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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 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 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

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Gooey Butter Cookies Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
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!
Servings: 24 cookies
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Chill time: 30 minutes
Total: 45 minutes


  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese softened
  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (15.25-ounce) box yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup powdered sugar plus more for dusting
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  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, butter, egg and vanilla with a hand mixer until fluffy.
  • Mix in cake mix until combined, and chill for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Place powdered sugar in a bowl. Scoop out and roll dough into 1½-inch balls and roll in powdered sugar until well coated. Place onto a lightly greased cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 10–12 minutes.
  • Let cookies sit on the cookie sheet for a few minutes, then remove to a rack to cool.
  • Sift more powdered sugar on top, if desired.



Make Ahead: Store cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3–4 days.
Variations: Change this up by using your favorite cake mix and adding your own
embellishments. A few of our favorite combos include:
o Chocolate Rolo Cake Mix Cookies: Chocolate cake mix with a Rolo candy enclosed in each dough ball
o Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies: Red velvet cake mix with white chocolate chips
o Funfetti Cake Mix Cookies: Funfetti cake mix with extra sprinkles


Serving: 1cookie, Calories: 57kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 0.3g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 17mg, Sodium: 4mg, Potassium: 4mg, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 129IU, Calcium: 2mg, Iron: 0.04mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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  1. Marie says:

    5 stars
    These cookies are super yummy and make the perfect dessert! I could eat them all the time!

  2. Patty Crotwell says:

    I want to make the gooey butter cookies without using a cake mix. Do you have any suggestions?

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      Hmm..I have never tried without a cake mix. I’m not sure if it would be the same as the dry ingredients in a homemade cake. It would take some experimenting 🙂

  3. Arleen M Krebs says:

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

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      It’s the one. That was doubled. Sorry, for the confusion! Thank you!

  4. joan curnes says:

    I am making the butter cookies tomorrow

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      What did you think? I hope you liked them! They are some of our favorites!

  5. Shwetha says:

    Can I use all purpose flour for this recipe?

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      There isn’t flour in this recipe. I haven’t tried adding it before. I’m not sure how they would turn out if you added it.

  6. Patty says:

    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. Kristyn Merkley says:

      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?

  7. Tina Ferry says:

    The recipe says 1/2 cup butter but the video shows 2 sticks going in making it. So is it 2 sticks or 1 stick of butter?

    1. Tina Ferry says:

      Never mind, I see the previous comments

  8. Terry says:

    What size cake mix box do i use? I used 15.25 oz. And it seemed to be too much. Thank you

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      Nope, that is the right one. Did you make the cookies?

      1. terry Brink says:

        Thank you for responding. Yes I made the cookies and they were delicious and gooey just the way i like them.

  9. MaryMar says:

    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 ????✌????

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      You are so welcome!! They are one of my favorite cookies!

  10. John says:

    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?

    1. John says:

      Just saw the previous question and reply, Thanks