Gooey Butter Cookies Recipe

The Arch. The Cardinals. The Rams. The Blues. Delmar Loop.  The Hill.  Forest Park.  City Museum.  The Zoo.  Fabulous Fox.  Magic House. Imo’s Pizza.  Ted Drewes.  Gooey Butter Cake.  All things St. Louis.  I’m participating in the 4th annual Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, and I wanted to send a local goodie to my matches.  Since the Arch, Yadier Molina, frozen custard, or thin crust pizza aren’t very shippable, I decided to make Gooey Butter Cookies.

gooey butter recipe

The premise for the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap is that you bake three dozen cookies and send a dozen each to three different bloggers while receiving three dozen cookies from other bloggers.  Lindsay at Love & Olive Oil and Julie at The Little Kitchen are the geniuses who host this cookie swap.

The most important part of the cookie swap is that it benefits Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a national non-profit organization committed to funding new therapies used in the fight against pediatric cancer, which claims the lives of more children in the US than any other disease.  There was a required four dollar minimum donation required and 100% of the donations went directly to CFKC.  Also, big thanks to OXO, Dixie Crystals, California Olive Ranch and Brownie Brittle for sponsoring!

Last year I made Fudge Crinkle Cookies.

The cookies I received this year were delicious.  I shared some, but ate most myself. 🙂


As most of you know, I’m the queen of easy recipes.  If it’s too complicated, I’m out.  Time is precious these days, especially as a full time working mom.  My gooey butter cookies?  Super easy.  The dough should be refrigerated for a couple of hours, so I usually prepare the dough the day before, when I have time, then quickly assemble the cookies and pop them in the oven.  And then I eat all the cookies.  And the dough.

gooey butter cookies

Gooey Butter Cookies Recipe

~makes approximately 3 dozen small cookies


  • 1 box golden butter cake mix
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • powdered sugar


  1. Combine all ingredients (except powdered sugar).
  2. Chill for at least two hours.
  3. Roll into 1-inch balls and roll in powdered sugar.
  4. Bake for 10-12 minutes on 350.
  5. Sprinkle with additional powdered sugar when cooled.

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Have you ever had gooey butter cake or cookies?

Linking up with Healthy Diva for Marvelous in my Monday.

blogger bake sale to benefit a couple struggling with infertility

Long post title, but I wanted you to know what it was all about.  Alice from A Mama, Baby, & Shar-pei in the Kitchen reached out and asked if I would donate something to her blogger bake sale to benefit her good friends Becca & Joel who need to raise money for a procedure in order for them to have a baby.  As someone who struggled with infertility, I know all too well the pain that is endured and the costs that can be involved, and I was eager to do a small part in order to help.

The bake sale will begin at 8 am CST on Thursday, December 12th (TODAY!), and will go all day until 9 pm PST.  Each item will have a minimum bid of $20 unless otherwise noted.  I will be baking two dozen Fudge Crinkle Cookies to send (and I’ll probably throw in some extra goodies!).

Fudge Crinkles

To have an official bid on an item you must e-mail Alice at  Any bids left in the comments section will not be reviewed, only bids e-mailed will be considered official and affirmative.

Think of the bid as a silent auction of sorts. All buyers will have until 9 pm PST to submit their bid for the auction, and can bid as many times as they want.

Alice will be updating the current bids under each individual item of the bake sale throughout the day so that you can see the current high bid in hopes that this will encourage others to bid higher for the items they really want or bid for items that have not had a bid yet.

Winners by notified by email and each winner will then donate the specified amount on Becca & Joel’s fundraising page, “Baking for Life” at  Once the donation goes through, the blogger will send the baked goods to the winner by Thursday, December 19th. 

The winner has 24 hours to make the online donation. If in that time frame the donation is not made, the next highest bidder will be contacted.

Please go bid on some delicious goodies and/or make a donation.  Every little bit counts!

Go check out all the wonderful goodies HERE!

Thank you.

Fudge Crinkles Cookie Recipe

You guys want some cookies? Who doesn’t love cookies?  I mean seriously!  This was the first year I participated in the third annual Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, and it won’t be my last.  The premise is that you bake three dozen cookies and send a dozen each to three different bloggers while receiving three dozen cookies from other bloggers.  Lindsay at Love & Olive Oil and Julie at The Little Kitchen are the geniuses who host this cookie swap.  Today I’m sharing the Fudge Crinkles cookie recipe that I made.

Fudge Crinkles

The most important part of the cookie swap is that it benefits Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a national non-profit organization committed to funding new therapies used in the fight against pediatric cancer, which claims the lives of more children in the US than any other disease.  There was a required four dollar minimum donation required and 100% of the donations went directly to CFKC.

There were four amazing brand partners who promised to match dollar for dollar the donations to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.  They were: Oxo, Dixie Crystal, Gold Medal Flour, and Grandma’s Molasses.  These wonderful brands also generously sent us goodies to help with our baking.  Together, we raised $13,778.40 for CFKC!!!!  Itz absolutely incredible and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.

