St. Louis is famous for thier gooey butter cake. It's traditionally served as a coffee cake and not as a dessert. Sort of like a cheese danish, but better. Traditionally, it was made with a sweet yeast dough as the bottom and the gooey butter portion on top. Today, it's most often made with a yellow cake on the bottom.
For the gooey butter cookies, I took the basic ingredients for a gooey butter cake and mixed them all together and baked them as cookies. Sort of a variation of the cake mix cookies I made for the Smith Island cookies.
These cookies are soft and rich. The tang of the cream cheese doesn't really come through, but rather seems to amplify the yellow cake flavor. When Trusty Tastetester #2 (aka, my mom) initially tasted the cookie, she hated it. Then, the flavors settled in her mouth and she was in love. Two more cookies later, she finally decided that they were delicious.
I mean, seriously look how soft and gooey they are inside. Who can resist that?