Gooey Butter Cookies Recipe

We love these Gooey Butter Cookies - so easy and so yummy! These delicious cookies include yellow cake mix and powdered sugar!

This next recipe is one that we make all the time at home. It’s quick, easy and the kids love them. They’re called Gooey Butter Cookies (aka Cake Mix Cookies). They are made with cake mix and are so moist and butter-y that I have yet to meet someone who didn’t like them.Β  If you’re looking for a quick cookie recipe that will be a hit – this is your treat! What’s great is if you’re feeling like a cookie, but not necessarily the typical Chocolate Chip kind, this one is a great substitute! They’e pretty much half a cookie and half a cupcake, and you really can’t go wrong with that.

Another reason why I LOVE this recipe is because it can be easily changed up. Based on whatever cake mix you use, you can change the flavor up. You can also add candy and sprinkles on top or in the cookies which can take them to a whole new level.

We love these Gooey Butter Cookies - so easy and so yummy! These delicious cookies include yellow cake mix and powdered sugar!

The BEST Cake Mix Cookies - so easy and so yummy!

I have tried so many varieties of these cake mix cookies in the past, so be sure to check them out at the end of the post. The Gooey Monster Cookies are especially popular with the kids, and especially around Halloween. πŸ˜‰

Gooey Butter Cookies:

4.6 from 8 reviews
Gooey Butter Cookies Recipe
We love these Gooey Butter Cookies - so easy and so yummy! These delicious cookies include yellow cake mix and powdered sugar!
Recipe type: Dessert
  • Yellow Cake Box Mix
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • 1 8 oz. Cream Cheese bar, softened
  • 1 egg
  • powdered sugar
  1. Beat butter, vanilla, egg and cream cheese until fluffy.
  2. Mix in cake mix.
  3. Chill for 30 minutes.
  4. Roll into balls and dip in a bowl of powdered sugar.
  5. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes, and sift powdered sugar on top if desired.

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Here is a chocolate version with a Rolo inside:

Β Ooey Gooey Chocolate Rolo Cookies

Oh – And I don’t want to forget – here is the bar version for this recipe:

Gooey Butter Bars

And I’ve done so many other versions you may want to try:


Ooey Gooey Butter Cookies - one of our favorite treats! They're made with cake mix, butter and cream cheese and are always a hit!

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Kristyn is passionate about sharing ALL things creative! From recipes and tips to crafts and DIY projects, Kristyn loves to share with her readers how to be creative and how to do things simply. When not creating, she is busy going on adventures with her 5 children (ages 9 to 2) and with her best friend/husband, Lorin.

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  1. 5

    These look absolutely delicious…WANT!

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  2. 6

    YUM!! My mouth is watering…these looks delicious! This would be perfect to link-up to my new series – “Create It Thursday.” It’s live now!

  3. 9

    These were a huge hit at work! Had plenty of people asking for recipe! I added white chocolate chips to them and yum!! I will definitely be making these again! Thanks so much for the recipe!

  4. 10

    I have made these and they are DELICIOUS!!!!! Love, love them. I have tried them with not only vanilla cake mix but strawberry, chocolate, lemon and mixed in chocolate chips, dried fruit, m & ms. Very versatile and always delicious!

  5. 11

    I just made these & they were so good! I made them small so 1 batch made over 60 cookies.

    • 12

      Glad you liked these!! And glad you were able to get 60 out of it! Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have a great day!

  6. 13

    I made them and they were great! I love lemon so I made them with a lemon cake mix super good!

  7. 14
    ericka finder :

    Just pulled a batch out of the oven….oh my, soooooo very good, and I’m not easily impressed!!!! Impressed now!!! Super easy as well. Am actually putting this one in my family cookbook!!!

    • 15

      You’re sweet comment made my day, Ericka! SO glad you made them and liked them. They are definitely one of my “go-to” cookie recipes. Thanks for stopping by! πŸ˜€

  8. 16

    Do you soften the butter or cream cheeses before you mix them? Or let them be at room temperature before you mix them? Thanks! They look sound so good!

  9. 18

    I am considering making either the original butter cookies, or the chocolate rolo ones. Which do you guys like better?

    • 19

      Both are SO good, but the rolo ones are really good because of the caramel center. Just depends if you’re in a chocolate-y mood or not. πŸ˜‰

  10. 20

    These cookies are the best cookies I’ve ever had. *had. I made them yesterday and now they are gone. πŸ™ Haha but thanks so much for the recipe! I dont ever want to make cookies again unless they are these lol!!!

