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Lemon Gooey Butter Cookies

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Super soft and luscious lemon cookies loaded with all of the cream cheese and butter goodness of gooey butter cake. They practically melt in your mouth!

lemon gooey butter cookies on white background with striped towel.

Ooey Gooey Cake, or gooey butter cake, is a St. Louis tradition.  Since we live only a couple of hours from there, it shows up at our gathers regularly too.  It is always a favorite.  

A dense cakey base covered in butter and cream cheese.  What is not to love?!  Well, these are that… in cookie form… and with lemon!

The best thing about cookies like this is how easy they are to make. There is basically no measuring of ingredients, just dump and go!

bowl of yellow cookie dough for gooey butter cookies.

 I have made several varieties of cookies that start with a cake mix over the years. Zach’s birthday cookies are always a hit, they are super simple and loaded with sprinkles. In fact our friends think they are so good they nicknamed them crack cookies!

Then there are chocolate gooey butter cookies. They are every bit as good as the combination of chocolate, cream cheese and butter in cookie form sounds.

bowl of lemon cookie dough next to tray of balls of dough rolled in powdered sugar ready to bake

 But I have to say these lemon gooey butter cookies are the first to disappear when they show up on a dessert buffet. Especially if I bring them to work, they will go in a snap!

I made them for my coworkers within the first few months on the job. They talked about them for days afterwards.

tray of freshly baked powdered sugar coated lemon cookies.

We have a snack table in the office that rarely goes empty for long.  After the holidays I think we went on a self imposed detox and it hasn’t been quite as full an normal.

So I thought I would spruce it up with bright lemony cookies.  I didn’t hear a single complaint and the plate was empty quickly.  I suppose that’s a sign that they need more cookies!

close up of soft pillowy lemon gooey butter cookies.

For another fun cookie recipe using lemon cake mix, check out lemon blueberry whoopie pies. Or whip up some super soft homemade lemon cookies if you don’t want to start with a mix.

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Yield: 24 Cookies

Lemon Gooey Butter Cookies

piles of soft lemon cookies with crinkly powdered sugar exterior

Super soft and luscious lemon cookies loaded with all of the cream cheese and butter goodness of gooey butter cake. They practically melt in your mouth!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes


  • 1 lemon cake mix
  • 1/2 tsp lemon extract
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar


  1. Cream together butter and cream cheese.
  2. Stir in egg, extract and cake mix until uniform.
  3. Chill dough for two hours
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F
  5. Roll dough into small balls. Then roll the balls in a bowl of powdered sugar and place a couple of inches apart on a cookie sheet
  6. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool on cookie sheet for a couple of minutes, then move to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 161Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 222mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 0gSugar: 12gProtein: 2g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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Super soft and luscious lemon cookies loaded with all of the cream cheese and butter goodness of gooey butter cake. They practically melt in your mouth!

Thanks for sharing!


Tuesday 26th of February 2019

Thank you!


Sunday 24th of February 2019

These look amazing! I pinned them so I can gather ingredients and make some asap. :)

Congrats on getting most clicks on Snickerdoodle!

Blessings, Babychaser


Tuesday 26th of February 2019

Thank you, I hope you enjoy them! <3


Monday 18th of February 2019

When I saw these, it brought back some great memories. I love these cookies!


Tuesday 26th of February 2019

Yay! I love food memories!


Wednesday 13th of February 2019

Hi Carlee, ooooo lemon cookies, a close second to chocolate chip cookies, but we don't get lemon cake mix here. Which is a shame as these sound so good!



Tuesday 26th of February 2019

Oh man! I am sure you could make delicious lemon cookies anyway, but this is such a super easy way to do it!

Andrea Nine

Wednesday 13th of February 2019

I love lemon so very much! I really want to try these, such a pretty Spring color too! xo


Tuesday 26th of February 2019

We can use all the bright things we can get after this doozie of a winter! Thank you!

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