These Gooey Butter Cookies are made with a yellow cake mix, butter, cream cheese, eggs, and vanilla. Chewy and delicious, these 5-ingredient cake mix cookies are such a quick and easy cookie recipe for any season!

gooey butter cookies

Cake Mix Mix Cookies

Gooey Butter Cookies are like a dessert dream come true. If you love this taste and flavor in a Gooey Butter Cake, you’re going to go crazy over this simple cookie recipe. Rich in flavor and perfectly sweetened with a texture that literally melts in your mouth.

These Ooey Gooey Butter cookies are the perfect afternoon snack or after-dinner dessert.

Love cake mix recipes? Check out our Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies and Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies, as well! Such a simple way to make cookies!

These gooey butter cookies from scratch just might be my new favorite flavor. I also love the light dusting of powdered sugar on top as well. It’s the perfect sweetness for the perfect cookie.

gooey butter cookies ingredients


Gooey Butter Cookie Ingredients

All the simple ingredients you need to make these butter cookies are listed below.

  • 1 box of yellow cake mix – white cake could be used, as well.
  • 1/2 cup of softened butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 8 ounces of softened cream cheese
  • 1 egg
  • powdered sugar

steps to make cake mix cookies

How To Make Gooey Butter Cookies


Step 1. Beat the butter, vanilla, egg, and cream cheese until fluffy.

Step 2. Mix in the cake mix and blend until mixed well.

Step 3. Chill for 30- 1 hour minutes in the fridge.

Step 4. Roll into balls and dip in a bowl of powdered sugar – roll around until fully covered.

Step 5. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes until the edges are lightly brown. Remove to a baking sheet after allowing to cool for 5 minutes.


gooey butter cookies


Tips + Variations

While these ooey gooey butter cookies are perfect as they are, here are a few other suggestions on how you can easily change up the taste and flavor.

  • Add in a bit of lemon zest to make your cookies have a citrus taste.
  • Make certain to get your cream cheese softened before using it in this recipe otherwise, the cookies will turn out lumpy.
  • Switch up the flavor of the cake mix so that you can easily switch up the flavor of the cookies as well.
  • Chilling the dough for 30 minutes is important as it helps bind the ingredients together to create that cookie shape.


Can you freeze gooey butter cookies?

You can. This is another reason why I love this simple recipe. If you have extra cookies that you’re going to be unable to eat, just pop them in a freezer-safe container and freeze them for later. They should be fine for several weeks to a month without issues.

And when you’re ready to eat, just pull out a cookie, let thaw, and enjoy!

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gooey butter cookies

Gooey Butter Cookies

Gooey Butter Cookies made with a cake mix, butter, cream cheese, eggs, and vanilla. And easy cookie recipe made with only 5-ingredients!
4.12 from 53 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 cookies
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes


  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 c butter softened
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 egg
  • powdered sugar


  • Beat butter, vanilla, egg and cream cheese until fluffy.
  • Mix in cake mix untill well blended.
  • Chill for 30 minututes to an hour
  • Roll into balls and dip in a bowl of powdered sugar.
  • Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes until the edges are lightly brown. Allow to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes until cooling on a wire rack.


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  1. I was hesitant to try these because they seemed too easy, but I am surely glad I made some…made for a meeting at church and they were gone almost as soon as they were put down. The next time I will have to make a double batch! Thanks for giving us this wonderful recipe!!!

    1. Shyanne - ATM Team says:

      We’re so happy to hear this! Thank you for trying them out, Darlene. 😊

  2. 5 stars
    These are so good !!!!!! I made them for Christmas and am addicted now. I am actually making them again right now with a devils food cake mix. I leave for 30 min in the fridge and if you do put in fridge after I love how the powdered sugar gets on the cookie. Thank you sooooo much for sharing

    1. Shyanne - ATM Team says:

      Thank you for trying them out, Melissa! We’re so glad you enjoyed them!

  3. Loriann Ludwig says:

    I have made these twice now, first for Thanksgiving and then for Christmas. My husband loves them, so did everyone else that ate them. They are absolutely delicious. So happy to have a new cookie recipe. Turned out perfect both times!

    1. Shyanne - ATM Team says:

      Thank you so much, Loriann! We’re so glad you enjoyed them!

  4. 5 stars
    Awesome better then a cake of it so much more flavor 😋 !

  5. Anita Barrett says:

    Can you freeze them in the balls and thaw and bake later?

  6. Kelly Dyer says:

    do these need to be stored in the refrigerator?

    1. No, you can store them at room temperature in an airtight container.

  7. Being a “St. Louisiana”, these cookies remind me of a Gooey Coffee cake. This has become my Go-To dessert and one that people keep asking for.

  8. 5 stars
    This was my family’s favorite of all the cookies I made this year. I may have to try GF so I can taste them?

    1. Kasey Schwartz says:

      Worth a shot!!

    2. Hello! Thank you for your recipe! I followed it but left the batter in the fridge for a few hours. I did not think it would matter but it was so sticky it was hard to work with. I managed to get a few baked and they were SO GOOD! I can’t imagine doing the rest…it would take days lol any clue how or why?

  9. Maggie Carr says:

    I can hardly wait to try these out!

4.12 from 53 votes (50 ratings without comment)

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