weren’t just Ben’s favorite, but everyone’s favorite.

Here is what you will need. Devil’s Food Cake Mix, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup butter (s0ft), 1 TBS water and confectioner’s sugar for rolling

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Mix water, softened butter and cake mix together with a mixer.  Add egg and a little vanilla if desired.

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My parent’s brought me my Kitchen Aid, I am so happy.

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Roll into balls, the smaller you roll them the more you will get.

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Roll in Powered Sugar

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Bake at 350 for about 8 mins.  Honestly it is hard to tell when they are done, don’t over bake them.  Less is more with these cookies.

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Make sure you have your peppermint patties ready!

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When they come out of the oven push a patty into each one.

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Seriously how could these be bad?

Merry Christmas and Happy Baking!



Fete de Lumiere

Every year Lyon, France has a festival to celebrate Mary saving Lyon from the plague (you can see more info here).  My parents came this year so that we could enjoy the lights.  I am not a professional photographer on any level but here are some of my pics.  Enjoy!

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St. Jean is the church above, there was about a 15 min light show there. It was so cool!

Hope you enjoyed a few of my favorite pics from the Fete de Lumiere!