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A plate of gooey butter cookies covered in holiday sprinkles.

Gooey Butter Cookies

These gooey butter cookies are a handheld version of the famous cake.  They're soft, gooey and totally irresistible! Roll them in sprinkles for a fun and festive look.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword gooey butter cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 177kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 18 1/4 ounce box white cake mix
  • 1 cup sprinkles


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat.
  • Place the cream cheese and butter in the bowl of a mixer and beat until fluffy and thoroughly combined, 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the egg, vanille and white cake mix to the bowl. Beat on low speed until just combined.
  • Cover the bowl and chill for 30 minutes.
  • Roll the dough into 1 inch balls, then coat each ball in sprinkles. Place 2 inches apart on the sheet pan. You will need to work in batches.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges are just set. Cool for 5-7 minutes then carefully transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. 
  • Repeat the process with the remaining cookie dough.
  • Serve, or store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.


Calories: 177kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 216mg | Potassium: 28mg | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 255IU | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 0.5mg