Strawberry Gooey Butter Cookies

These Strawberry Gooey Butter Cookies are so fun, cute and delicious! This easy cake mix cookies recipe is perfect for Valentine’s Day or any other special occasion.

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Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies Recipe

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.

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How to Make Strawberry Gooey Butter Cookies

All you need is some cake mix, cream cheese, butter and an egg.  Oh yeah, and a little powdered sugar.

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Mix the batter up. It’ll be thick.

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I 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!

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Place them on a parchment lined baking sheet…

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

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Then eat them.  So so good!

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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: Shelly
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield Yield: About 24 cookies 1x
  • Category Category: Dessert
  • Method Method: Oven
  • Cuisine Cuisine: American


These Strawberry Gooey Butter Cookies are so fun, cute and delicious! This easy cake mix cookies recipe is perfect for Valentine’s Day or any other speacial occasion.


  • 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


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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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January 20, 2021 6:34 pm

I really loved these! So delicious, so pretty, and so easy — I think these would be a fun thing to bake with kids just because they’re so simple. I ended up using a lot more than 1/4 cup of powdered sugar just because the more sugar you use, the more of a pretty crinkly effect that you get, and I mixed some pretty sprinkles in with the sugar as decorations. I also tossed in some white chips for a strawberries and cream effect! The only thing I would say is that these are SUPER sweet, which some people might… Read more »

June 8, 2020 6:20 pm

Could this be adapted for a box mix that is 15.25oz rather than 18.25oz? That is all I currently have. Thanks!

January 18, 2020 11:42 am

Do these cookies need to be stored in the refrigerator because of the cream cheese. How long can you store the cookies.

December 8, 2019 1:06 am

Hi Shelly! I love all of your recipes and they never fail me! This was no different. I doubled the recipe and mixed in chocolate chips to the second half. Both version plain & chocolate chip were a hit! Thank you definitely will add to my regular rotation of recipes.

August 30, 2019 5:26 am

Ahahaha.. I spend a lot of my internet time on food blogs, and I usually skip over all the anecdotes and nonsense to get right to the recipe. But I just love your writing and your self deprecation, I don’t even care about the recipes. I mean, I do andtherecipesbetterbegood 🙂 But you’re awesome, and thank you for making me feel better about not being a more adulty adult.

February 26, 2015 5:03 am

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!

February 5, 2015 5:40 pm

i feel better knowing i’m not the only person who hides from the doorbell! i even stand still as though they can hear me if i move….

July 29, 2014 2:25 am

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.

April 17, 2014 10:05 am

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.

February 17, 2014 11:05 pm

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!

January 12, 2014 4:14 am

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. 🙂

December 2, 2013 5:49 pm

does this recipe call for oil or is the butter used in place of it?

May 14, 2013 11:58 am

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!

February 10, 2013 4:51 am

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?

February 3, 2013 10:42 pm

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.

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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