Gooey Butter Pumpkin Cookies

Cookies · Desserts · Holidays · August 9, 2017

These are the easiest, softest, chewiest Pumpkin Cookies!! All it takes is a box of pumpkin cake mix, cream cheese, butter, eggs & powdered sugar. Just the right amount of pumpkin flavor in these yummy cookies!

Easy Pumpkin Cookies

Easy Pumpkin Cookies

I’m on a PUMPKIN kick. I’m apologizing now if you’re not a pumpkin lover because I may have a few more Pumpkin recipes in the works. If you love pumpkin, then you’ll be happy because every PUMPKIN recipe I’ve made so far has turned out FABULOUS!! And that means a lot coming from me because I like pumpkin but I don’t love pumpkin. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m calling this next recipe Gooey Butter Pumpkin Cookies. They’re a spin off of my Gooey Butter Cookies.ย I brought them to a church function Saturday night, and they were gone in no time. The best part about them is they are so soft and gooey and are perfect for this time of year!

These are some of the easiest cookies to make because you use a boxed cake mix, plus just a few additional ingredients. Those other ingredients includeย cream cheese (and BUTTER!!), so you know it has to be good. ๐Ÿ˜€ย I found this Pillsbury Perfectly Pumpkin Cake Mix in the Halloween section at Target. I haven’t spotted it anywhere else just yet but will let you know if I do. It’s LIMITED EDITION so if you love pumpkin I’d stock up on it. ๐Ÿ™‚ I like that it gives these cookies just the right amount of pumpkin flavor, but it’s not too pumpkin-y.


Pillsbury Pumpkin Cake Mix Cookies

How to Make Pumpkin Cookies:

I love how quickly these cookies come together! It only takes about 5-10 minutes of prep work. You do have to chill the dough for 30 minutes, so plan ahead. But other than that, they are so quick and so easy. See for yourself!

  1. Beat butter, vanilla, egg and cream cheese until fluffy. Mix in the pumpkin cake mix.
  2. Chill the dough for 30 minutes.
  3. Once the dough is chilled, roll into balls and dip in a bowl of powdered sugar.
  4. Bake at 350ยฐ for 10-12 minutes, and sift powdered sugar on top once they come out of the oven, if desired.

Easy Pumpkin Cookie Recipe

Pretty much any recipe with cream cheese and butter is a keeper in my book. This pumpkin cookie recipe is one I hope to make every year in the fall when the seasonal Pumpkin Cake Mix is out. ๐Ÿ™‚ Once you make pumpkin cookies with cake mix, you want to do it any other way!

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Pumpkin Cookies Recipe

These are the easiest, softest, chewiest Pumpkin Cookies!! All it takes is a box of pumpkin cake mix, cream cheese, butter, eggs & powdered sugar. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Gooey Butter Pumpkin Cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 163 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 1 box Perfectly Pumpkin Cake Mix
  • 1/2 c butter softened
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 egg
  • powdered sugar


  1. Beat butter, vanilla, egg and cream cheese until fluffy. Mix in cake mix.

  2. Chill for 30 minutes.

  3. Roll into balls and dip in a bowl of powdered sugar.

  4. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes, and sift powdered sugar on top if desired.

Nutrition Facts
Pumpkin Cookies Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 163 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 208mg 9%
Potassium 89mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
Sugars 10g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 5.1%
Vitamin C 0.1%
Calcium 3.2%
Iron 6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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    Liberty On Less

    These look delicious! I’m definitely going to have to try them soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Lil' Luna

      Thank you!! They were so tasty and easy to make (my fav kind of recipe!) Thanks for stopping by. ๐Ÿ™‚


    hummmmm…..delicious!!!from Spain. I love your blog. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Lil' Luna

      Yay for readers in Spain!! SO glad you like the blog. ๐Ÿ™‚


    I’m sorry if it sounds stupid but…. what makes them gooey? Like, when you bite into the cookie, is it just a little wet inside? (Wet is a bad word, I know.) I’m trying to picture. thanks!

      Lil' Luna

      LOL!! Not a dumb question at all!! They are gooey because they are very soft and moist (hate that word :/). The butter and cream cheese make them that way and instead of calling them SOFT and MOIST PUMPKIN COOKIES, GOOEY describes them better. Plus, that was what the recipe was called when my mom first found it years and years ago. ๐Ÿ™‚


    Man alive, Krystin! These look unbelievably delicious! You always have the best desserts!

    By the way, I linked to this in my own blog. Loved it soooo much! Thanks!

      Lil' Luna

      Thank you so much, Laurie! I definitely have a thing for desserts, lol. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for stopping by!

    Lisa Langston

    Hi, I HAVE to make these cookies! They are calling my name. Do you think one could freeze this dry cake mix. Since its limited edition it won’t be on the shelves long so I thought I would stock up and freeze it. What is your opinion on this?
    Thanks so much!


    These were great. I couldn’t get the right cake mix so I used “spice cake” instead. It gave them a real gingerbread flavor. Very good…

      Lil' Luna

      Oooooh, Spice Cake would be great!! Glad you liked them. ๐Ÿ™‚


      I’m trying spice cake and, added some pumpkin…smells good in the oven right now!


    Ok these look delicious! I was wondering if you could tell me what store sells that cake mix? I would love to make these and looked at one grocery store with no success!

      Lil' Luna

      I’ve seen them at Target and Walmart. ๐Ÿ™‚


    Wanting to make these for a fundraiser. Does anyone know what the shelf life is on these? Thanks

      Lil' Luna

      These cookies usually only stay good for 2-3 days max. Hope that helps. ๐Ÿ™‚


    What brand was the cake mix? I’m having a hard time finding it. I found a pumpkin creme Pillsbury mix?


      Never mind, I just realized there is a picture of it ๐Ÿ™‚ for some reason the pictures were not loading when I looked at it the first time! I still cannot find the mix, so I may try it with the pumpkin creme one and it may be a huge fail! We will see. Thanks!

        Lil' Luna

        Let me know how it goes if you use the Pumpkin Creme. I’ve seen the mix at Target and Walmart with other seasonal baking products. ๐Ÿ™‚


    Do you think a cream cheese icing would be good on these.. I want to make them for an upcoming dinner party.

      Lil' Luna

      I definitely think Cream Cheese frosting would go great on these. I would just make sure to pat them down a bit so they’re not so curved on top so they’ll be easier to frost. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Nicole Sullivan

    How many cookies does this batch make?

      Lil' Luna

      Depends on how big you make them… if smaller then close to 3 dozen. If a tid bigger, then about 2 dozen. ๐Ÿ™‚


    Hello! I accidentally bought perfectly pumpkin cookie mix. Do you think that will work?

      Lil' Luna

      Unfortunately, I don’t think it will, although I’ve never tried. :/


    What if u can’t find that cake mix??


    Hi, how much cream cheese do you use? 1.8 oz or 1/8 of the cream cheese bar


    Hi, this is Sally again…………I think it was me as the cookies did turn out great after all, and I never bake anything unless it is from scratch, but now these will always be a regular for me as being 74, it help save me many steps………………….so thanks for the reply, but they did turn out well after all. Merry Christmas, sally

    Christy Hale

    On your gooey butter cookie recipe video it shows two sticks of butter and the written recipe calls for one stick. Which is right?

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