Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cookies

My friend Holly is what I call a Foodie.  She doesn’t have a blog, so sometimes, I happen upon some of her cooking awesomeness and she lets me share it here with you.

Last week, we went to our girls group called Bright Lights (a group where we talk about being Godly young ladies, do a craft and eat a snack), and she was the host.  Each month, we take turns hosting and providing the craft and the snack.  This week was Holly’s turn and she made some awesome cookies.  She said I could share the recipe for these Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cookies.  By the time we had left her house, the whole plate of cookies was gone.



The Recipe


  • 1 Red Velvet Cake Mix
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. In a large bowl, combine butter and cream cheese until fluffy.
  3. Add egg and vanilla.  Mix it up until it is completely mixed in, then add Red Velvet cake mix and continue mixing until a dough forms.  It will be thick. Stir in the white chocolate chips.
  4. Form dough into one inch balls and rollinto powdered sugar to coat.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes and then cool on wire rack.
  6. When  they are cool, dust them with powdered sugar.

Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars – Secret Recipe

Do you have any of those “secret recipes”? In all honesty, I didn’t even know about this recipe until I was married for nearly 17 years. I’m not sure what jarred my husband’s memory, but suddenly he wanted “some of those coconut chocolate chip bars”. I had no clue what he was talking about, thus the secret. He called his mom and got the recipe and we, of course, enjoyed them immensely!

If you’d like to be let in on the secret, go on over to Free Homeschool Deals, where I shared Easy Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars.

Shhh,....Secret Recipe

“Loving Yourself” by Using Your Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker + Giveaway

[box]On Thursday evening, I will be hosting a Facebook Party along with the rest of the Mommy Time Party team.  During my part of the party (at 8:00 p.m. MT, 9:00 p.m. CT), we will be discussing “Loving Yourself”.  YOU’RE INVITED!  If you haven’t RSVP’d yet, do it right away so that you can get in on the chance to win $50![/box]

You may be wondering what Loving Yourself and using your Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker have in common?

It does sound weird.  I agree!  BUT, when I’m using myCrock-Pot® Slow Cooker on a regular basis, I’m more able to take time for myself and for my family.  Since I tend to be a Procrastinator, I don’t have the “What’s For Dinner” question haunting me at 5:00 p.m, because  I already know.

I can spend a little longer in the tub, soaking.  

I can enjoy a good book, instead of cooking.  

I can destress and enjoy life!  

If you don’t know what you would like to cook in your Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker, you could consider trying one of my Freezer to Slow Cooker recipes.  I have 6 weeks of recipes here on Sidetracked Sarah where I provide 6 Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker recipes a week, complete with assembly instructions and a shopping list.  It has been a true life saver and a way that I am able to show love for myself and for my family!  One of my recent favorites is the Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches!  My husband said I can make those for him whenever I please!  :)

Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker = Stylish!

Did you know that you can now buy Crock-Pot® Slow Cookers in lots of different colors?  It’s amazing all the different color choices there are available!

Crockpot Color Choices

This is just a sampling of the colors there are to choose from.  There are many more.  Can you imagine the possibilities?  From boring kitchen, to awesome colors and cute!  You can even add your own personal photographs to it!

Create-a-Crock from Crock-Pot® Slow Cookers


Crock-Pot® Create-A-Crock™ Slow Cookers (MSRP Starting at $29.99)

Customization meets Crock-Pot® slow cookers — the perfect solution for gifting occasions, special celebrations or just because.  Add a personal touch to mealtime or entertaining by choosing from a variety of slow cookers, expressive background designs and even uploading favorite photos.  Whether you are an avid slow cooker fan or looking for the perfect gift, Crock-Pot® Create-A-Crock™ has the perfect design to match anyone’s interests! Available in classic, digital and portable slow cookers.




I had the privilige of designing my own Crock-Pot.  The process was very simple.

  1. Go to  
  2. At the top there is an ad that says, “Create Your Own”.  Click on it.
  3. Choose which style and size of  Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker you want (I got a digital one for the first time in my life!)
  4. Select a Design (pick out the color and style)
  5. Add pictures if you like.
  6. Check Out and Pay
  7. You’re Finished!

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Here’s an example from Crock-Pot’s main page of what you can expect to create:

My New Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker!

I had the chance to go through the process of designing my own Crock-Pot.  I chose the Black, Digital 5.5 Quart  Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker.  My color design choice was Eggplant Damask.  I chose not to use pictures on my design.

Here it is!  I’m so excited to use it!

Create a Crock

The fact that it is digital gets me all giddy!  The slow cookers I currently have are missing the knob, so it’s a pain to turn it.  Now, I won’t even have to worry about it!  YAY!

Win It

Crock-Pot®  is giving one of these away!  Enter to win it in the Rafflecopter Widget below (You will need to click over to my website if you are reading on email).  The winner will get to Create-A-Crock, too!  I can’t wait to see which ones you choose!  If you buy one, be sure to send me a picture, I’d love to see it.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

I received a  Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker for review.  All opinions expressed are my own.