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Cake Batter Gooey Butter Cookies

These cookies taste just like cake batter, thanks to their gooey texture.

I’m a cake batter fiend and have been since I was a little girl. When my mom made a cake (which was a special occasion in itself), she’d always let me lick the beaters. It was such a treat to be able to savor that sweet, battery nectar just before eating the finished, fluffy cake. To this day, I still lick the beaters after I make a cake or cookies. It’s like the universe is rewarding you for baking, saying “Here, have a little pregame snack before you shovel all those cookies in your face while binge-watching your DVR.” To go against the universe is kind of scary, so I happily oblige. These cookies taste just like cake batter, thanks to their gooey texture. I use the classic Funfetti cake mix, but you can use any flavor you’d like! 

This recipe is excerpted from Out of the Box Desserts: Simply Spectacular, Semi-Homemade Sweets by Hayley Parker. Click here to purchase your own copy.


  • 1 box Funfetti cake mix
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 Cup butter, softened
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Teaspoon butter extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Cup powdered sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine cake mix, cream cheese, butter, vanilla extract, butter extract, and egg together with an electric mixer until a soft dough forms, about 1 minute.

Scoop rounded tablespoons of dough out using a cookie dough scoop. Roll the cookie dough ball into the powdered sugar and place on the baking sheets about 2" apart.

Bake for approximately 10 to 12 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time. Cool completely before serving.