Butter Really Does Make It All Better
By Janet Tharpe


Butter Really Does Make It All Better
Vonna Pauls' Gooey Butter Cookies


The Kitchen Crew and I recently had the sweet fortune of whipping up Laura Davis' recipe for Kentucky Butter Cake. I freely admit to having a soft spot in my heart for Kentucky, butter AND cake, so we had great expectations for this one. Well, let me tell you, we weren't let down one bit. Laura's easy Bundt cake is made up of simple, quality ingredients and topped-off with the most delectable sauce of real butter, vanilla and sugar. It's simple as simple can be, and it's that purity that makes it taste so darn good.

What's that they say? The proof is in the putting? Well, I say it's the pudding that tells the real story here.... Shyla Michelle's bread pudding, to be exact. Butter takes center stage in her recipe for Bread Pudding with Buttery Bourbon Sauce. There's just no substitute for the creamy sweetness of real butter in this one.

"This is a dessert sure to disappear off your table," says Shyla. "I own a catering company and this is by far the most requested dessert on my menu. I hope you and your family enjoy it as much as my family and customers do!"

What's not to love? Shyla starts with day-old French bread, bakes it up with goodies like raisins, nutmeg, cinnamon and pecans, then tops it with a perfectly balanced Buttery Bourbon Sauce. That's some serious comfort food. In fact, I feel more relaxed just thinking about it!

And finally, perhaps most comforting of all - and a cooks' favorite on the Just A Pinch Recipe Club - are Gooey Butter Cookies. They've been causing quite a stir and are producing smiles all across the country. These melt-in-your-mouth treats from Vonna Pauls have a crispy outside and a buttery, cake-like inside that is the perfect coffee accompaniment. Once again, simplicity reigns supreme in this celebrated recipe. Just a few ingredients - cake mix, butter, vanilla, cream cheese and an egg - become mighty when combined with a healthy helping of TLC. And with a solidly scrumptious base recipe like this one, you're free to play with additional flavors and add-ins.

"These cookies are so easy to make and everybody loves them. It's fun to experiment with different cake flavors, too," explains Vonna. She suggests trying coconut, and we figure you just can't go wrong with chocolate... ever.

So, whatever your flavor and whatever your chosen form, sometimes simple really is best... and butter is always better.




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11 Comments

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kelly ingels kellyingels
Apr 4, 2011
so I was thinking about making them with Devils Food cake mix ? I don't know how they may turn out but I've got every thing I need to try it
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BRENDA KENT MRZ_K
Nov 15, 2010
I made these cookies and they where awesome, can't wait to make another batch, I'm gonna try them with coconut,I'll let you know how they turn out...
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anne tepper annetepper
Nov 4, 2010
Wanda, look up the recipe and it's there, but I put cooking spray on my hands, roll them, then I have a bowl of confectioner sugar, roll them in it and bake for about 10-12 minutes. really easy and light.
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Wanda Murfin wlm777
Nov 2, 2010
The Gooey Butter Cookie recipe sounds wonderful but I could not find any intructions as to the the time they are baked and how to form them = roll them??? or what??
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anne tepper annetepper
Oct 21, 2010
I made these cookies with the intention of sending them to my Brother-n-law who just had surgery but they never made it past the kitchen... Nor did the other 3 batches:) You MUST try them frozen! Nice and cool but not hard at all, just sort of melts in your mouth. I made them with the choc.cake mix which I didn't like but my family did and I also made a batch and put a drop of jam in the middle. FAILURE...