When it comes to Christmas cookies, there’s just about nothing that’s easier (or more delicious) than gooey butter cookies. These cookies, which are made from just a few simple ingredients, are soft, moist and delicious. They’re always a hit with friends and neighbors!
Our favorite recipe for gooey butter cookies sticks rather closely to the original. In a medium bowl, cream together 1 stick of softened, unsalted butter and one 8 oz. brick of cream cheese. Add one box of yellow cake mix (or 3 cups of our gluten-free vanilla cake mix), 1 egg and 1/2 tsp. of vanilla extract. Mix the batter until a soft, smooth dough forms, then add our super-special secret ingredient: 1-1/2 cups of mini cinnamon chips.
Scoop rounded teaspoonfuls of dough, roll them into balls and roll the balls in powdered sugar. Bake the gooey butter cookies at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 11-13 minutes. Transfer the cookies to a cooling rack, and let them cool completely before serving.
Of course, the beauty of these cookies is that they’re flexible! Choose a chocolate cake mix (or gluten-free chocolate cake mix) and sprinkle the cookies with crushed organic candy canes for a minty chocolate cookie! Lemon cake mix with yogurt chips is also a delicious combination!
What are some of your favorite quick and easy holiday recipes?