Gooey Butter Cookies Recipe

 These Gooey Butter cookies are made with a yellow cake mix, butter, cream cheese, and a few additional ingredients. They are so gooey, chewy, and moist – it’s impossible to resit them!

When you need a quick and easy cookie recipe, cake mix cookies are the way to go! They’re so convenient, and you can easily switch up the flavors depending on the mix—like these Lemon Cookies, or Funfetti Cookies!

Gooey Butter Cookies on plate

made with cake mix – so easy!

We love making cookies with the kids, and today’s recipe for Ooey Gooey Butter Cookies (aka Butter Cookies) are a family-favorite. They are made with cake mix, butter and cream cheese and are so soft and moist that I have yet to meet someone who didn’t like them.

If you’re looking for a quick cookie recipe that will be a hit – this is your treat (they’re just as good as our Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies and Sugar Cookies)! This cookie is 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.

For this specific recipe, we always use a yellow cake mix, and just sprinkle powdered sugar on top right when they come out of the oven. The powdered sugar melts and lightly frosts the top of the cookie.

Cake Mix Cookies with Cream cheese process pics

Making Yellow Cake Mix Cookies

We love simple cookies and love that these yellow cake mix cookies are just that.

To make them, beat butter, vanilla, egg and cream cheese until fluffy. Add the cake mix and mix until combined.

Chill for 30 minutes. Once chilled, roll into 1 – 1 ½ inch balls and roll in a bowl of powdered sugar. Place on cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Once out, sift more powdered sugar on top if desired.

Place on wax paper to cool. Before cooling and right when you take the cookies out, that is the perfect time to add candy on top. We’ve added Hershey’s kisses when we’ve made gooey butter cookies with chocolate cake mix, and they are amazing!

Yellow Cake Mix Cookies process pics

Flavor variations

The possibilities are endless when it comes to the different kinds of gooey butter cookies you can make. This is partially because Betty Crocker and Pillsbury and Duncan Hines are constantly releasing new cake mixes, which means there are more recipes to try.

Here are some of the other recipes we’ve tried using the same recipe but with a different cake mix, and adding a few toppings.

Gooey Butter Cookie Variations

Additional Tips

Storing. Once cool, place ooey gooey butter cookies into an air-tight container and place on the counter for up to 3 days. They should take soft during that time period and although they have butter and cream cheese, they do not need to be refrigerated.

Can you make a cake version of these cookies? I’m so glad you asked! You can, and it’s one of our favorites. We have a recipe for Gooey Butter Cake which uses similar ingredients and makes a delicious cake/bar version of these cookies. Check it out HERE.

Ooey Gooey Butter Cookies on plate

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

For more favorite cookies, check out:

Gooey Butter Cookies Recipe

4.96 from 41 votes
Whether you call them butter cookies or cake mix cookies, you know they are ultra yummy! These cookies are made with a yellow cake mix, butter, cream cheese, and a few additional ingredients. They are so gooey, chewy, and moist - it's impossible to resit them!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 148 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 c butter softened
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 egg
  • powdered sugar


  • Beat butter, vanilla, egg and cream cheese until fluffy.
  • Mix in cake mix.
  • Chill for 30 minutes.
  • Roll into balls and dip in a bowl of powdered sugar.
  • Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes, and sift powdered sugar on top if desired.


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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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    1. I would probably only keep in the fridge for a few days. I haven’t tried freezing the dough, so I will have to try that!

  1. 5 stars
    These were the most delish cookies I’ve had ever! They are so quick and easy and super yummy! A great Christmas cookie for the family!

    1. 5 stars
      I totally agree! These are the best cookies I’ve had in AGES. My niece discovered this recipe and gave it to us, and since then, my kids beg me every week to make a batch of these cookies. Truly a life saver for anything from after school snacks to church potlucks. Love love love!!!!😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

      1. 5 stars
        I used a sugar-free cake mix.
        I topped each cookie with a scant 1/2 teaspoon of sugar-free cranberry jelly.
        Took them to a cookie exchange.

  2. Hi
    I have made this so much in the last month especially the chocolate one and there is not one single person that has tried it that has not gone crazy over them. Thank you so much for the recipe. I wish you and yours a merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I have had at least 5 who have even asked for the recipe and has been passed along


  3. 5 stars
    These were the best of all the ones we tried, well at least that’s what I thought. They were so moist and tender. Love these.

  4. 5 stars
    OMG! My son put 3 pieces all at once. The moment I got one tray out of the oven, it lasted only 5 minutes and all gone before I can finish making another tray. Everyone in my family can’t get enough of this. I made with red velvet cake mix since it is Valentine’s Day today. It is amazing indeed. Shared some with the neighbors as well.

  5. Have not made them yet, but will definitely! Loved the video. You have great recipes and very well thought out and informative. I think we would all appreciate a video with each one in the future. I know it takes more time, but it SURE is helpful to actually see how it should be done!!!! Love your work!!!

    1. I agree about having more videos too! They do take a lot of time and effort but we are slowly adding more and more to our video recipe collection. Thanks so much for your kind words!

  6. 5 stars
    This delicious recipe provided a full circus of flavors in my mouth. However, do not eat these high and on an empty stomach … I was NOT happy the entire batch lasted only 30 minutes – & that I burnt my tongue trying to eat them too early either. I wish they weren’t so fluffy and delicious, it makes them way to easy to eat – and for these reasons, I can only give this recipe a 4*.

    1. Oh thank you for sharing! I’m so glad that you enjoyed the recipe. It is hard to just eat one of these cookies, that’s for sure! 🙂

  7. At last, someone who knows how to make them right, with a cake mix. I make ecery year at Christmas and use other flavored cake mixes for variety. My hubby like when i use a spice cake, kids like chocolate and other flavors

    1. Yes, there are so many variations you can make with different cake mixes! So fun and versatile and yummy. 🙂

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