Total Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Cook Time: 25 minutes total (about 8 minutes per pan)
Even at a young age, I loved being in the kitchen and helping with whatever task I was given. Needless to say my Mom is an amazingly patient and loving woman. I am so thankful that she took the time and energy to teach me even the most basic cooking techniques. I can remember the various versions of this recipe until she had it “just right.” I have loved this recipe for a very long time. Some of my fondest childhood memories involve this recipe. I can remember watching the old clay-mation Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and during the “scary” parts I would run to the kitchen and “assist” my Mom while she baked these cookies. Mostly I think I just sampled during the “non-scary” parts. It is very simple and one of those “mostly from scratch” recipes. However, it is one of the most unique and delicious cookie recipes I’ve ever encountered. I love bringing this to an old fashioned cookie swap around Christmas time. Everyone always skips over them thinking they are just a simple sugar cookie – they do appear very similar. That is, until one person takes a bite and then the plate is usually empty within 15-20 minutes. It is a very moist cookie – delicate, delicious and easy to make.
What you will need:
1 8oz package of cream cheese (at room temp)
¼ cup softened butter (1/2 stick)
1 egg yolk
¼ teaspoon vanilla
1 box butter recipe golden cake mix
In a large bowl, cream the cream cheese and butter with your mixer. Add egg yolk, cake mix and vanilla. Drop by the teaspoonful onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes. Pull them out as soon as they start getting golden brown AROUND THE EDGES. If you like your cookies more firm – let the tops get a little golden brown. If you’re like me though and you love a moist and yummy cookie – pull them out when the edges are golden brown. They will also be golden brown on the bottom. Leave them on the cookie sheet for at least 20 minutes. The heat from the pan will continue cooking them and they will firm up nicely.