Ooey Gooey Butter Cookies

filed under: Cookies on January 31, 2019

These from-scratch Ooey Gooey Butter Cookies were inspired by my Ooey Gooey Butter Cake! They are sweet and satisfying and super fun to make! I even added some orange zest to this recipe to make my Orange Creamsicle Cookies that you will definitely want to try! Don’t miss my 50 Best Cookie Recipes if you want more great cookie options!

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. This version is inspired from the Ooey Gooey Butter Cookie from Taste of Home, only I removed the dry milk powder (oh my word NO ONE liked how that tasted) and replaced it with confectioners sugar.

What Are Ooey Gooey Butter Cookies?

Basically one of the sweetest cookies known to man! When my husband tried one his response was, “I don’t think I have tasted anything like this before.” (and he has tried every cookie I’ve ever made!) I presented him with this challenge. Try a bite, and if you can’t help but go for a second bite (as in, you’d fight me if I tried to take the cookie away) then I know they are a winner. He absolutely wanted a second bite and finished off that cookie quickly! These cookies are addicting, which is tough because they are so sweet you know you shouldn’t eat two!

How to Make Ooey Gooey Butter Cookies

The ingredients for these cookies are all items you probably already have in your pantry!

  • salted butter (you can use unsalted, but add a pinch of salt to the dough)
  • cream cheese
  • granulated sugar
  • egg
  • vanilla
  • flour baking powder
  • confectioners sugar

Following the directions, combine the ingredients, roll on confectioners sugar and bake.

Why Refrigerate Cookie Dough?

Now, 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. For this recipe specifically, that meant the cookies were much more puffed up and tall, which also meant I had to bake them a bit longer to make sure they were actually baked through. The edges browned and didn’t look as pretty as I would like.

Those cookies actually tasted less ooey gooey when the dough was chilled, so I opted to delete that instruction and use the dough immediately after preparing. The cookies are a bit flatter, but they are still just as ooey gooey and delicious!

How to Freeze Butter Cookies

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, and then place in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Once they are chilled through, I place them in an airtight bag and then label it with the cookie name and date.

If you want to store baked cookies, grab a large flat plastic container and place a layer of parchment or wax paper on the bottom. Set cookies down, place another layer of wax or parchment, then another layer of cookies. Set a slice of bread in the container and close.

4.79 from 19 votes
Ooey Gooey Butter Cookies
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
5 mins

This delectable butter cookie melts in your mouth!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: butter cookies, ooey gooey butter cookies
Servings: 24 cookies
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1/2 cup (113g) salted butter, softened
  • 1 package (8 ounces)cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups (300g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups (282g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (63g) confectioners sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, for rolling cookie dough in
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. 

  2. In a large bowl using a hand-held mixer, beat butter, cream cheese and granulated sugar until blended. 

  3. Add in egg and vanilla. 

  4. Add in flour, baking powder, and 1/2 cup confectioners sugar. With the mixer on low, gradually beat into creamed mixture. 

  5. Using a 2-tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop dough and then roll in confectioners’ sugar. Place approximately 6 dough balls on parchment paper-lined baking sheets.

  6. Bake until they no longer appear wet on top, 8-11 minutes. After about 5 minutes, place on wire racks to cool.

Recipe Video

If you love these Ooey Gooey Butter Cookies, you may also like my Ooey Gooey Cakes!

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Ooey Gooey Pumpkin Cake

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  • Aida ARROYO says:

    In your ingredients it says baking powder. But in your video it says baking soda..so which ingredient is the one you use?

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Aida! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. Follow the written recipe. Have a wonderful day!

  • Jackie says:

    Love these cookies. I made this recipe without any sprinkles and they were exceptional. Moist and butter tasting. They are definitely going into the rotation. Yummy! I would suggest making a double batch. Sent to my sister and she is now addicted also.

  • Julie W says:

    The taste was a amazing. And chewy. However, they were flat as a pancake. I was baking at altitude, but that didn’t seem to be an issue when I made the red peanut butter kiss cookies. I’d love to make these again bc they tasted great, and welcome suggestions to solve for the flat pancake factor.

  • Dolores LeBlanc says:

    I Love your recipes ❤️

  • Brandon says:

    Perhaps it’s my cold kitchen, but these cookies came out surprisingly tall! Rich, buttery, and delightful; this recipe will absolutely return with adjustments to flatten them out a bit. I’ve missed these so dearly!

  • Patti says:

    Can cookie dough be frozen?

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Patti! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. Yes, you can freeze the dough. Scoop out individual cookies, place them on a baking sheet and then place them in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Once they are chilled through, place them in an airtight bag and then label it with the cookie name and date. I hope this helps, and have a great day!

  • Donna Kirkendall says:

    Recipe called for 3 teaspoons of Baking Powder but the Video called for Baking Soda 😳 I’m using the baking powder!

  • Estela says:

    Does it really only make 6 cookies? With how much flour, sugar and cream cheese is used wouldn’t it make more cookies?

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Estela! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. We made 24 cookies with this batch. Have a wonderful day!

  • Josi says:

    Mine didn’t flatten at all. Any ideas?

  • Kristie G. says:

    Tastes great! My batch didn’t flatten very well, so I think it was because my baking powder was old and maybe my house was a little chilly. I flattened the dough a little before baking and that helped make them spread 🙂

  • Kim says:

    I literally just made these. My cookies didn’t spread much, just like I read in some of the other comments. I’m cooking in a tropical country with high humidity. It wasn’t my baking powder, as I tested mine out before I used it. Good thing I did a single test cookie before baking a full batch. I flattened them out a bit before baking so they wouldn’t be domed. I also found rolling the cookies in confectioner’s sugar made them way too sweet for our taste. We dusted them with confectioner’s sugar instead. PERFECT.

  • Nancy says:

    I made this recipe today . Probably won’t make them again. one reason it is a rather messy recipe. I do not like messy recipes . My Husband thought they were really good and said to tell you. They were a little to gooey for me . I like them Chewy but not Sticky. Even baked them a little longer. You do have a great website with a lot of Good recipes

  • Sara says:

    Thank You for Sharing your recipes my mother-in – law always made these for her grandkids and never got a chance to ask for the recipes. Thank You again.

  • Karen says:

    This only makes 8 cookies?

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      The recipe states that it makes 24.

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