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Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies

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Easy chocolate gooey butter cookies are full of cream cheese and buttery goodness. Plus they start with a cake mix so they are super easy. Ooey gooey chocolaty goodness is just minutes away!

Close up of powdered sugar coated chocolate gooey butter cookies on white platter.

Chocolate gooey butter cookies are soft fudgy little bites of deliciousness.  They start with a cake mix, so they come together easily.  The ratio of cream cheese to other ingredients keeps them from being too overly sweet. 

Their texture is a great mix of soft and chewy. They really are a great easy to make cookie and I highly recommend you give them a try.

Ok.  Follow me here.  Chocolate. Cream cheese. Butter.  You with me?

Good!  These cookies are a mix of all things yummy in my book!

Small cookie scoop scooping balls of chocolate cookie dough into a bowl of powdered sugar to be coated with already coated balls of dough on a cookie sheet in the background.

They start with a lot of the same ingredients that make ooey gooey butter cake so decadent.  But in cookie form… and with chocolate!

They are just the right size too.  A couple of bites of rich gooey heaven.

That way you don’t feel like you really overdid it, but you get enough to satisfy your sweet tooth.  Of course that is if you can stop after just one or two!

Baked chocolate gooey butter cookies fresh from the oven with crackly powdered sugar exterior showing rich chocolate interior.

Making Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies From a Cake Mix

You only have to gather up 7 ingredients to make this simple chocolate cookie dough. You can get away without using any measuring cups or spoons. It really is that simple!

You’ll want to start with softened cream cheese and butter. Beat them together until they are nice and smooth.

Then add the egg and extracts. I like to use a bit of vanilla and a touch of almond, because I think both go well with chocolate.  Feel free to just use vanilla, or experiment with whatever you like best.

A touch of coffee extract would be good. Or try a drop or two of peppermint extract to make some easy and festive Christmas cookies.

Once your flavorings are mixed in, add the cake mix and stir it all up.  The dough will be soft and should come together easily.

Because the dough is so soft, you will want to let the dough chill for at least a couple of hours. All that butter and cream cheese needs to have a chance to firm up a bit before you bake your cookies.

Warm ooey gooey chocolate butter cookies cooling on a wire rack.

Even after it is chilled, the dough will still be a bit tacky. However, it should be noticeably easier to work with.

I like to use a small cookie scoop to portion out the chilled dough. It keeps them uniform and a nice one to two bite size.

Roll the balls of dough in powdered sugar and place them on a cookie sheet. After a quick trip to the oven they will be beautiful crackly little chocolate cookies.

The appearance almost reminds me of chocolate crinkle cookies, but the insides are even gooier.  Because of that, you will want to let them cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet before moving them to a wire rack to cool completely.

If you move them too soon, they will be really soft and you could end up with a bit of a mess.  Just 5 minutes will make a big difference in how easy this process will go!

If you like super soft almost cakey cookies, you are going to love these.  Make a batch and let me know what you think! Feel free to tell me in the comments or on social media, I enjoy the feedback!

How do you store ooey gooey chocolate cookies?

Once they are cooled completely, store in an airtight container until you are ready to serve them.  Or you could put them in a freezer bag and freeze them up to three months. Though I doubt they will last that long

More Cake Mix Cookie Recipes

If you like the idea of starting with a cake mix to make cookies, you are not alone. There are so many great options to try.

Chocolate peanut butter cake mix cookies are a great simple option. They don’t require chill time and the peanut butter chips are lovely in the chocolate cookies.

Strawberry cake mix cookies with white chocolate chips are another fun cookie. The creamy chips are perfect in the fruity pink cookies.

Funfetti cake mix cookies have been a favorite for years with their colorful sprinkles. And lemon gooey butter cookies are a fun soft citrusy cookie.

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Close up of powdered sugar coated chocolate gooey butter cookies on white platter.

Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies

Servings: 24 Cookies
Author: Carlee
Chocolate gooey butter cookies are full of cream cheese and buttery goodness. Plus they start with a cake mix so they are super easy. Ooey gooey chocolate cookie goodness is just a handful of ingredients away!
4.93 from 13 ratings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes


  • 1 chocolate cake mix
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • ½ cup butter softened
  • 1 large egg
  • Powdered sugar for rolling


  • Cream together butter and cream cheese.
    8 ounces cream cheese, ½ cup butter
  • Stir in egg, extracts, and cake mix until uniform.
    ½ teaspoon almond extract, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 large egg, 1 chocolate cake mix
  • Chill dough for two hours
  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • Roll small balls of dough (about 1 Tablespoon) into balls, then roll in powdered sugar. Place a couple of inches apart on a cookie sheet
  • Bake for ten minutes. Cool on cookie sheet for a couple of minutes, then finish cooling on a rack.


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 95kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 1gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 72mgSugar: 6g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Sunday 27th of February 2022

I make these a lot of the time. Usually comes out great but this time I used chocolate brownie mix. Did not rise or bake all that great.


Sunday 27th of February 2022

Yes, brownie mix is definitely different than cake mix. Chocolate cake mix works.


Thursday 9th of December 2021

Tasted OK, but this recipe didn't mix very well per directions provided. The mix was very dry and clogged my beaters. I had to add an extra egg and even then, my mixer stopped working. The cookies were really raw at 10 minutes. I baked an additional 6 minutes and some were still not completely baked.


Thursday 9th of December 2021

Hmmm! I make these cookies pretty frequently with all sorts of different cake mixes and I haven't had that happen, so I am sorry you had troubles. I'm wondering if maybe the cream cheese and butter weren't all the way at room temperature.


Tuesday 17th of December 2019

Now who can resist a little bite of deliciousness!?! I think that it was the cream cheese that pushed me over!

Jessica Jarrell

Tuesday 17th of January 2017

Ooey, gooey, AND chocolate? Yes, yes, and YES! 😍 Soft cookies are my favorite!


Tuesday 17th of January 2017

Ha, I know... all of the best words in one cookie! I really like soft cookies too, especially if they have a bit of chew.


Wednesday 11th of January 2017

Wow! Sounds fantastic! Thanks for the recipe! Michelle


Saturday 14th of January 2017

Thank you!