Before I share the fudge crinkles cookie recipe, let me show you the goodies I received:


Holy amazingness!  I ate an obscene amount of cookies in such a short period of time from when they arrived on my doorstep, but I did share some of them, too.

Alright, would you like the recipe now? Itz super easy and a definite crowd pleaser.  Itz an original Betty Crocker recipe and can be found HERE.

Fudge Crinkles

~makes approximately 24 cookies


  • 1 box Betty Crocker SuperMoist devil’s food cake mix
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)
  • powdered sugar


  1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick cookie sheets). In large bowl, stir dry cake mix, oil, eggs and vanilla with spoon until dough forms.  Gently stir in chocolate chips.
  2. Refrigerate dough 15 to 30 minutes, or as needed for easier handling. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll balls in powdered sugar. On ungreased cookie sheets, place balls about 2 inches apart.
  3. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until set. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. Store tightly covered.

Additional goodies to add in which would be delicious would be dried cranberries or other fruit, nuts, or white chocolate chips.  Just the plain fudge is a winner all on itz own!  And for my more visual friends or those of you who’d like to pin a how-to, here’s a pictorial play by play of the major steps for fudge crinkles.

fudge crinkles cookies

What’s your favorite type of cookie?

Muesli Fusion Breakfast Cookies Recipe

Itz the Muesli Fusion Breakfast Cookies recipe today, friends!  I’ve been Instagramming pictures the last couple days, and today is the magical day I’ll share the recipe!

Muesli Fusion Breakfast Cookies

Muesli Fusion Breakfast Cookies Recipe

~makes 12 cookies


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1.5 cups Muesli Fusion
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder


  1. Beat eggs and mash banana.
  2. Combine all ingredients and stir well.
  3. Drop dough on greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

Muesli Fusion cookie

Seriously, itz the easiest cookie recipe EVER and itz totally loaded with good-for-you nutrients!  I first learned about Muesli Fusion when I was at Blend Retreat.  They were one of our great sponsors and hosted a delicious breakfast where I ate their muesli.

These cookies are not sweet, dessert cookies as there’s NO added sugar in them (that’s a PERK, friends!).  So if you’re expecting sweet cookies, these won’t be them which is another reason why they make the perfect breakfast cookie.  However, if you need some sweetness, I’d add a tablespoon or so of honey.  Only if you NEED to… The banana in there does make them very moist which is AWESOME in cookies!

Muesli Fusion comes in a variety of flavors.  (Check them out HERE.)

At Muesli Fusion we make the best muesli by finding the perfect balance of nutrition and taste. We use just enough gently dehydrated fruits so it tastes great but isn’t loaded with sugar, plenty of nuts and seeds to add crunch without too much fat, and carefully selected thick rolled grains that hold up well when soaked.

At Blend, I received a bag of their Super Muesli which is what I used in the cookies.


Super Muesli contains oats + quinoa, almonds, chia seeds, cranberries, hemp seeds, and coconut.  There are NO added sugars and itz packed with tons of good ingredients.  I love this muesli because usually when I make cookies, oatmeal, breads, anything really, I add a ton of seeds, nuts, berries, etc.  Muesli Fusion has all that goodness in one bag!

Today, I’m linking up my recipes to the WIAW party at Peas and Crayons!

I’ve had a lot of fun using Muesli Fusion at home.  Letting it soak in milk is an easy way to get numerous nutrients in the morning or as a snack, but I also created a Muesli Fusion Summertime Parfait.

Muesli Fusion Summertime Parfait

All you have to do is layer your favorite yogurt, fruit, and Muesli Fusion!  I used Chobani honey greek yogurt, blueberries, Super Muesli, Chobani strawberry greek yogurt, strawberries, more plain greek yogurt, and topped it with more muesli and berries.

Itz tasty, itz healthy, and itz pretty!

Muesli Fusion Parfait

What would YOU do with Muesli Fusion?

I’m entering a recipe contest for Muesli Fusion and would LOVE you to repin these recipes!  Click the links below to repin.  Please, please, please, and thank you, thank you, thank you! 🙂 🙂


Another Wednesday brings us another WIAW hosted by the wonderful Jenn at Peas and Crayons.

How lucky we are! 🙂  Let’s get right to it.  Today you will see quite the variety in my meals as opposed to my usual eats that I had been repeating for the past few weeks.  Breakfast was wholesome and filling.

2 eggwhites plus 1 whole egg in between two pieces of whole grain toast.   I spread strawberry jelly on the toast and then poured sprinkled nutritional yeast on top.  Random, yes.  Delicious, yes.  Banana slices with melted peanut butter and cinnamon on top.

This week is Teacher Appreciate Week, so our awesome PTO hosted a lovely luncheon for us yesterday.   The theme was Italian and there were decorations, tablecloths, and even a pasta noodle attached to the invites.  Very clever!

Salad with creamy Italian dressing, red sauce pasta, and rolled up chicken things.  (Not sure the proper name for them.)  Oh and a few cubes of cheese that are hiding underneath the salad.  To top it off, there was a brownie that got consumed, but is going unpictured.  Snack this week has been fulfilled by my tasty date nut bran muffins I made.