  11. 22
    Mrs. Thurston :

    Do you dip/roll the whole ball in powdered sugar before you bake it or just one side?

  12. 24

    I honestly don’t know how many cookies this recipe makes because me & my husband kept eating them as I pulled them out of the oven! Such a great, simple recipe and the cookies were not overly sweet. 10 minutes left my cookies a little too gooey (so I baked them for 12 minutes) and the texture was perfect! If anyone is a fan of cream cheese, they will adore these cookies.

  13. 26

    sounds yummy!
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  14. 28

    Made these for a bake sale that my daughter’s Girl Scout troop is having today. These are so good, so soft and so easy to make. These will definitely be on my go-to cookie list.

    • 29

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, Cheryl. So glad you like them. They are always on my go-to cookie list! πŸ˜€

  15. 30

    These cookies are heavenly. I followed the recipe exactly, except I baked them for 14 minutes, and let me just tell you I think angles sang when I tasted them. I made these for a friend’s birthday, which was literally the only thing that (just barely) stopped me from gobbling up the whole batch right then! Seriously, I’m not exaggerating, these cookies are by far the best I’ve ever tasted, not to mention the fact that there are so many different ways you can go with it! Next time I think I’m going to try it with pumpkin bread mix in honor of fall! Thanks for the delicious recipe πŸ™‚

  16. 32

    I made these cookies using holiday funfetti mix – so cute and such a hit!

    • 33

      I’ve never tried them with the Funfetti Mix but my kids would love it. Will definitely give it a try next time I make them. So glad they were a hit! ;D

  17. 34

    These look so good! I have a box of white cake mix on hand…any chance that would work?

  18. 38

    OMG! Just took them out of the oven and tasted them….Absolutely heavenly! Thank you so much!

  19. 40

    just made these cookies and they are lovely,
    I’ve used homemade cake mix and I’ve put some lemon zest…cant stop looking at them!

  20. 42

    After you roll them into a ball and coat them with powdered sugar do you flatten them out? Or just put them on a baking sheet like that?

  21. 44

    Doing cookie trials for upcoming holiday cookie exchange party next weekend! My son and I are getting ready to make the Gooey Butter Cookies and the Chocolate Gooey Cookies, except we are going to put little mini Reese Cups in them. Just waiting for the cream cheese and butter to come to room temp. Can’t wait as they look so delicious in the picture! Thanks for posting and sharing this recipe!

  22. 48
    Linda Koester :

    I’d like to make these for Christmas. I was wondering if they freeze well?

  23. 52

    I’m going to make the butter gooey ones for my cookie exchange at work. They sound wonderful!

  24. 54

    Do you use pure vanilla or vanilla extract? Just checking because it just says vanilla. Thanks! πŸ™‚ I’m excited to make these!

  25. 56

    Made these last week for work, huge hit! They taste just like old fashioned glazed doughnuts! When you bake them with the powdered sugar it turns into a glaze like texture! Making them again this week, and the chocolate rolo ones! Thanks for a great recipe!

  26. 60

    HI! I wanted to tell you I made these cookies this weekend and they are to die for! I made them with gluten free cake mix, though. You would never know it is gluten free. They are still soft and gooey. Thank you so much for this recipe. I will be reblogging this recipe with the gluten free changes this week.

    • 61

      So glad it was a success. You will have to send me the link when you’ve posted your gluten free version so that I can add it to the post and direct people your way for the recipe. πŸ™‚

  27. 62

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! These are so good!! I love that they are easy. My daughter who is 3 loves to make cookies. I love that she want to bake but I am legally blind so most of the time it is had for me to measure out everything that is needed. We made these without any trouble!! So thank you again!!

  28. 64

    I know this post was a long time ago but I just had to comment that this is really a great recipe. We have used different flavor cake mixes and added different things in the middle of the cookies (peanut butter, marshmallow fluff, nuts, chocolate chips etc. depending on the cake mix we choose) I love that this recipe is super easy for my 7yr old to make as it doesn’t use tons of liquid ingredients. We use the recipe exactly as written and just change up the cake mix for a different flavor each time. Our grocery store was out of cream cheese last time so I grabbed the NeufchΓ’tel cheese and it still came out perfect! Thank you so much for a great recipe that has become a family favorite!

