Funfetti Gooey Butter Cookies

Funfetti Gooey Butter Cookies ~ Such a fun simple cookie made with butter, cream cheese and Funfetti Cake Mix! SO SOFT and sweet!

I LOVE these Funfetti Gooey Butter Cookies! They are SO soft, made with cream cheese, butter and Funfetti Cake Mix. You will make these over and over again!

Ok y’all.

Sometimes you just need a cookie to make you happy. Because sometimes it’s perfectly ok to eat your feelings.

I speak from personal experience.

Also, can we just talk about people who won’t eat cake mix for a quick second…Yep, I know you’re out there.

And really, I appreciate you. I really do.

But these cookies can’t be made without it.

If you want a cookie with sprinkles that doesn’t include cake mix check out these, or these, or these these and these.

But today we’re getting down and dirty and making super yummy Gooey Butter Funfetti Cookies.

Because they can’t be Funfetti without cake mix. That’s a true fact. AND I made a short little video to show you just how easy they are!

Are you fully on board?

Funfetti Gooey Butter Cookies!

I started with a box of Funfetti, Cream Cheese and some Challenge Butter

Challenge Butter

Use that whole box of cake mix.

Funfetti Cake MIx

Oh, and I added some extra sprinkles into the dough to amp up the colorfullness. Yep, that’s a word.


Honestly how gorg is that cookie dough? And talk about tasty!


Form the dough into balls and roll in powdered sugar…

Funfetti Gooey Butter Cookie Ball


Funfetti Gooey Butter Cookie Ball

Totally pretty and soft and squishy and yummy and perfect…

Funfetti Gooey Butter Cookies ~ Such a fun simple cookie made with butter, cream cheese and Funfetti Cake Mix! SO SOFT and sweet!

I ADORE these cookies!!



Funfetti Gooey Butter Cookies

  • Author: Cookies & Cups


makes approx 30 cookies


  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Challenge Butter, room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1 box Funfetti cake mix (15.25 oz)
  • 1/4 cup sprinkles
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar


  1. In bowl beat cream cheese and butter together until smooth, add in egg and continue mixing, scraping sides as necessary.
  2. Add in the cake mix and beat until combined and finally stir in extra sprinkles.
  3. Chill dough for about an hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 350ยฐ Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  5. Form dough into 1 inch balls and roll in powdered sugar. Place on prepared baking sheet 2″ apart and bake for about 10 minutes.
  6. Allow to cool on baking sheet for 2-3 minutes and then transfer to wore rack to cool completely.


You might also want to check out my Strawberry Gooey Butter Cookies…I used virtually the same recipe and method, just a different flavor cake mix!

Strawberry Gooey Butter Cookies | Cookies and Cups

Or these White Chocolate Butter Bars….


Or even my Cookie Dough Gooey Butter Cake

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Gooey Butter Bars |

*I was either compensated and/or provided product for this post by Challenge Butter, but all opinions are decidedly my own. I am a huge fan of Challenge Butter!

142 Responses

  1. Sometimes a cookie does make everything just a bit better!
    These are “happy” and delicious looking cookies. I would love one with a nice cup of coffee. That certainly would brighten the day. Blessings, Catherine xo

  2. Real life confession: I used to (ok sometimes I still do) buy cake mix solely to eat straight from the box as a snack. It’s just so good and I’ve never been able to recreate it on my own. I cannot WAIT to make these!

    1. Jennifer

      Pillsbury makes a White Cake Mix as well, if you wanted to add in the red and blue sprinkles or any other color, based on the holiday!!!

      P.S. First batch in the oven right now…we can’t wait to try them.

  3. mary

    I just made these for Independence Day! I called them firecracker cookies bc they look like the colorful exploding firecrackers.

  4. Rachel

    I wasn’t crazy about these cookies just because they were not as sweet as I had hoped but my girlfriend and mom loved them. If you’re a sugar addict like me I would consider adding more sugar to the dough but if you’re looking for more of a biscuitty flavored cookie these are perfect.

  5. Barbara

    I need to do something for a breast cancer fund raiser and would like to use only pink sprinkles. Can I use a white cake mix (instead of funfetti) and add pink sprinkles?

  6. Jennifer

    how would you store these? Do u need to refrigerate them? And up to how many days will these be good for? And lastly is it ok to use red velvet cake mix instead?

  7. Rebecca

    I found these on pintrest and decided to try them. Let me just say that the whole batch was gone in ONE day! My family loved them! Even my husband, who hates cream cheese and is super picky about his sweets. They keep asking for more! I’m making 2 batches today ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Jill

    These cookies are easy and delicious. Rolling them in powdered sugar before baking gives them just the right amount of sweetness. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Tammy

    I just made these and they are more of a cakey consistency rather than gooey and dense (like I was expecting). Did I do something wrong?

        1. Shelly

          You can use either! It’s a taste preference, but I used salted. If you use unsalted, you might need to add a 1/2 tsp salt to the dough.

