Gooey Butter Cookies

LAST UPDATED: Dec 19, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Dec 19, 2020 | By:

Gooey Butter Cookies are the ultimate cake mix cookie made with butter, powdered sugar and cream cheese for a pillowy soft, gooey cookie you can’t resist!

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!

Made with a handful of simple ingredients and quick and easy to make. Perfect for Christmas cookie exchanges along with favorites like White Chocolate Chip Cookies, Pecan Pie Cookies, and Lace Cookies!

gooey butter cookies on a white counter

Originally posted December 2013, updated December 2020

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!

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 and Gooey Butter Eggnog Cookies!

Gooey Butter Cookies are so easy, using only a few ingredients and just 10 minutes hands on time. Unlike some gooey butter cookie recipes, this one truly is “gooey” inside! The texture is perfection.

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.

This recipe is so versatile! Mix it up using your favorite cake mix! The dusting of powdered sugar adds an extra dose of sweetness and beautiful frost.

You just need 6 simple ingredients to make these delicious cookies!

  • Cream Cheese – Full fat is preferred. You can learn how to Soften Cream Cheese here.
  • Butter – Unsalted butter is preferred, but you can use whatever you have on hand. Learn how to soften butter quickly.
  • Vanilla Extract – Vanilla adds great flavor to these cookies. You can have fun with it and use almond, lemon or orange!
  • Egg
  • Butter Recipe Golden Cake Mix
  • Powdered Sugar – Also known as confectioners’ sugar.

Variations

  • Use your favorite cake mix to to make any flavor.
  • Add candies on top just after removing from the oven.

How to Make Gooey Butter Cookies

It only takes 10 minutes to make gooey butter cookie dough!

  1. Make Dough – Cream butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add egg, vanilla and cake mix.
  2. Chill Dough – It’s a sticky dough, so it should be covered and refrigerated or frozen for 2+ hours.
  3. Make Dough Balls – Scoop dough, roll into balls and roll in powdered sugar to coat. Expert Tip: use a cookie scoop to keep it fuss free and for consistent cookie size.
  4. Bake – Cookies will appear slightly underbaked. They should be soft and tender.
The baked cookies on parchment
Top shot of baked cookies ready to eat

Make Ahead

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!

How Long Do Gooey Butter Cookies Keep?

Once the cookies have cooled to room temperature, store them in an air tight container in the fridge and they will last for about a week. They also freeze well, freeze them individually on a baking sheet or separated by layers of parchment then transfer to a ziplock bag. Defrost them at room temperature.

Three gooey butter cookies

Tips

  • If you want really gooey cookies, add ¼ cup 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.
A gooey butter cookie with a bite out of it

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

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gooey butter cookies

Gooey Butter Cookies

Author: Julie Blanner
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.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 18 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 36
Calories 99.15 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and cream cheese for 3 minutes until light and fluffy.
  • Add egg and vanilla.
  • Blend in cake mix.
  • Cover and refrigerate (or freeze) dough for 2+ hours.
  • Preheat oven to 325°F.
  • Using a cookie scoop or teaspoon, scoop dough and roll dough into 1" balls. Roll in powdered sugar to coat.
  • Bake 8-9 minutes (resist the urge to bake longer). Allow to cool 1 minute before transferring to a wire rack to cool.¼

Notes

  • If you want really gooey cookies, add ¼ cup 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.

Nutrition

Calories:99.15kcalCarbohydrates:12.18gProtein:1.08gFat:5.21gSaturated Fat:3.1gCholesterol:18.23mgSodium:147.58mgPotassium:17.04mgFiber:0.17gSugar:6.58gVitamin A:169.65IUCalcium:37.52mgIron:0.34mg
5 from 3 votes
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