    • 65

      Your comment totally made my day. So glad I could share a family favorite recipe that could become a family favorite for you too!! Thank you for stopping by!!

  29. 66

    Just made these! Sooo yummy. Thanks for the recipe. One of my new favorites ☺️

  30. 68

    Okay, I do not bake much. I need to take cookies to church carnival. I assume you do not mix the cake mix up as the directions on the package. Do you add it dry to the cream cheese mixture?

  31. 70

    So these are just like Paula Deen’s gooey butter cookies, huh?

  32. 71

    I made these cookies today using lemon cake mix. I have made other versions of cake mix cookies before but this is by far the best one yet. They are fresh tasting, deliciously lemony and slightly tangy. This will now be one of my go to recipes and I look forward to trying other flavours of cake mix soon.

    • 72

      It’s definitely so fun to try new versions of this recipe with new cake mixes! I have yet to try lemon but will have to do that soon. So glad you liked them. πŸ™‚

      • 73

        My family liked them so well that they are already gone! Next time I’ll have to make a double recipe. Lemon is definitely a winner.

  33. 74

    Thank you so much for sharing! Saw this recipe earlier today just had to make them today! Hubby loved them and I thought this would be a great base for Strawberry shortcake and it was absolutely amazing! My new go to recipe!

  34. 76

    Just found this on line and want you to know at Weight Watchers last fall one of the members shared something similar. We used a spice cake mix (or carrot cake or similar) with one can of pumpkin and that’s all. It was very good and so low in WW points. Thanks for your version, I will try it next time!

  35. 78

    Would love to make them, but there is no recipe? Well, I can’t see one :(. Can you help me? please?

  36. 79

    I’m not seeing the recipe on here either. I’ll try to go to one of the other gooey cookie recipes you have.

  37. 82

    Just wondering add the cake/powder mix dry? Don’t make it beforehand?

  38. 84

    Have you tried this with carrot cake mix? My husband loves carrot cake and I was wondering how that would turn out…

  39. 85

    Hi I have a box of macaron mix. Can I use that?
    Also, wat if I want to add Nutella, when do I add it in? Thx

    • 86

      To be honest, I’ve never tried macaron mix and would suggest waiting til you had cake mix. And I would add just a little bit of nutella at the very end. πŸ™‚

  40. 87

    How many does this recipe make?

  41. 89

    Found this recipe via Pinterest! Any chance you’ve made a version without cream cheese? I think they sound wonderful but I really really hate cream cheese!

  42. 90

    how many cookies does it make

  43. 92

    I made these last night and while I was happy with the outcome, I had a really hard time getting the cake mix mixed in to form the dough. Do you use a stand mixer or add a little at a time or anything special? My hand mixer couldn’t handle the job and I ended up having to knead it with my hands.
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  44. 93

    Hi, I pinned your cookie on my pinterest Christmas cookie…….how big should the cookie balls be? Should they be crisp when they come out of the oven? Mine are kina rubbery……..what did I do wrong…..I whipped until creamy and then added the cake mix……………….cooled in frig for 35 min and then did the rest of what you said. I used about a two tablespoon scoop……..was it too large..thanks, sally

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  46. 97

    These are my favorite at Christmas! Always a crowd pleaser… i add white chocolate chips.. the best!

  47. 99

    how big are the balls supposed to be? I have a batch baking right now… but not sure if it will turn out right because of the size of the ball.. maybe need to cook them longer than the time mentioned in the instruction… crossing fingers… :/

    • 100

      Just seeing this. How did the cookies turn out. Mine are usually about 1 1/2 inch diameter.

      • 101

        They turned out great! Each cookie were about 3″ in diameter after baking. As for the baking time, it ended up to be 16 min. We’ve also tried the chocolate version with the rolo inside. My daughter and my mom preferred that, but I personally like this better :). Thanks!

  48. 103

    I love easy peasy and this seemed just that. However I found it too gooey to work with the dough. Also 12 minutes left me with cookies that seem quite underbaked. For my second tray I added a couple of minutes which made the cookies firmer on the outside but still gooey inside.

  49. 104

    I want to try this recipe but i would like to know if there is any replacement for egg.i mean what change do i make in the recipe if i dont want to make it with egg.

