Strawberry Gooey Butter Cookies

Strawberry Gooey Butter Cookies | Cookies and Cups

So I have had a super adult-ish day.

And I feel like someone should take notice.


I mean, when you do totally adulty things, don’t you want to tell someone?  No?

Well, I made dentist appointments today without even having the dentist call me and remind me…which is like major adult.

I also signed a few permission slips.  Which, I am going to admit is something I dreamed about doing as a kid…I would literally have daydreams about how I would sign my name on permission slips when I grew up.  I didn’t have many friends.

I changed a light bulb.  Which happens to be super annoying.  Not the whole screwing it in part, but the whole shopping for the correct light bulb part.  I mean HOWMANYLIGHTBULBSARETHERE?!?!

And I even went against all my primal instincts and answered the door when someone rang the doorbell.  They were just people selling religion, but still, I answered the door instead of hiding in a corner holding my breath until they left.

Apparently all these things are kind of expected of normal adult humans.  Which I have never claimed to be, except that weird month about 3 years ago where I decided to try and make the phrase “I’m a grown-ass woman” part of my regular vernacular.  It’s a time I like to forget.


Alas, I did also watch The Bachelor..and ate cookies for breakfast today too…

So maybe I’m not totally adult.

Don’t tell my kids.


Speaking of cookies for breakfast, you need to make these.  They are freaking amazing.  Delicious.  Easy.  Perfect.

Strawberry Gooey Butter Cookies.

Strawberry Gooey Butter Cookies | Cookies and Cups

All you need is some cake mix, cream cheese, butter and an egg.  Oh yeah, and a little powdered sugar.
PhotobucketMix the batter up. It’ll be thick.

PhotobucketI chilled mine for a bit because the dough gets kind of sticky…then I I rolled the dough into balls and coated them in powdered sugar!

PhotobucketPlace them on a parchment lined baking sheet…

PhotobucketAnd bake them until they are just set.  You want these to be soft cookies…

PhotobucketThen eat them.  So so good!

Now hop over to Confessions of a Cookbook Queen and check out the Chocolate Strawberry Brownies she made with Strawberry Cake mix!  The frosting, oh mah gah.



Strawberry Gooey Butter Cookies

  • Author: Cookies & Cups


makes about 24 cookies


  • 1 (8 oz) block cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1 box (18.25 oz) Strawberry Cake Mix
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar


  1. In your mixer cream together the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add egg and beat until combined.
  2. Turn mixer to low and slowly add in your cake mix. The dough will be thick.
  3. Refrigerate dough for about a hour or so, just enough so it’s not quite as sticky. Also, the colder the dough is the puffier your cookies will be.
  4. When dough is chilled preheat oven to 350°.
  5. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Place. powdered sugar in a small bowl
  7. Roll dough into balls about 1 inch in diameter, then roll in powdered sugar.
  8. Place about 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet and bake for approx 10 minutes until centers are just set.
  9. Cool on wire rack


adapted from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen


64 Responses

  1. These look incredible! I pinned them and am thinking about making them for Valentine’s Day.

    One question, if you don’t mind. . .how did you set up a template for your recipes? I always type them straight into the post, but they always look kind of messy.

  2. I just tried to reach through my screen to grab one of these and it didn’t WORK!!! DARN it!

    ” I made dentist appointments today without even having the dentist call me and remind me”…wait, you can CALL to make dental appointments?!? 😉 Seriously, why is calling to make those appointments such torture? I’d almost rather GO to the dentist than call to make the appointments.

  3. Here all this time I thought there was something very wrong with me & my whole avoidance of answering the door thing. Unless it’s kids! I’ll answer for kids! But if it’s an adult, especially an adult with a clipboard, I know it’s not gonna be good.

    Such pretty cookies!

  4. Sweetsugarbelle

    I will never be cool enough to be a grown ass woman. But grown ass woman breakfasts are overrated anyhow! These cookies are right up my alley! When teachers put me on the Valentines day cookie list, they get cookies like these! 🙂

    1. Ladawn

      Made these strawberry cookies last night and they were absolute heaven, I did make a couplfe of additions after they were baked, i added a cream cheese frosting and fresh sliced strawberries on top. OMG were they delightful!!!

  5. I know I’m SO not an adult because I can’t stand making doctor’s appointments. Like…at all. Ever. Maybe my mom still makes them for me. 😛

    And it’s BECAUSE you’re an adult that you can eat cookies for breakfast. WIN.

  6. I totally call my mom bragging and wanting recognition when I do something adult (and then I usually ask her to book a few appointments for me because being an adult is exhausting). And I don’t know why, but I feel a need to hold my breath when strangers knock on the door and I’m hiding from them 🙂
    These look like a cookie that I used to love as a kid, so I’m totally loving you right now (not that I’m not loving you when you’re not making these cookies…)

  7. My son Max and I make these cookies, they are his favorite! The only thing he doesn’t like is that they’re pink! He always wants these for his bday snack, but he has a lot of aniexty over them being pink! We add in the batter 1 teaspoon almond extract and 1/2 bag of white chocolate chips. And if I have time I will drizzle melted white chocolate on top. Super yummy! Thanks for sharing and just in time for Valentines!

