gooey butter cookies

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
Author Julie Blanner


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


  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.