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! Made with a handful of simple ingredients and quick and easy to make. Perfect for Christmas cookie exchanges!

    gooey butter cookies on a white counter

    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!

    To Make These Gooey Butter Cookies, You Will Need:

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

    • Cream cheese
    • Butter
    • Vanilla extract: Pure is preferable over imitation.
    • Egg: Free run / organic if you can
    • Butter recipe golden cake mix
    • Powdered sugar: Also known as confectioners’ or icing sugar

    How to Make Gooey Butter Cookies

    It only takes 10 minutes to make the dough for a batch of cookies.

    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.

    The baked cookies on parchment

    A Traditional and True Gooey Butter Cookie Recipe

    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.

    Cookies Made With Box Mix

    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!

    Top shot of baked cookies ready to eat

    Can You Make The Cookie Dough Ahead Of Time?

    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

    Top 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.

    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 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.
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    Course: Dessert, Snack
    Cuisine: American
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 8 minutes
    Total Time: 18 minutes
    Servings: 36
    Calories: 99.15kcal

    Ingredients

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

    Instructions

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

    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.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 99.15kcal | Carbohydrates: 12.18g | Protein: 1.08g | Fat: 5.21g | Saturated Fat: 3.1g | Cholesterol: 18.23mg | Sodium: 147.58mg | Potassium: 17.04mg | Fiber: 0.17g | Sugar: 6.58g | Vitamin A: 169.65IU | Calcium: 37.52mg | Iron: 0.34mg
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    Originally posted December 2013, updated October 2019

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