  10. Lynette Cruz

    I’m making my second batch of these!! If it was up to my family I would’ve made a second batch immediately after the first! We all loved them.What UI found was if I do exactly 10 minutes they come out like a gooey butter cake, if i let them stay just a few minutes longer like 4-5 they come out cakey,I love them both! Thank you for the recipe,definitely a keeper and so easy…I actually made them the second time without looking at the recipe,although i did double check to make sure i didn’t leave anything…Happy Thanksgiving!

  11. Sally

    I just took the first batch of these out of my oven and I’m TRYING to not eat the entire sheet of cookies! These are sweet, gooey, wonderfully colorful little bites. Will be making these for the Christmas tray, with red and green sprinkles. Delish – thank you!!

  12. Kayla

    Do I have to add the powdered sugar on the outside? I thought I had some, but turns out I don’t! And walmart is out of the question on Thanksgiving!

    1. Jean

      If you have regular sugar you can put it in a food processor and make it into powdered sugar, or just roll it in the regular sugar, that works too

  13. Tiffani

    If I were to not use the cream cheese in this recipe, should I substitute it with something else (more egg or butter..?) or is leaving it out entirely okay?

  14. Toni

    I made these this past weekend for my family’s annual cookie bake and man oh man were they YUMMY! They came out so soft and perfect. I will definitely make these again in the future.

  15. Lori

    These are soooo yummy! And yes these Are just like the “Paula Deen gooey butter cookies” like Gen S. Mentioned. OR…..(maybe hers are just like yours) ^-^ either way…. Yum. Love your sight. I enjoy your recipes.

  16. Katherine

    First time baking these ive seen them a lot lately and i have to say they are delicious . i sprinkled i little powdered sugar on them once they were cool because i did not use the 1/4 cup of sprinkles ( i thought it was just too much for my taste ) and they werent that sweet , it did the trick for me !

  17. Shannon

    Thanks for fun recipe. Just one note, your blog is very hard to use unless on a computer. From my iPad and phone the ads kind of make it a nightmare and the content takes forever to load. We made these today despite the challenge and they were a big hit!

  18. Shane

    I’m wondering about the cream cheese cause it’s the only thing I don’t have what would happen if I left it out

  19. Totally making these this weekend for my hubby. He LOVES funfetti cakes, I know he’ll really love these cookies! Gonna be a fun surprise ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Angela

    I am in heaven as I am a big Funfetti lover. I just bought Pillsbury’s gluten-free Funfetti cake mix. I’m hoping it works with that one. Also, can I use ay other butter besides Challenge? Thanks for sharing.

  21. Shelli

    LOVE these cookies! I make them all the time! Question…could this dough be used in a jelly roll pan to make as a bar cookie? I want to make in the morning for a family get-together, but I’m short on time…I appreciate the input!

  22. Michael Harvey

    I am making these for the third time since i found this on Pinterest: once each with Funfetti and Strawberry and making Funfetti again now. They don’t last more than a few days lol.

  23. MrsMasterChief

    Made these last night – exactly as written – but they were much more cakey than gooey. Any idea why that might be? Also had too cook them 15 minutes (first batch was nearly raw, but not gooey, with only 10). Flavor was good, but they were even better when I used a basic powdered sugar glaze + a tiny bit of almond extract drizzled over cookies when they were cooled. Definitely a very “Happy Birthday” recipe for cookie lovers.

  24. monica

    i can’t say i was a big fan of this recipe. i modified it by using strawberry cream cheese instead of original. the dough was super sticky and i was getting very frustrated trying to roll it lol. I’m still a beginner baker so i think i did decent.

  25. Caitlin

    These cookies are so good! Seriously one of the best cookies I’ve ever eaten/baked – my family has raved about them, I brought them into work and all my coworkers raved about them. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!

  26. Sue

    Oh my goodness. I’ve been making funfetti cookies from cake mix for at least 10 yrs, but it looks like I will have to try this version. It sounds absolutely delicious.

  27. Steph

    Do you use an ungreased cookie sheet? Parchment paper? The bottom didn’t turn out too good for me when I rolled the whole ball in powdered sugar.

  28. Kathy

    Made these today and used red & blue sprinkles for the 4th of July. My husband loved them, so I’m sure the grandkids will. I know I’ll be making these again. Thanks!

  29. Stacy

    I have made these several times for friends and family. Everybody absolutely loves them! They just melt in your mouth and are so easy to make!

  30. kathy

    Sorry, these cookies were terrible. Easy yes but if you’re looking for a cookie that
    tastes good, this isn’t it. If you don’t want to take the time to make real cookies then
    go out a buy them…this short cut isn’t worth it.

