Gooey Butter Cookies

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  • Gooey Butter Cookies are thick, pillowy cookies made with cream cheese and powdered sugar, with just a hint of cake batter flavor. This Gooey Butter Cookie recipe is a favorite for Christmas but can (and should be) enjoyed all year!

    gooey butter cookies

    Growing up in St. Louis, Gooey Butter Cookies have always been a staple – especially around the holidays. You’ll find them at local bakeries, cookie exchanges and in our kitchen each Christmas!

    The gooey butter cookie dough is among one of my favorites to make in advance. I like to freeze it, which allows me to bake on demand for a last minute neighbor gift, cookie exchange or company! You just never know when something might pop up in December!

    gooey butter cookies with cream cheese and powdered sugar

    Gooey Butter Cookies are so easy, using only a few ingredients and just 10 minutes hands on time. This Gooey Butter Cookie recipe was my mom’s, which is a favorite of mine. Unlike some gooey butter cookie recipes, this one truly is “gooey” inside! The texture is perfection.

    These Gooey Butter Cookies are made with a shortcut, too!

    What could be better? Yes, this Gooey Butter Cookie recipe starts with a box of Butter Recipe Golden Cake Mix! You’d never know they weren’t made from scratch. You just add butter, vanilla, egg, cream cheese and roll in powdered sugar!

    gooey butter cookies

    Tips to Make Gooey Butter Cookies:

    If you want really gooey cookies, add 1/4 c powdered sugar to the batter and increase bake time by one minute.

    This cookie dough is best when cold. It makes it easier to work with and produces a fuller cookie.

    Use a cookie scoop if you have one to avoid sticky fingers and make consistent size cookies.

    To make clean up a breeze, I line my cookie sheets with parchment paper.

    gooey butter cookies

    This recipe is an adaptation of my (mom’s) gooey butter cake which doubles as a breakfast danish! You’ll also love my Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cookies!

    gooey butter cookie with bite out

    Hopefully these become your favorite too! I love sharing recipes that are hometown classics, and important to my family, too. They are delicious cookie, and they’re perfect for Christmas and beyond.

    Gooey Butter Cookies

    Gooey Butter Cookies have long been a St. Louis favorite where I was born and raised. They're thick, pillowy cookies made with cream cheese and powdered sugar with a hint of cake batter flavor.
    Course Dessert
    Cuisine American
    Keyword christmas, christmas cookies, cookies, cream cheese, easy recipe, gooey butter
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 8 minutes
    Total Time 18 minutes
    Servings 36

    Ingredients

    • 1 8 oz cream cheese softened
    • 1 stick butter softened
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 1 egg
    • 1 box butter recipe golden cake mix
    • powdered sugar

    Instructions

    1. Cream butter and cream cheese.
    2. Add egg and vanilla.
    3. Mix in cake mix.
    4. Refrigerate/freeze for 2+ hours.
    5. Scoop dough and roll in powdered sugar.
    6. Bake 8-9 minutes {resist the urge to bake longer} at 325 degrees.

    Recipe Notes

    If you want really gooey cookies, add 1/4 c powdered sugar to the batter and increase bake time by one minute.

    This cookie dough is best when cold. It makes it easier to work with and produces a fuller cookie.

    Use a cookie scoop if you have one to avoid sticky fingers and make consistent size cookies.

    To make clean up a breeze, I line my cookie sheets with parchment paper.

    Originally posted December 2013, updated December 2018

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