Gooey Butter Cookies

Decadent gooey, chewy, and buttery cake mix cookies. These Gooey Butter Cookies have a rich butter flavor, chewy center, and tender cookie texture. Drizzled in an easy icing. An easy dessert cookie the whole family will love!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 30
Author Jessica @


  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 large egg


  • Powdered Confectioners' sugar, to dust
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water (or lemon juice!)


  • In a medium bowl fit with a mixer, beat butter, cream cheese, vanilla extract, almond extract, and egg until light and fluffy; about 3-5 minutes.
    Carefully incorporate cake mix into batter then mix until combined.
    Cover bowl and chill in the refrigerator for 45 minutes.
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
    Place 1/2 cup powdered confectioners' sugar into a bowl. Using a cookie scoop, scoop cookie batter then place onto baking sheet. 
    Dip cookie scoop into powdered sugar to prevent cookie batter from sticking to scoop. This will make it easier to work with the dough.
    Sprinkle cookie tops with a little powdered sugar.
    Bake in oven 15-20 minutes or less time for a smaller cookie scoop. 
    Transfer cookies to cooling rack. Tap cookie tops with a flat spatula if you want a flatter cookie top.
    In a small bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons of water or lemon juice. Mix until smooth then use a spoon to drizzle icing over the top of cookies.