    Seriously love your blog! I was stuck in traffic for 3 hrs the other day and your website was the only thing that saved me from pulling my hair out and banging my head against the window! I would look around at the other people sitting in their cars looking so distressed and was busting up laughing reading your postings! Lots of people had a look of concern for me, probably thinking I lost it!

    You might like these cookies I just made the other day

  8. Making dentist appointments always feels super grown up, as does picking up dry cleaning. Whenever I have to chaperone my students on a field trip I usually freak out internally at some point by silently screaming, “Who left me alone in charge of all these middle schoolers!”

  9. Danielle Goewert

    I love Gooey Butter anything. I sent Confessions of a Cookbook Queen a recipe similar to this. I change this recipe up depending on how I am feeling. Around Christmas we do Chocolate cake mix or Red Velevet with White Choclate Chips in it or Orange cake mix with white chip too. They are so good:) Now for a Nutalla ones. Hmmmmm….. Might be my next baking project. Love you site by the way:)

  10. Sarah

    These looked so good I ran to the store to get the cake mix. They did not disappoint! Now I must send them to work tomorrow (the ones left anyway) to save myself.

  11. Yes, your day is packed with adult activities. 😉 Definitely need to announce that to the world….I definitely would do the same. These cookies are so pretty. I’ve never tried using a cake mix for cookies (yet) but I really love how your cookies turn out. I bet these are perfect for breakfast, too.

  12. Marie M.C.

    You and Kristan make my day. Yeah, just like Clint. Only without the gun, just pounds of sugar! OK, now my lightbulb confession. I had a lightbulb in the toilet area of my bathroom that lasted FORTY YEARS!!!!!!! Not making this up. When it FINALLY bit the dust I carefully took it down, dusted it off (forty years of dust) and read it was a long-life bulb (100 watts) made by the Fuller Brush Co. I called the president or at least as high up in the company I could, to personally thank him and ask the company to send me several cases — so I would NEVER, ever change another light bulb. Guess what? They no longer make them. Of course. Why would corporate America want to make our lives easier. So I did a google search for “long-life light bulbs”. Found some on Amazon. Yea Amazon! Maybe they will last twenty years? Wish me luck.

  13. Justine

    These look so good! My family has made similar cookies for many many years, but instead of cream cheese and butter, we just use whipped cream. Especially love them with lemon cake mix as well. Will definitely have to try your version.

    1. Sherry

      Your version of these cookies sound good too. I’d like to try them. How much whipped cream do you use for a batch using one box of cake mix?


  14. You always crack me up! I love your blog and love your recipes. This was such a hit at my house. My husband and kids could not stop raving about these cookies. Thank you for sharing!

  15. You just reminded me of high school! In our school, once we turned 18, we were allowed to write our own notes for our absences 🙂 I was 18 for more than half of my senior year, so that was quite the dangerous policy! The funny thing is that rule is still in effect.

    My ‘adult’ things are always paying bills and making dinner when I don’t want to. Also, cleaning the bathroom…

  16. cher

    These were prettier than they were yummy, i thought. i couldn’t really taste the cream cheese. they weren’t bad, they just tasted like little strawberry cakes.

  17. Sherry

    Mine came out perfectly tender and puffy but weren’t very sweet. Slightly almost salty, so I rolled them in the powdered sugar again afterwards. Did I miss something?

  18. Alissa

    Okay, I want to know just HOW you got those cookies to stack like that…purely amazing!
    I love this recipe! I may make it for Easter next year, my family would love them!

  19. Kathy

    I love your spirit! The older I get (and I think I am old enough to be all of your followers’ mother…) the more I try to avoid “adultism.” I don’t mind making appointments so much, but I HATE opening the mail…even packages. I would rather be in the kitchen, baking your yummy strawberry cookies!!! THANK YOU for the recipe. 🙂

  20. CHicks

    I’m making ups couple of batches of the strawberry gooey cookies now for a principals’ meeting at my school tomorrow. I get so many compliments on these cookies! I had. A teacher tell me that she dreams about these cookies, a student screamed across the library that she loved me and my cookies were the best in the world, the dean asked for my recipe and brought cookies to two parties as a hostess gift. I am known as the Queen of Cookies in part to baking the famous Strawberry Gooey cookies!

  21. Carol

    I’m making a test batch to – ummmmm – make sure they are as yummy as I think they will be. I’m making cookies for a fundraiser for a horse rescue. We are having an Easter Benefit. If the Strawberry ones turn out like I think they will, I’m making chocolate and lemon. I can’t wait to try the lemon ones, because I was raised on a light fluffy cheesecake made with Milnot, lemon jello, sugar, and cream cheese.. It took me years, as an adult, to get used to the thicker, richer type cheese cake that is the norm.

  22. Ladawn

    Made these strawberry cookies last night and they were absolute heaven, I did make a couplfe of additions after they were baked, i added a cream cheese frosting and fresh sliced strawberries on top. OMG were they delightful!!!Made the funfetti cookies last night too, number 1 son loves funfetti cake!! Easy recipe, soft tasty cookies, everyone loved them.

  23. jessica

    Can these be kept on the counter after baking or should I store the leftover cookies in the fridge? Made the funfetti cookies the other night and going to make these tomorrow!

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