So like all the best pre-vegan junk food, these, in their original nonveg form, are total cholesterol bombs full of eggs and butter. After a couple weeks of subsisting on various incarnations of brownies, I've moved on to gooey butter cookies, the portable homemade form of a certain St. Louis-style coffee cake. Since Duncan Hines started adding dairy to their cake mixes a while back I kinda gave up on these, but then today I came across a milk-free yellow cake by them, so maybe all hope is not lost. Anyway, the recipe is supremely easy. You can even cut it in half if you're stingy with Tofutti (damn these local prices) like I am.
1 stick (1/2 c.) margarine
1 tub (8 oz.) cream cheese
2 t. vanilla
1 egg replacer (I used 1 1/2 t. Ener-G + 2 T. vanilla soymilk)
1 box yellow cake mix
Cream the first two ingredients together, then add the vanilla and egg replacer. When well-combined, pour in the cake powder stuff and mix until soft dough/thick batter in consistency. (St. Patrick's is Saturday, so all us Irish-American types [and anyone else from anywhere else it's celebrated with gallons of green food coloring] might like to make these this week, add in some green color, and voilà! festive dessert.)
Refrigerate a few hours, or maybe just 20 minutes if you're impatient, then preheat your oven to 350F. Scoop out globs of dough (scant 1 T. each), roll into a ballish form, roll in powdered sugar, and put on a nonstick cookie sheet 1" apart.
Bake 10-12 minutes and cool on a rack. They won't seem done, but that's where the whole gooey butter part comes in. These are always good, but even better (denser/chewier) once they've been left to sort of de-puff overnight. Dust with powdered sugar when cool.
Though I've never encountered chocolate versions in stores or in other people's kitchens, intarw3b recipes abound. Just swap out the yellow cake mix for devil's food. I'm tempted to try it with half devil's food and half brownie mix, because the whole gooey butter thing would become gooey fudge and hello, this may be the perfect brownie cookie waiting to happen.