Gooey Butter Cookies Recipe

My daughter’s long term boyfriend is from Saint Louis.

He introduced our family to Gooey Butter Cake (a traditional Saint Louis cake) a few years ago.

I had, previously, never heard of such a thing.

My daughter then introduced me to Gooey Butter Cookies.

There are endless variations to the recipe, but I thought I’d share the version I recently made for the staff at physical therapy.

Note, these cookies aren’t a “Christmas cookie,” but I’m making them for Christmas anyway.

What I like about them:

•  They’re easy to make.

•  They aren’t overly sweet.

•  People seem to gobble them down as fast as they can.

•  They don’t require rolling out dough and/or frosting … which are both difficult for me with a bum arm.

•  Did I mention easy, fast (about 20 minutes total), and yummy?

Here’s the recipe:


1 –  eight ounce package of cream cheese

1 –  package of yellow cake mix

1 –  egg

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup confectioners (powdered) sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C)

Cream together the cream cheese and softened butter.

Stir in the egg and vanilla.

Add the cake mix and stir until it’s blended.

Roll the dough into one inch balls and then roll the balls in the confectioners sugar.

Place them on an ungreased cookie sheet – about two inches apart.

Bake from 10-15 minutes on middle rack of preheated oven.

Remove them from the cookie sheet and let them cool on a wire rack.

Once they’ve cooled sprinkle them generously with more confectioners sugar.

**  There are a lot of possible variations to the above “traditional” recipe.  You can change up the flavor of the cake mix, add a glaze on top, etc., etc.**


2 Responses to “Gooey Butter Cookies Recipe”

  1. Judi

    My father-in-law grew up in St. Louis, but I think it might have been before Gooey Butter Cakes were popular (possibly before there were boxed cake mixes!). I might make these for Christmas Eve and see what he thinks!

    • Suzanne

      The cake recipes don’t use cake mix. I think the cookie recipe has just been adapted to be similar to the cake with a lot less fuss. If you click on the link at the beginning of this post there’s more information about the origins of the cake. And, of course, you can google recipes for the cake version also.


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