      1. Meagan

        Thank you . you can let them sit out because everything is cooked. They won’t spoil because of the cream cheese right ? Thanks so much





  33. Sarah

    I’ve been wanting to make these for a while now, but when my dog woke me up by peeing on me this morning, I decided I needed a pick me up. Well, I’m not sure if I did something wrong or if my mixer just sucks but the dough was really sticky. It got stuck on the mixers whisk things and was really hard to get off. It was also really thick and hard to mix by hand. Maybe it was because the cream cheese was the whipped kind and it was a little cooler than room temp. Anyways, they ended up needing a little more time in the oven, but they taste great! I did add a little extra sugar to make them even sweeter (:

    1. Beth

      It IS a sticky thick dough. I think you would have better luck using the flat beater or dough hook attachment. Then scoop that sticky batter in a ziplock bag & refrigerate. The directions say an hour but 2+ hours or even overnight has far better results. Before rolling them into balls “flour” your hands with powdered sugar. I hope my tips via trial & error help!

  34. Emily

    These are absolutely delicious! I love the fact that they aren’t so sugary. They have a very nice flavor and texture. They were loved by everyone who tried them! I also used a gluten free funfetti cake mix, and nobody knew ๐Ÿ˜‰

  35. Beth

    I realize this post is 3 yrs old, but I wanted to let you know I stumbled across this recipe & HAD to make them for our children’s table for Easter Brunch. Everyone loved them! The little ones were having to shoo away the adults!
    I follow a gluten free diet (90% of the time). So I made the gf version this week. I mistakenly picked up the gf funfetti cookie mix but it worked perfectly. My husband said they were better than the original ones!

  36. candice

    About how many does 1 box of cake mix make? I’ve made them before and loved them but am making them for my daughter’s confetti birthday party this weekend and I’m wondering how many batches I’ll need. thanks!!

  37. Trish E

    My neighbor is pregnant and craving sweets, but doesnโ€™t like sprinkles. Made this with a yellow butter cake mix and these are to die for. Melt in your mouth perfection. I love the way they crack on top. I made these the size of a medium walnut, and keep that dough chilled! They rise instead of spread. Taking to Thanksgiving dinner

  38. Elaine

    I wish I hadn’t added in the sprinkles to the mix!! they color of the dough is now the most putrid shade of puke green and they are probably not something I would put out for guests. I’ll have to salvage by icing these. I have made these before from another recipe and you just sprinkle them on top and press down. Much better idea.

    1. Shelly

      It all depends on the sprinkles you are using… The nonpareil sprinkles will definitely bleed a little bit, but the jimmy sprinkles or quin sprinkles won’t bleed.

  39. Marilyn

    These were AWESOME! I made them for my husband who is always begging me to make white cake and I always want cookies or brownies… perfect compromise! His face said it all at first bite!

  40. Bonnie

    These are amazing. I consider myself a pretty good baker – from scratch, but these will be made frequently because of flavor and easiness!

  41. Nickie

    While growing up, my birthday cake was funfetti, although I haven’t had it in over 2 decades.. When I saw this recipe, I was so excited to make this for myself and for my 16 mo old son, as a new and improved version from my childhood. So excited for my day off, thank you!

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  43. Carol

    HI I just made them with a lemon cake mix – they smell soooo good. But my 1st cookie sheet came out flat and the 2nd are beautiful and puffy. what happened? I would have thought the opposite since the dough would have warmed up by the time I finished rolling them for the 2nd tray.

  44. Sylvia

    Just made these for a cookie exchange at my office, and they are yummy! Of course I had to test them. I made these last year and wasn’t nearly as impressed, think maybe I cooked them too long then. They were perfect after exactly 10 minutes in the oven. The confectioners sugar adds just the right amount of sweetness to the dough.

  45. Amy

    I have a feeling my question won’t be answered in time, but will come in handy for future times.
    This year went to a Halloween party and these cookies were made. I probably ate about 30 cookies and had to get the recipe. I was told it was this page and after reading the ingredients, I was questioning the cream cheese. I read through all the comments and seeing cream cheese was a must, I just went for it. I am so glad I did. They are amazing and am making them for friends and family this Christmas. I am going to a party and need to make two batches and am wondering if its okay to just add two boxes together and double the ingredients? I know some recipes can be ruined by doing so.

  46. B-Boop

    I found this recipe many years ago. My favorite, the absolute very best is Butter Pecan cake mix. I always add extra pecans. Try it, you’ll love it.

  47. Mad4clay

    Made this cookie for my granddaughterโ€™s 1st birthday party. They were a hit! I actually made two batches but only cooked one due to time constraints. So I made the 2nd batch and brought them to work and everyone loved them.

  48. Kristen

    I’ve made these a million times, they are amazing but I usually make them right before whatever event I am bringing them, will they still be as good if I make them the Night before??

  49. Tonya

    Hi, absolutely love these! Iโ€™ve mde them in so many flavors..lemon cake mix with added zest & juice, strawberry with added crushed freeze dried strawberries, chocolate with added choc chips…the list can go forever!!

  50. Kelly

    I have made these over the past few years in several different flavors. Chocolate, Strawberry, Red Velvet, Funfetti, Carrot Cake, Spice Cake… Always a hit and so easy to make!

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