I topped a plain one with cashew butter.  Yum!  I had some asparagus that needed to use before it went bad, so obviously I made Mama Pea’s Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Browned Butter.  We literally cannot get enough of it; itz SO good.  Fit2Flex recently posted a Healthy Turkey Sloppy Joe’s recipe, and seeing that this was right up Jonny’s ally, I gave it a go.  However, I did use black beans instead of pinto beans, and I added carrots, and a yellow pepper in addition to the red.

The verdict?  Very good!  However, I definitely over-served the sloppy joe’s and/or our sandwich thins couldn’t hold the filling.  The bottom piece of the bun became soggy and fell apart during the first attempt to pick it up.  But have no fear…

We still made it work!  Taco sloppy joe’s!  It was very good and I made an enormous batch, so we’ll be enjoying leftovers (and I won’t have to cook) for a couple of days.  Yay!  And I know you just know what I have been having for dessert lately…

Chocolate-chip cookies!  (Gluten-free, too.)  Speaking of… have you entered the giveaway yet?  You could win the most amazing cookie mix I have ever tasted.  In fact, three of you could win, so hurry on up and enter now.

What has your dessert been lately?

Bob’s Red Mill + A Giveaway

I sure have been in the baking mood lately and itz a good thing because Bob’s Red Mill sent me three of their products to review.

Oh, the beauty of their bags!  The flaxseed meal is something that I use all.the.time.  I literally put a tablespoon or two in just about everything I make.  Oatmeal.  Protein shakes.  Blended coffee drinks.  Cookies.  Pancakes.  Snack bars.  Even tofu nuggets!  I put flaxseed in everything because of the high fiber and omega-3 fatty acids.  Ground flaxseed is easier for the body to digest than whole flaxseeds.  Many benefits without even tasting it.  A spoonful here and a spoonful there and a spoonful everywhere.

The Date Nut Bran Muffin Mix really impressed me.  I don’t usually make pre-made mixes, but the fact that each muffin packed 2 grams of fiber and 2 grams of sugar was definitely appealing.  The bag suggested adding a banana or applesauce to make them extra-moist, and I don’t like dry muffins, so I did add one banana.  I didn’t mash it very well, but ended up loving the banana bits inside.  Plus, there are so many ways to top these tasty muffins!

  • Top 3:  Coconut butter with shredded coconut
  • Middle 3:  Peanut butter with cinnamon
  • Bottom 3:  Cake batter protein frosting with sprinkles

And they just look pretty, don’t you think?  I had fun coming up with the combinations and I can’t wait to make more and vary the toppings a bit.  Next time I will probably add applesauce to the mix and see how those turn out.  I couldn’t even decide which one to try first so I mixed and matched.  🙂

Best of both worlds!  My in-laws and Jonny gave rave reviews about these muffins and even suggested I make them for our Mother’s Day brunch.  I don’t think I’m going to bring bran muffins though… as good as they were! 🙂

My third and final product to try was the Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix.  I don’t keep a gluten-free diet or anything close to it, but I liked the idea of having a cookie mix on hand to easily whip up a batch.  Per reviews on the website, I added some vanilla (specifically, NuNaturals Vanilla Extract – 2 droppers full).  HOLY YUMNESS!

24 perfectly round, soft chewy cookies.  They were thick and substantial and delicious.  I don’t like flat, teeny tiny cookies – and these weren’t!  At all!  They were unbelievable.

You gluten-free folks have got to check these out.  Scratch that.  Everyone needs to get a bag and make these ASAP.  They were that good and you will probably be shocked that they came from a bagged mix.  Jonny asked if there was a limit to how many he could eat in one night.  I told him yes just so there would be more for me.  🙂

Because I love these cookies so absolutely much, and because Bob’s Red Mill is so absolutely generous, three readers will have a chance to make (and demolish) these mouth-watering circles of warm, chewy deliciousness.  Better yet?  This mix is not only gluten-free, but is safe for vegans, as well.  Everyone HAS to try these!

Here’s how to win.  Itz really easy.  First, become a fan of Itz Linz on Facebook  (mandatory) and then leave me a comment here telling me you did.  Want to earn extra entries?  Listed below are three additional ways that you can win.

  • Follow Itz Linz on Twitter and tweet “I want to win a bag of @Bobs_Red_Mill gluten-free chocolate chip cookie mix from @ItzLinz! Warm, chewy deliciousness!
  • Share this giveaway on your Facebook page.
  • Subscribe to Itz Linz by entering your e-mail address.

And don’t forget: three readers will win!  Be sure to leave a comment to earn an extra entry for each after you become a fan of Itz Linz on Facebook.  I hope you win!  And you.  And you.  Good luck!

*This giveaway will be open until Monday, May 14th at 6:00pm CST.  Winners will be randomly chosen and announced on Tuesday, May 15th.  Winners must contact me within 24 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be selected.*