Gooey Butter Cookies

Gooey Butter Cookies start with a yellow cake mix. Combined with cream cheese, you have one amazing cookie!

Gooey Butter Cookies have all the delicious flavors of gooey butter cake, but in cookie form. A sprinkling of powdered sugar makes them extra special!

The holiday season may be over, but I hope you’re not cookie-d out just yet. I mean, is it even possible to tire of cookies? I think not. Especially when we’re talking Gooey Butter Cookies, I’m telling you, they’re just too good to pass up!

Cookies were pretty much my jam last month – as you do when you’re a baking blogger during peak baking season. From my No Bake Cookies to Peanut Butter Blossoms and Melting Snowman Cookies to these incredible Cherry Cheesecake Cookies, it’s pretty much been a nonstop cookie assembly line in my kitchen. And one of our new faves are these delightful Gooey Butter Cookies.

Gooey Butter Cookies are a bite of gooey butter cake in a cookie. Heavenly!

I’ve long been a huge fan of gooey butter cake – you simply can’t go wrong with butter, cream cheese, and sugar, right? So when I stumbled upon a recipe for Gooey Butter Cookies, I knew they’d instantly become one of my favorites. And since Gooey Butter Cake and cookies both use a boxed cake mix, the recipes come together in no time. So they’re perfect when you’re short on time, or have a bit of a cake mix hoarding problem like I do.

Gooey Butter Cookies give you your favorite cake in cookie form. It can't get much better!

These Gooey Butter Cookies are soft, cake-like and just plain delicious. Another great thing about them is that you can play around with different cake mix flavors to recreate this cookie over and over again. This recipe works beautifully with lemon cake mix and Devil’s Food cake mix. Next on my to-do list is butter pecan, which I am betting is going to be pretty amazing.

I hope you’re with me. Resolutions aren’t worth keeping if it means you’ll never eat a cookie again. Especially a Gooey Butter Cookie.

27 Responses to “Gooey Butter Cookies”

  1. JulieD — January 19, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    These look amazing…must try these…I love soft cookies!


    • Jamie — January 19, 2016 at 5:13 pm

      They’re so easy and so good! Definitely give them a try, Julie!

  2. Kate brown — January 19, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    I am headed to the get out my peace cake mix and my apron..


    • Jamie — January 19, 2016 at 8:55 pm

      Sounds like a great plan, Kate! Enjoy!

  3. Sheila - Johannesburg SA — January 20, 2016 at 6:27 am

    I am not a fan of box cake mixtures, could you give the approximate quantities required for the “cake mix” if you want to make from scratch?


  4. Ann — January 20, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    My husband is a big butter cake fan. When I saw the recipe yesterday I knew I had to make these cookies. 
    Baked them last night, easy and sooooooo good. He loves them! 
    Thanks for the recipe!


    • Jamie — January 20, 2016 at 12:29 pm

      So glad to hear you enjoyed the recipe, Ann! Thanks so much for coming back and leaving your feedback – it is much appreciated. Enjoy those cookies!

  5. Shauna Seiler — March 17, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Do you think you could add food coloring to the mix to make them pastel colors for Easter?


    • Jamie — March 17, 2016 at 12:30 pm

      I haven’t tried adding food coloring to these cookies, but I think it will work just fine. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Morgan — April 6, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    If we make your homemade cake mix to use in this recipe do we include wet ingredients too? (Butter)…


    • Jamie — April 7, 2016 at 9:53 am

      Hi, Morgan! Yes, just follow the cake mix recipe as written. Let me know if I can help you further!

  7. Morgan — April 11, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    My cookies didn’t turn out . They were deflated, greasy and flat … Any ideas? 


    • Jamie — April 11, 2016 at 3:38 pm

      I have made these several times and never had this issue, so I am not sure what happened. May I ask what brand of cake mix you used and how long you refrigerated the dough?

  8. Claire terborg — May 1, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    Can’t get the recipe. 


    • Jamie — May 3, 2016 at 12:21 pm

      Hi, Claire! Just scroll down after you click the link, and the recipe is towards the bottom. Let me know if you need anything else!

  9. Melissa — August 20, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    LOVE THESE! I whip this recipe up all the time. I literally crave these cookies. Amazing.


    • Jamie — August 23, 2016 at 3:29 pm

      Thank you, Melissa!

  10. Tara Walker — November 5, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    Thank you so much for this wonderful cookie! I made these yesterday, just as written, and they are very good!! Too good, because I can’t eat just one! :) Thanks again!


    • Jamie — November 8, 2016 at 11:38 am

      I’m so glad you enjoyed them, Tara!

  11. ashley — December 11, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    Hi Jamie! Do you happen to know if these freeze well? 


    • Jamie — December 12, 2016 at 2:10 pm

      Hi, Ashley! I haven’t tried freezing them, but I think you could probably freeze the dough and bake when you’re ready. I hope you enjoy them!

  12. Brandy Phelps — February 6, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Love love love these cookies, I made them yesterday for Super Bowl and I was the hit of the party!!! I made a small little change by using zest of one lemon in the cake mix and a little bit a fresh lemon juice as well. After taking them out of the oven I make a powdered sugar glaze using more lemon juices as flavor and top with a raspberry and dusted with more powder suger. They were gorgeous!


    • Jamie — February 6, 2017 at 4:39 pm

      I’m so happy to hear that, Brandy!

  13. Stacey — February 11, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Is there an egg substitute available? My son is allergic to eggs but I’ve made these for s party and they are awesome!! I wish he could have them too!


    • Jamie — February 12, 2017 at 8:10 am

      Hi, Stacey! You can try 1 mashed banana for every egg or 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce. I hope your son enjoys them!

    • Jamie — February 12, 2017 at 8:10 am

      Hi, Stacey! You can try 1 mashed banana for every egg or 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce. I hope your son enjoys them!

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