Gooey Monster Cookies

img_2922Yesterday I went to a cooking class and learned such cute and delicious, but easy recipes to use for Halloween. I have made cookies from a cake mix before but really didn’t  like them too much, UNTIL NOW! The cream cheese does the trick. The instructor teaching us these cute little “tricks” used Candy eyeballs that she got on the baking isle at Walmart “witch” made them so cute.  Be sure to use  gel (instead of water based )food coloring to the dough, as the water base will change the consistency of the cookie dough.

Ingredients

1 box Duncan Hines Cake Mix

1/2 cup butter, softened

8 oz of cream cheese, softened

1 egg

1/2 (I used 1 teas) teas vanilla

Powdered sugar

Gell Food Coloring

Candy Eyeballs or other sprinkles that you like

 

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350.

Beat the softened butter, cream cheese and egg until light and fluffy. Mix in the dry cake mix. Beat until well mixed. Divide batter between individual bowls for the different colors you want to make.  Add the food coloring to your desired shade of dough. Stir well to blend.

Chill dough for 30 min to 1 hour, covered. Roll into balls (about 1″ in size) and dip in the powdered sugar, being sure ball is pretty well covered in the powdered sugar. Place on lightly greased cookie sheet and pat down with the bottom of a glass to flatten it a bit.

Bake at 350 for about 9-10 minutes. Add candy eyeballs or sprinkle when cookies are still warm.

*I have found when cooling cookies, that they tend to not get as crisp if I cool them on paper towels instead of just cooling racks. We like soft cookies so I never use cooling racks.

 

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