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Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies

This cookie recipe comes from Paula Deen and was featured in the Food Network 12 Days of Cookies this year.  These deliciously chocolaty cookies are very easy to make.

1 (8-ounce) brick cream cheese, room temperature
1 stick butter, room temperature
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (18-ounce) box moist chocolate cake mix
Powdered sugar, for dusting

With an electric mixer, cream together the cream cheese and butter.  Beat in the egg.  Add the vanilla and cake mix, mixing on low speed until thoroughly combined.  Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Roll the dough into Tablespoon sized balls.  Coat with powdered sugar and place on a greased baking sheet 2 inches apart.  Bake 12 minutes.

Cool cookies and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Yield: 40 cookies