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 resist 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

4.95 from 53 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 resist 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



  • 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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  1. Made these with Peppermint extract in place of the vanilla and decorated with melted white chocolate chips and crushed candy canes. Perfect for the holiday cookie swap!

  2. I suck at timing cookies. Is there a telltale sign they are done without wasting a batch? I love making gooey butter cake, but the cookies have less sugar, so I would love to ace making these.

    1. I usually check the sides and if they are golden in color and the top doesn’t look too glossy (like raw cookie dough still), then they are usually done. They will set up a little as they cool too.

  3. Can someone please tell me if you press the cookie down a little bit before baking? I went through the comments and watched the video and the author says she pressed her cookies down using her 3 middle fingers and her video shows her not pressing them down. I would really appreciate it if anyone can let me know? I am not a great baker so these kinds of details are pretty important to most of us amateurs! Thank you!

    1. You don’t necessarily need to press them down. As you can see in the video, they turn out great not pressed down.

  4. I tried these for the first time and they are yummy…BUT I clearly did something wrong. I know it’s a sticky dough but mine was beyond sticky and wouldn’t really form a ball. We decided chilling longer than 30 would help but even after an hour and a half they were barely workable. When cooking they spread way out as well. What did I do? Did I let the butter and cream cheese get too soft? Did I over mix? I’m not sure keeping dough in fridge overnight would have helped. Good news is they were still yummy but they weren’t pretty and wouldn’t take them anywhere lol.

    1. I’m glad you loved the flavor! I usually use room temp ingredients and mix them just until combined, so then chilling for the 30 minutes works just fine. Thanks for giving the recipe a try!!

    1. I feel like most cake mixes have dropped down to either the 16 or 15 oz sizes now. Either of those should work just fine!

      1. 5 stars
        Made mine with white cake mix and added the rolls to some. OMG these were fantastic. Next time gonna try adding some nutella.

        1. Mmnnnnnn – Nutella sounds delicious with these cookies! If you try it out let me know how it turns out. I would love to hear! Thanks so much for sharing what you did!

  5. 5 stars
    I am going to try this recipe for sure. But, I’m going to add some chopped pecans to them and see if they are anything
    like Mexican Wedding Cakes. Maybe an improvement 🙂 I will let you know! Although they won’t be as healthy with the processed food…cake mix 🙁 But you have to splurge once in awhile. Who said Mexican Wedding Cakes or anything yummy is healthy, anyway!

    1. Very true! 😉 Hope you enjoy the recipe. You’ll have to let us know how they turn out with the chopped pecans. Sounds delicious!

  6. I used almond extract and just a little vanilla extract and these were the best cookies I’ve ever made!!! And so easy!

    1. I love using almond extract in baking. I’m sure it was delicious! Thanks for sharing what you did. I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed the cookies!

  7. 4 stars
    yummy but way more cakey than I wanted .. gooey butter cake is one of the best things ever and i was hoping for more of a chewyness like the bottom of a gooey butter cake .. .. think im gonna try with melted instead of softened butter .. maybe 2/3 of the cream cheese ..

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