Christmas Gooey Butter Cookies

Gooey Butter Cookies are a Christmas cookie twist on the favorite St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake. These melt in your mouth cookies are soft and totally irresistible! Roll them in Christmas sprinkles and they are ready for Santa!

We love to make gooey butter cookies any time of year. Peanut Butter Gooey Butter Cookies and Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cookies are always a big hit on holiday cookie trays too!

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Christmas Gooey Butter Cookies

Oh Christmas cookies, oh Christmas cookies, how lovely are your flavors! 

These amazingly sweet and gooey Christmas gooey butter cookies were the perfect recipe to help me kick off holiday baking season. Not only can they be made in a flash, but they also disappear in a flash. 

Trust me when I say that these flavorful and festive Christmas gooey butter cookies will NOT last long in your house. My youngest daughter and her boyfriend came into town this week and they could not get enough of the cookies. A whole batch was gone in just a few days. 

With simple ingredients and easy to follow instructions, combined with the crazy good flavor, this recipe is perfect for cookie exchanges, holiday parties, or any occasion that calls for dessert this season.

gooey butter cookies with red and green sprinkles

Christmas Cookie Season

Every year, as soon as the calendar flips to December, you can find me in full Christmas mode all month long. You can find me listening to nonstop Christmas music, watching all the Hallmark Christmas movies, and of course baking loads of festive treats. 

To make sure I never run out of Christmas cookie recipe ideas, this month I’m teaming up again with some incredibly talented blogger friends for another addition in the Tastes of the Season Holiday Recipe series. Each month through the end of the year, we have been sharing seasonally inspired recipes! 

This month, we’re gearing up for Christmas with a part of the holiday season I love the most — Christmas Cookies.  Along with these Christmas Gooey Butter Cookies I’ll be linking up all 25 delicious cookie recipes at the end of this post. Be sure to visit each one for even more holiday-inspired cookies. 

We would love to have you join in on the fun too! Share your favorite Christmas cookie on Instagram. Tag me @tidymom and use the hashtag #BestChristmasCookies. I can’t wait to see YOUR cookies! 

how to make Christmas Gooey Butter Cookies

How To Make Christmas Gooey Butter Cookies

Of course, you can change up the flavor of gooey butter cookies with the cake mix you use. You can also change the color of the sprinkles for any occasion or omit them completely.

(full printable recipe at end of this post)

This gooey butter cookie recipe is a great one to keep in your back pocket because it’s so simple to make. It’s always my go-to for a last-minute dessert with how quickly the recipe comes together. 

To make the cookies, start by using an electric mixer to cream together the cream cheese and butter until smooth, then add the egg and extracts and continue mixing, scraping sides of the bowl as needed until combined. Next, add cake mix and beat until well blended and stir in some of the sprinkles. Once the dough has been mixed, cover the dough and refrigerate for a couple of hours.

When you’re ready to bake the cookies, preheat oven and line a baking sheet with parchment and set aside. To prepare the cookies, scoop out 1-inch size balls of chilled dough, and lightly roll each ball in the remaining sprinkles then roll in powdered sugar.

Lastly, place dough balls on prepared pan about two inches apart and bake. Remove the cookies from the oven, allow to cool a few minutes on the pan before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely. Sift powdered sugar on top if desired.

a stack of gooey butter cookies with Christmas sprinkles

Test Your Oven Temperature

Before you start baking these Christmas gooey butter cookies, or any other holiday treats this season, you’ll want to make sure your oven is in tip-top shape, so all your treats come out perfect. 

Every year right before the holidays I make sure to test my oven to make sure it’s heating correctly. Whenever you end up with a kitchen fail, like a soggy pie crust, or sunken in muffins, you might think it’s your fault, but it actually might be the oven’s fault.

A lot of baking problems stem from the fact that your oven isn’t actually heating to the temperature it says it is. This problem can easily be fixed with the help of an oven thermometer

An oven thermometer can tell you whether your oven runs hot or cold. While the thermometer can be super helpful you can also test your oven for hot spots to see whether the heat is uneven or where the cold spots are. 

Christmas Gooey Butter Cookies on a reideer plate

How Do I Store Gooey Butter Cookies?

I always say that anything gooey butter is best on the second or third day when stored right. Once all those flavors really soak into each other, its pure bliss! 

To store your Christmas gooey butter cookies, simply wait for them to cool completely and transfer them into an airtight container. You can leave them to sit on the counter at room temperature for 4-5 days, or you can store them in the refrigerator if you prefer your cookies slightly chilled. 

If you want to store your gooey butter cookies even longer, you can also place the airtight container of cookies in the freezer. They will keep in the freezer for up to 4 months. 

Other Ways To Make Gooey Butter Recipes

While I love gooey butter cookies, I love gooey butter cake even more! So, if you love these Christmas gooey butter cookies, and want other ways to make some delicious gooey butter desserts, then try a few of my favorite recipes. 

Classic Gooey Butter Cake

Nutella Gooey Butter Cake 

Carrot Cake Gooey Butter Cake

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Cookie Scoop

Scooping perfectly symmetrical cookies has never been easier when you use a cookie scoop like this one. It really makes the whole process go so much faster. I never make a batch of cookies without my favorite scooper!

Aluminum Half Sheet Pan

This is my favorite sheet pan to use. I have about 4 I use in my kitchen pretty much every time I bake anything that needs a baking sheet. They are perfect oversized pans!

Parchment Paper Sheets

The pre-cut parchment sheets are a lifesaver, and they fit perfectly in the above-mentioned sheet pan. You never have to mess with measuring and cutting out parchment paper from the roll again with these. 

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Christmas Gooey Butter Cookies

Christmas Gooey Butter Cookies

Yield: 30 cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

These easy Gooey Butter Cookies are a Christmas cookie twist on the favorite St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake. These melt in your mouth cookies are soft and totally irresistible! Roll them in Christmas sprinkles and they are ready for Santa!

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 (15.25 ounce) box white cake mix
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles, divided
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Using an electric mixer cream together the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add the egg and extracts and continue mixing, scraping sides of the bowl as needed until combined.
  2. Add cake mix and beat until well blended. Stir in 1/4 cup of sprinkles. Cover dough and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°. Line a baking sheet with parchment and set aside.
  4. Scoop out 1-inch size balls of chilled dough. Lightly roll each ball in the remaining sprinkles then roll in powdered sugar.
  5. Place dough balls on prepared pan about two inches apart and bake for about 10-12 minutes.
  6. Remove cookies from the oven, allow to cool a few minutes on the pan before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely. Sift powdered sugar on top if desired.

Notes

  • Do not over bake cookies. They will not brown on top, but they should be slightly brown on the bottom.
  • Store in an airtight container on the counter for up to 3 days (no need to refrigerate)
  • Cookies can be baked ahead and frozen for up to one month. Simply thaw and dust with powdered sugar before serving.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 30 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 88 Total Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 22mg Sodium: 59mg Carbohydrates: 6g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 4g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 1g
Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin, and freshness of ingredients used.

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Christmas Gooey Butter Cookies on a plate

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