Gooey Butter Cookies Recipe

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 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 1/2 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

4.92 from 25 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


  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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Kristyn Merkley

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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  2. 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!

  3. 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!

    1. 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!

  4. 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!!!

    1. 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! 😀

  5. 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!

    1. 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. 😉

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Oh.My.God.
    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 🙂

    1. 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

  10. 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?

  11. 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!

      1. They turned out great – big hit with my son and husband. Definitely making them for the party next weekend. My little boy has christened them “chocolate pillow cookies.” 🙂

      1. Thanks, I’ll give it a try and let you know. They look so good, I can see how they never made it to the freezer! 🙂

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

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

    1. 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. 🙂

  15. 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!!

  16. 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 Neufchâtel cheese and it still came out perfect! Thank you so much for a great recipe that has become a family favorite!

  17. 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?

  18. 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.

    1. 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. 🙂

      1. 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.

  19. 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!

  20. 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!

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

    1. 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. 🙂

  22. 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!

  23. 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.

  24. 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

  25. 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… :/

      1. 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!

  26. 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.

  27. 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!

  28. 5 stars
    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?

    1. 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. 😉

  29. 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

  30. 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.

    1. 4 stars
      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.

  31. 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?

  32. 5 stars
    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!!

  33. 5 stars
    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!

    1. 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!

    1. 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.

  34. 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….

    1. 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!

  35. 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.

  36. The recipe tutorial on Facebook shows two sticks of butter…the acftual recipe calls for 1/2 cup of butter (one stick). Which is correct?

    1. I have not tried. I wish I knew for sure. I think freezing the dough would be ok, then you can roll them into the powdered sugar before baking them. I just don’t know how long they’d last.

  37. 5 stars
    I just made these cookies using an orange cake mix. I sprinkled them with purple dusting sugar. They look and smell delicious. My son is getting married in a couple of days and I’m having them a Clemson tigers rehearsal dinner. These will be a great part of my dessert bar, if they make it to Friday.
    Thanks for the recipe.

  38. Hi just make these with lemon cake mix so yummy..but the dough is really sticky was wondering if I did something wrong thanks

  39. Your video for gooey butter cookies shows using 2 sticks of butter. Your recipe asks for 1 stick. Which is it? I want to make them today.

  40. Looking to make the Gooey butter cookies. The FB video shows 2 sticks of butter, isn’t that 1 cup and the recipe calls for 1/2 cup.
    Is the video a double batch?

  41. OMGeeeee! These r the bomb! I agree, they taste like a glazed donut. Can’t wait to try different cake flavors! Thank you for the recipe ????✌????

  42. Hi there! I just found these Gooey Butter Cookies and this will work well for family grad parties and weddings coming up. Anyway can you tell me if these can be frozen well or should I make them closer to the parties? I am not a great baker and this looks like one I can make quickly. Thanks so much for your help! 🙂 Patty

    1. They are perfect for everything!! They are the best! I have not tried freezing them. I would make a batch & test them out, to see how well they are after freezing them. They really are easy to make, so maybe you could make them when you need them, then freeze some?

  43. your video shows beating two sticks of butter with the cream cheese. the recipe calls for l/2 cup butter which is one stick.???????????

  44. 5 stars
    I took these to a church function & the ladies couldn’t get enough! i had so many wanting the recipe. I am usually a chocolate person, but these are right up there with them. they are super soft & melt in your mouth!

      1. I plan on making these early next year. I’ll let you know what my grandson and granddaughter think of them. Thank you for such a quick response. Have a Happy Holiday.

  45. I made these tonight for work tomorrow. I have a friend who is vegan so I altered the recipe:
    Vegan butter
    Vegan cream cheese
    1/4 apple sauce for the EGG
    I am not Vegan, and most vegan food I have tried I haven’t really cared for, but these turned out really delicious!

    Since It is Christmas time, I used red velvet cake mix. Very festive!

    I also made the cookies using your recipe with chocolate cake mix. So yummy!!

    Thanks for sharing your recipe!!

  46. I have a Batch in the oven as We speak . The recipe says 1/2 cup of butter but your video shows two sticks and that woukd be a full cup . So which is it . I only put one stick i hope i didNt ruin this

  47. Can these be made without the cream cheese? Looking for more of a butter cookie and don’t want the cream cheese or sugar to over power the butter from it since the recipe doesn’t call for a lot butter. Tried a butter cookie recipe for Christmas eve and there were terrible, trying to redeem myself. Thank you.

  48. Your recipe says 1/2 cup butter which is one stick but on youR video you sHow two sticks of butter along with the cream cheese??‍♀️

  49. These cookies are absolutely delicious. They would also be good with some lemon, gooey lemon butter Cookies.

    Thank you,
    Mrs Ruggieri

  50. 5 stars
    Just took these out and they are amazing. I live in a gluten free household and this recipe works well with a gluten free mix. i added mini chocolate chips and it is perfect. Thank you for sharing. I am looking foward to adapting and making all kinds of flavors of cookies with this recipe. my husband, and grandkids are excited to have good cookies in the house.

  51. this looks really mouthwatering but I have a question. The recipe calls for 1 stick of butter but the video shows two sticks of butter … Which is correct? Thanks!

  52. 5 stars
    These are amazing!! I used the butter flavor cake mix. The first time, i only chilled the dough for an hour, and it was really stickY still and very difficult to Work with, but the cookies came out delicious anyway. The second time, I maDe a doIble batch and let the dough chill for 2 1/2 hours or so. The dough was much easier to work with. And once again, delicious!! Even my hUsband, who doesn’t care for things with cream cheese in it, loved them.

  53. 5 stars
    i found this recipe before Christmas. I made these for my Christmas cookie trays. Everyone loved them. They are delicious and addicting. These are super easy to make and are my new favorite cookies. Thanks for the recipe.

    1. I wish I knew for sure. There are many factors that can make cookies flat, such as: not refrigerating the dough, using margarine instead of butter, over-beating the dough, etc. Did you happen to do any of these? Did you press them down at all?

  54. 5 stars
    these were sooo good and super easy to make. but i’m a little confused y u use 2 sticks of butter in the video but ur recipe only calls for one. next batch i guess i’ll try it with 2 sticks instead

  55. 5 stars
    Just made these cookies tonight and adore them. 🙂 Made a lemon-lime glaze to drizzle on top once they cooled down. So good!

  56. 5 stars
    O-M-G! These are my family’s favorite cookie recipe! My kids call them “Cloud Cookies” because they‘re so light and fluffy. It is a staple in our family’s recipe collection. Thank you for sharing!

  57. Hi!!! I love theae recipe but i winder if yiu have your recipe for the cake box? I hate buying Them if they aren’t on sale….thoughts?

  58. 5 stars
    In your video it shows two sticks of butter Which woUld be 1cup, in the recipe it says 1/2 cup of butter. Please provide clarity.
    Thank you:)