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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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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. Kim McJunkin says:

    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.

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      That sounds great! How fun! I love weddings! They will be a hit!

  2. Rita says:

    The video shows 2 sticks of butter (1cup) ….. the recipe says 1/2 cup which is 1 stick…which one is correct ?

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      It’s 1/2 c, one stick 🙂

      1. Jennifer says:

        Is it salted or unsalted butter?

  3. Melissa says:

    Can you freeze these? I want to make them ahead but not sure how long they last.

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      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.

  4. Sue Spooner says:

    Can you freeze the individual cookie balls and bake just a few at a time so you will always have fresh warm cookies?

  5. Kathi Vaughan says:

    Gooey Butter Cookie recipe, video shows 1 cup of butter, recipe says 1/2 cup. which is correct.

  6. Diane says:

    How many cookies does this recipe make? Gooey butter cookies

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      This could make 3-4 dozen. Now, if you make big ones, you’ll get less. This is a great recipe when you need more than a couple dozen. Hope you like these!

  7. Lorie Polesel says:

    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. Kristyn Merkley says:

      It is 1/2 c 🙂 Thank you!

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    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      If you subscribe to the e-book, you won’t miss a thing 🙂

  9. Susan D says:

    5 stars
    LOVE these cookies & EVERYONE else LOVES them also!!! So buttery deliciously perfect.

    1. Lil' Luna says:

      They are always a hit!! Thank you so much for letting me know!

  10. Sharon H says:

    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.

    1. Lil' Luna says:

      So, glad they turned out!! Thank you for sharing that!