Christmas Ooey Gooey Butter Cookies are cookies that will melt in your mouth and are full of colorful sprinkles to get you in the holiday spirit! Check out my Ooey Gooey Butter Cookies for a classic ooey-gooey cookie.

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Christmas Ooey Gooey Butter Cookies

Although my Ooey Gooey Butter Cake recipe is made with cake mix, I wanted to try a from-scratch version for the cookies. I tested quite a few recipes and was troubled by the flavor and consistency that they produced. So after a lot of tweaking and a lot of eating (no complaints here!), I finally settled on a cookie that everyone loved. And, with a few added sprinkles, they are perfect for Christmas!

Christmas Ooey Gooey Cookie Batter Getting Sprinkles Added

Do Not Refrigerate: You may have noticed that I did not refrigerate the dough. Most recipes call for this so I, of course, tested that. What exactly does refrigerating do for cookies? Well, when you chill cookie dough, it solidifies the fat. Then, when you are ready to bake the cookies, the chilled dough takes longer to melt and remains solid longer, meaning the cookies spread less.

Don’t Be Afraid of Confectioner’s Sugar: Adding confectioner’s sugar to the dough is one of the reasons these cookies are so “ooey gooey”. We’ll use it IN the batter as well as ON.

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How to Store Ooey Gooey Butter Cookies

To store ooey gooey butter cookies, first, let them cool completely. Then, store them in an airtight container at room temperature. They will last up to 2-3 days. For longer storage, freeze the cookie dough or the baked cookies. Check out my Guide to Freezing, Baking, and Storing Cookies for more helpful tips.

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Freezing Christmas Cookies

Freezing the Dough: The very best way to freeze these cookies is to freeze the dough. I like to scoop out my individual cookies, place them on a baking sheet (they can be close together), and then place them in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Once they are chilled through, I place them in an airtight bag and then label them with the cookie name and date.

Freezing the Baked Cookie: If you want to freeze the cookies after they are baked, allow them to cool completely. Then, lay them on a parchment-lined baking sheet and place them in the freezer. Once the cookies are frozen, store them in a freezer-safe zipped bag, labeled and dated. They will keep for up to four weeks.

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Christmas Ooey Gooey Butter Cookies

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes
Christmas Ooey Gooey Butter Cookies are cookies that will melt in your mouth and are full of colorful sprinkles to get you in the holiday spirit!


  • ½ cup (1 stick / 113 g) salted butter, softened
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 ½ cups (300 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ¼ cups (282 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (126g) confectioners' sugar, divided
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • cup Christmas sprinkles


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl using a hand-held mixer, beat butter, cream cheese and granulated sugar until blended.
  • Add in egg and vanilla.
  • Add in flour, baking powder, and ½ cup confectioners' sugar. With the mixer on low, gradually beat into the creamed mixture.
  • Gently fold in the sprinkles until just incorporated.
  • Using a 2-tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop dough. Then, roll each in the remaining ½ cup of confectioners’ sugar. Place approximately 6 dough balls on each of the lined baking sheets. Using the bottom of a glass or your hand, slightly flatten each dough ball.
  • Bake for 8-11 minutes, or until the tops of the cookies no longer appear wet.
  • Let the cookies rest for about 5 minutes before transferring onto a wire rack to cool completely.


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Reader Comments

  1. My husband loves these! I made them for a Santa picture event today and someone thought they were from a local bakery.

  2. Made this with my six year old who had a blast with the sticky dough! They were delicious! With my oven, I felt I had to leave them just a couple of more minutes, but then again I kept checking to make sure the “wet” look was gone. Overall, great recipe! Will be making again for kids Christmas party in a couple of weeks!

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