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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.

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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  1. Susan Sims says:

    5 stars
    These were fantastic! I ended up dividing the batter and made one just like the recipe and the other I added a natural strawberry flavoring extract and white chocolate chips. Both were yummy! I’m going to use semi sweet chocolate mini chips the next time in the strawberry version (which actually is our favorite). So good and so easy! Thanks for this great recipe!

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      You’re welcome!! Thanks for sharing what you did. They sound delicious!

  2. Kari says:

    Make these with chocolate cake mix and put an Andes mint on top right when they get out of the oven. Delicious 💚

  3. Jan says:

    Made these for family and they were a great hit! I dis use white cake mix and almond flavoring💕

  4. RK says:

    Hi! Looking forward to trying these. Do you HAVE to roll them in powdered sugar or can that be done without? Thank you!

  5. Kandace Hofman says:

    How many cookies does this recipe make?

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      It makes about 2 dozen (24) cookies.

    2. Lelah Thomas says:

      Can I make these cookies and freeze them?

      1. Lil'Luna Team says:


  6. Melissa says:

    4 stars
    Box cake mixes are shrinking in size like most things we buy so they are now only 13.25 oz.
    Does that change the recipe???

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      I think it should still work fine. But you could get a second box and add 2 more ounces if you want to be exact. I think it’ll still be fine. You’ll have to let us know how they turn out!

  7. Sienna says:

    5 stars
    I used red velvet cake mix and added milk chocolate chips. My twins, Sam and Sylvia loved them just as much as I did!

  8. Sarah says:

    Can these be frozen?

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:


  9. Angie says:

    5 stars
    I make these a lot only I use a lemon cake mix and then I make a lemon glaze and drizzle that over the top. I am constantly asked to make these for work.

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      Sounds delicious! That’s fun to switch around the flavors. Lemon is a delicious one!

    2. Kate says:

      Hi, could you please share your lemon glaze recipe?? Absolutely love anything lemon!!

      1. Lil'Luna Team says:

        Here’s a lemon glaze recipe we use on our lemon zucchini muffins… I imagine it would taste yummy drizzled on these cookies too. If you want less lemon flavor, you could start with a little less and then add more to taste.

        1 cup powdered sugar
        2 tbsp lemon juice
        3 tbsp milk

  10. Tonie L Dambrosio says:

    Great recipe, the dough is delicious too! Lol. Im frosting mine with creamcheese frosting. It’s amazingly rich and delicious