Little Pillows of Heaven – Make at Least 8 Dozen – And freeze!

31 Jul

gooey butter cookies have a tendency to disappear quickly!

I shouldn’t give away all my secrets, but this one is too good to leave out. These little “pillows of heaven” as they have been dubbed are as light as you can imagine, which perhaps helps explain why they absolutely fly straight out of the oven. No one can wait for these cookies to cool down. Roommates have been known to take them out of the oven half-cooked due to lack of patience. You must make at least 8 dozen if you plan to have enough for everyone who is going to want 8-12 of them. You may have to ration them otherwise!

Originally, these cookies were a special treat enjoyed once a year from my aunt in St. Louis, but this is a recipe you could whip up in no time, and as soon as my mom got her hands on this recipe, we’ve all been using it as our favorite choice when baked good are required. It’s an incredible gift or last minute treat, thanks to the ingredients. And you can make it anywhere without much fuss. I made it last summer for Steve’s family at their vacation house, when you don’t really have all the fancy ingredients and tools you might need for other baked goods. And it takes no time. I made 8 dozen at 7 a.m. a few months ago before taking my parents to the airport at 8:30 a.m.

I have some great news for those of you who have been making gooey butter cookies regularly, you can freeze them! I tested it out, and they was just as amazing as always. This is GREAT news, because who wouldn’t want a few of these stocked away for a last minute craving? Make them all the way up to the point of baking (rolled into balls and into the powdered sugar), then throw them in a ziploc bag and straight into the freezer. When your craving hits, bake them as you normally would. They are perfect! Except I can’t seem to keep them in the freezer, either.

the amazing little pillows of heaven

Here’s the recipe which makes 4 dozen:

GOOEY BUTTER COOKIES – AKA “LITTLE PILLOWS OF HEAVEN”
Beat until creamy and combined:
-8oz Cream Cheese (softened)
-1 stick butter (softened)
-1/4 tsp vanilla
-1 egg
Then mix in 1 box yellow cake mix.
Roll dough into balls the size of about 2 tablespoons (but any size works) and roll them in a bowl of powdered sugar.
Put dough balls on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 11-14 minutes.
The smaller the balls, the faster they cook (keep an eye on them browning on the bottom). The good news is that as long as they are sort of cooked, they turn out really well!
Coming soon! I’m going to make these cookies with devil’s food cake mix instead of yellow cake mix. Who wouldn’t want Chocolate Pillows of Heaven?

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One Response to “Little Pillows of Heaven – Make at Least 8 Dozen – And freeze!”

  1. Sara July 31, 2009 at 11:11 am #

    okay so i’ve made them the chocolate way before. in fact i think i will take credit for inventing the chocolate way! 🙂 i think the addition of chocolate chunks/chips is totally necessary because otherwise they taste really cream cheesy. you might have to experiment to see what you like. there were definitely some changes i would have made the last time i made the chocolate version. let me know how it works!

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