Gooey Butter Cookies

Vonna Pauls Recipe

By Vonna Pauls HappyCooker

approx. 24 cookies
2 Hr 15 Min
10 Min

These cookies are so easy to make and everybody loves them. It's fun to experiment with different cake flavors, too. We've made these with coconut cake mix and added coconut flakes as well.

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
These cookies are easy to prepare and MUCH easier to enjoy.  I love the crunchiness on the outside and the gooey inside.

[Read more about this recipe in Janet's Notebook!]


1 box
Duncan Hines butter recipe cake mix
1 stick
1/4 tsp
vanilla extract
1 pkg
cream cheese @ room temp (8 oz. pkg)

Directions Step-By-Step

Combine all ingredients with electric mixer until well blended. Chill dough for 2 hours. Roll into balls (about walnut size). Roll balls in powdered sugar. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet in 350 degree oven for 10 - 12 minutes. Dust with powdered sugar when completely cooled.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cookies
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtags: #gooey, #cake-mix

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Joan Williames flash394
Dec 19, 2009
Have been cooking for Days this one looks like a Winner to Finish off My Christmas Boxes Thanks!
Peggi Anne Tebben cookiequeen
Jan 20, 2010
I have been cooking Paula Deen's Gooey Butter Cakes for several years now & love them. The cookies are also good.
Michelle DeLozier bakingcakesintn
Jan 20, 2010
I am anxious to try a new cookie recipe:-) Valentines Day sounds like just the holiday to try them out:-)
Jennifer Manchester Jennibean54
Feb 19, 2010
These are great. I added alittle nutmeg and mace and raisins and they were out of this world. The plain ones were great too.
Julie Tomlinson JulieT
May 9, 2010
These are so easy and taste wonderful. Can't wait to try them again with a differenct cake flavor.
Stephanie McWhorter stmcwho
Aug 10, 2010
Do you have to use butter or can you substitute margarine?
Diane Raymond Diane310
Aug 10, 2010
Oooh! I have a box of butter recipe cake mix and was wondering what I could do with it, I'm glad I happened across this, I'm going to try it tonight! :)
Vonna Pauls HappyCooker
Aug 10, 2010
Stephanie, margarine would possibly make the cookie spread out a little more and the texture may be a little different, but they would most likely be fine.
Becca Love Becca1960
Aug 10, 2010
I might substitute lemon extract for vanilla.
Annette Cole Amberstarfire
Aug 10, 2010
I've been making these for years, but only used 3 ingredients. (the cake mix, the butter (or margarine), and the cream cheese. OH and of course the powdered sugar) They are also good using a strawberry cake mix!
susan yeager sueschews
Aug 10, 2010
dear vonna,
oh my mouth is
i'm going to make these tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
thanks for this great post.
shana vandeslunt sabanana
Aug 10, 2010
vonna, would you be able to use i have cherry and banana extract with these do you think they will taste like that then i am gonna have to try to make these tomorrow!!::))
Lisa Sepelak tiggerrrt
Aug 11, 2010
Can't wait to try these, I make a very similar cookie, using cool whip, egg and cake mix...your version is probably richer...
Nancy Suarez Ovenlovinmama
Aug 11, 2010
Thank you so much for posting these! Been looking for a cookie I can make in a pinch.