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You’ll love these 6-Ingredient Christmas Ooey Gooey Butter Cookies made with cake mix and holiday sprinkles – ready to enjoy in less than 20 minutes!

plate of christmas gooey butter cookies

These cookies have their cookie dough made from a cake mix – making it the easiest way to bake cookies, ever!

These holiday cookies are high up on my dessert cookie list (next to my shortbread cookies, my Christmas Pinwheel Cookies, and my spritz cookies) because they’re just so yummy!

Oooey Gooey Butter Cookies With Cake Mix + Sprinkles

These Christmas Ooey Gooey Butter Cookies are my favorite. The best part about this recipe? It uses a cake mix, holiday sprinkles, and they’re ready to enjoy in less than 20 minutes of time! The taste and texture literally melt in your mouth.

There’s a reason that Gooey Butter Cake is so popular. It’s literally a dessert recipe that melts in your mouth. I love whipping up this cake mix cookie recipe for Christmas because it just puts me in the festive mood.

And if you’re part of the fun Christmas Cookie Exchange activities, these holiday-themed butter cookies would be perfect for adding to the mix.

Love the idea of making desserts using cake mix? Check out my classic Gooey Butter Cookies, Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies and also this list of 35+ Easy Cake Mix Recipes as well!

gooey butter cookies ingredients

Ready for some holiday fun? Gather up the simple ingredients listed below. Don’t forget the parchment paper so that the cookies don’t stick!

  • yellow cake mix (or any flavor of cake mix that you want)
  • softened butter – I use unsalted butter when baking.
  • vanilla extract – you can use almond extract in a pinch.
  • softened cream cheese – you can mix with a stand mixer or by hand.
  • large egg – Use the egg yolks and all!
  • powdered sugar – This is what you’re going to roll the cookies in. You need a soft and powder-like substance for this which is why powdered sugar is perfect.
  • Holiday sprinkles – Red and green are the best!

How To Make Christmas Ooey Gooey Butter Cookies

Instructions

  1. Mix the ingredients – Beat together the butter, vanilla, egg, and cream cheese until fluffy and mixed well.
  2. Add the cake mix – Add in the cake mix and blend until mixed well.
  3. Chill the dough – Put in the fridge and chill for 30 minutes- 1 hour.
  4. Make into balls – Roll into balls in holiday sprinkles and dip in a bowl of powdered sugar – roll around until covered completely.
  5. Bake – Put in the oven and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes until the edges are lightly brown. Remove to a baking sheet after allowing it to cool for 5 minutes.
holiday  gooey butter cookies

Tips + Variations

There are actually a lot of ways that you can change up the flavors of these easy cake mix cookies. Since I’m all about Christmas right now, that’s what I have on my mind.

  • Make these cookies using chocolate cake mix or any other flavor of cake mix as well.
  • Create a fun homemade frosting and make a ooey gooey butter cookie sandwich.
  • Change up the sprinkles to easily change up the holiday theme.
Where did gooey butter cake come from?

This delicious flavor was made right here in the United States. And while I’m uncertain of the exact origin, I do know that St. Louis, Missouri, is often credited for the “original” Gooey Butter Cake.

Do gooey butter cake cookies need to be refrigerated?

Yes, I would suggest putting your cookies in the fridge. Put them in a sealed container or bag and keep them nice and cool. They should last for up to 1 week in the fridge. (if you don’t eat them all first!)

Can I use oil in the cake mix instead of butter?

Technically, yes. BUT this is a butter cookie recipe so I wouldn’t recommend it. Use the butter, it makes up the amazing and rich flavor of this cookie!

christmas cookies with sprinkles on a white plate

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Christmas Ooey Gooey Butter Cookies

You'll love these 6-ingredient Christmas Ooey Gooey Butter Cookies made with cake mix and holiday sprinkles – ready to enjoy in less than 20 minutes!
4.15 from 56 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Kasey Schwartz
Servings: 24
Prep Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients  

  • 1 box of yellow cake mix (or any flavor of cake mix that you want)
  • 1/2 cup of softened butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 8 ounces of softened cream cheese
  • 1 egg
  • powdered sugar
  • Holiday sprinkles

Instructions 

  • Beat together the butter, vanilla, egg, and cream cheese until fluffy and mixed well.
  • Add in the cake mix and blend until mixed well.
  • Put in the fridge and chill for 30 minutes- 1 hour.
  • Roll into balls in holiday sprinkles and dip in a bowl of powdered sugar – roll around until covered completely.
  • Put in the oven and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes until the edges are lightly brown. Remove to a baking sheet after allowing it to cool for 5 minutes.
Keyword: box cake mix, cake mix cookies, christmas cookies, cookies
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About Kasey Schwartz

Hi, I’m Kasey, Founder of All Things Mamma – where I am dishing up family favorite recipes that are easy to make with simple, everyday ingredients. Plus – tips and tricks for living your best life!

Comments

  1. Can I keep The dough in the refrigerator for 24hrs..? I have so is there anything I should do to them before baking?

  2. Do you need to grease the cookie pan? Didn’t know since these aren’t regular cookies. Thanks!

    1. Kasey Schwartz says:

      No you do not have to grease the pan.

  3. Michelle B. says:

    Can the dough be refrigerated overnight before baking?

  4. I recommend pressing the ball down some before baking.

  5. can anything else be used in the place of the cream cheese?

    1. Kasey Schwartz says:

      I haven’t tried anything else. I’m sorry!

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