Over the weekend I decided to bite the bullet and try making a batch of cake-mix cookies.
Based on the reviews for this recipe for Gooey Butter Cookies - I assumed they'd be the easiest/yummiest cookies I've ever made.
That wasn't the case.
The cookies were a piece of cake to prep, but really no easier than any other cookie I've made from scratch. Also, the baking time really threw me for a loop. From the reviews I knew I wanted to avoid over-baking at all costs - but when I popped the cookies out of the oven after the allotted baking time, the cookies were a raw/gooey mess.
I ended up baking each batch for about 20 minutes, and the cookies were still a bit too soft - but maybe that's just the nature of gooey butter cookies (?).
Even though these cookies seemed a bit imperfect to me, the end result was tasty and the cookies went fast. However, they weren't amazing enough to sell me on cake-mix cookies.
Note: I found the added step of refrigerating the dough before dropping it in the powdered sugar (which some reviewers recommend) to be uneccessary - since I used a cookie scoop and therefore didn't really have to worry about stickiness. Also, these are incredibly rich cookies! Eat at your own risk :)