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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Lemon Gooey Butter Cookies

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!

lemon gooey butter cookie dough in mixing bowl

    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 with ball of dough rolled in powdered sugar on baking sheet

     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.

baked lemon cookies on baking sheet

     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 lemon gooey butter cookies

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Yield: 24 cookies
Lemon Gooey Butter Cookies

Lemon Gooey Butter Cookies

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: 2 H & 15 MCook time: 10 MTotal time: 2 H & 25 M


  • 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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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!


  1. Hi Carlee,
    This year I haven't made any lemon bars, and your cookies do look like that perfect lemon fix, I've been looking for! Can't wait to make these!
    My husband worked in St. Louis for a couple of months, he said he really enjoyed his time there!
    Have a great week!

    1. Hi! I have been meaning to make some lemon bars too. My mother-in-law makes some good lemon bars and she has promised her recipe. So, hopefully soon! These are a really easy treat to get the lemon flavor in the mean time.
      There are a lot of cool things to do in St. Louis. We are just a little north of there, but I have fun searching the local bakeries for treats when I visit my clients in the area! Everyone claims to have the best ooey gooey cake (or donuts, they also have a lot of donut places!). I plan to mess around with some recipes and make an ooey gooey cake for the blog soon. Taste testing the practice runs is going to be a real chore ;-)

  2. I have seen these 'ooey gooey' cookies all over. I've never tried them, I think I must now. I like your idea to do lemon. Since it starts with a cake mix, there are so many cake flavors to do!

    1. It is a really easy way to make soft luscious cookies. No measuring, no fuss! There are a lot of options, I made two kinds for our Mother's Day get together ;-)

  3. I love how those look! I'm adding those to my recipe box for sure. Thank you for sharing!

    1. They are wonderful and easy! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. just a heads up, it is Gooey Butter Cake, not ooey gooey

    1. we always call it ooey gooey, it's more fun!

  5. I feel like you made these cookies just for me :). I looooove lemon and I love gooey butter cake! These look amazing, Carlee!

    1. I would love to make them just for you! Thanks, Kelsie!

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

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

  7. 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!


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

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

  9. We will love your gooey Lemon Butter Cookies, yum!Hope you are having a good week and staying warm. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

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

    Congrats on getting most clicks on Snickerdoodle!



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