  50. 106

    A couple of questions, how many cookies per recipe and also, is the butter softened or melted!? Thanks so much, these look delicious, especially the pink for a spring bridal shower!

  51. 107
    Newbie Baker :

    Are these cookies only made with cake mix?
    What flour etc to use instead of cake mix?

  52. 109

    The whole box of yellow cake mix?

  53. 111

    What for do you need the Yellow Cake Box Mix? What’s inside? maybe I can buy something similar in my country.

  54. 113

    Do you think I could freeze these? I would like to make some funor my daughters wedding reception, just won’t have the time the day or two before to bake. If so, how long do you think tgey would hold up in the freezer?

    • 114

      To be honest, I’m not sure. I haven’t tried freezing them before. :/ I would make a batch though and test it out. I’d make some cookies 1 day and then put them in the freezer and then take them out at least a few hours a head of time 2 days after you put them in and again 3 days after just to see how they taste. πŸ˜‰

  55. 115

    Is the recipe 1x 8oz cream cheese or 18oz cream cheese?? And in Australia we don’t have Duncan Hines cake mixes, would any cake mix work? Thank you

  56. 118

    Is is possible to turn this cookie into a mini cupcake.. I’m suggesting going through all the steps down to the rolling in the powdered sugar and then instead of putting them on a cookie sheet, put them into mini muffin (or tea cake) pans.. any thoughts.. I have everything read to go but would like to make a little teacake rather than a cookie.. thanks.

    • 119

      I actually did it.. in Mini-Cupcake/Teacake tins. and it worked.. not really gooey.. but made the process much simpler than regular cupcakes.. used a small scoop but really likely not small enough just to do a teacake, so they look like mini- big top muffins. I used a vanilla cake mix and a lemon cake mix combined.. added a little Lemon essence (as well as the vanilla) and the powedered sugar made a nice crust on top.

  57. 120

    I just made these yesterday. My husband’s verdict – he’s leaving me for them. Beyond buttery, gooey and delicious!

  58. 122
    cookingrecipes :

    Hi, cant wait to make these, but I do have a question. Should the cream cheese and butter be at room temperature or out of the fridge and still firm?

  59. 124
    Kendal Forman :

    I just made these cookies and followed the exact recipe except added white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts and they were a hit by all who ate them! Very happy I found this recipe!!

  60. 126

    Trouble with lumpy not fluffy batter???

  61. 127

    My daughter is a junior in high school and the juniors put on the prom for the seniors and this weekend is prom. I volunteered to make cookies. I wanted something other than your run of the mill cookie but I also wanted easy, so of course I turned to pinterest where I found this recipe. Last night I did a trial run and I have to say they are delicious and they turned out perfectly!! I used the funfetti mix to make them look fun for prom. We ate some right from the oven and knew we found the right cookie. I do have to say that we had one this morning before school and it was even better after it had set up. They are not overly sweet and they are so delicate and pretty. Tonight when I make the cookies I may add more sprinkles to the batter for more color. I am so glad that I found this recipe and I know I will be making them again and again in many variations!

    • 128

      Thank you so much Kathy!! These would be perfect for prom!! We love these cookies so much and you’re right, they taste even better after they have set. They stay so soft! Thanks for sharing and hope they’re a hit!

  62. 129

    Wondering if I could freeze them?

    • 130

      I haven’t personally done that, so I wish I knew for sure how’d they turn out. You could possibly freeze the dough and not the cookies. Let me know what you do, I’d love to know.

  63. 131

    Its Look Amazing …!!! I will Try Next Week ..!!

  64. 133

    How do you tell when they’re done?? I put three trays in the oven at the same time (I made the monster cookies, so cute!), which at least in my oven always slows down the baking time. But I can’t tell when to pull them out….

    • 134

      If they are still jiggling in the middle, you know they aren’t done. The bottoms get a little brown, but I like mine at the lowest amount of time, rather than longer. I prefer soft cookies, over crispy. Now, since three trays are in, it may take a little longer! Hope that helps!

  65. 135

    How many cookies does the recipe make? So excited….using devils food cake & making them for a cookie party tomorrow!!

  66. 137

    I made them using a gluten free cake mix. They turned out fantastic! The folks I made them for did not have high dairy intolerance so the cake mix was the only substitution needed.

  67. 139

    LOVE these cookies & EVERYONE else LOVES them also!!! So buttery deliciously perfect.