Chocolate Gooey Butter Cake Cookies

CHOCOLATE GOOEY BUTTER CAKE COOKIES are the perfect combination of gooey butter cake and soft cookies! Being from St. Louis, we are big fans of gooey butter cake. It’s even better when you add chocolate and make into cookie form! One of my favorite Christmas cookie recipes!

close up image of a stack of CHOCOLATE GOOEY BUTTER CAKE COOKIES

Here in STL we have a favorite dessert, Gooey Butter Cake! We served it at our wedding and some out of town friends were so blown away I had to ship them some a few months later. It’s ooey, gooey, buttery (yep…the title works) and just oh so addicting. I love it, but I wanted to see if I loved it just as much with chocolate and in cookie form. Spoiler alert, I DO!

These CHOCOLATE GOOEY BUTTER CAKE COOKIES are out of this world and the perfect easy (Hello, they’re made from cake mix!) baking recipe for the holidays. You can make a batch to take to work, one to take to family Christmas, and a couple to keep at home and chip away little by little. 

Baking Chocolate Gooey Butter Cake Cookies


baking sheet of CHOCOLATE GOOEY BUTTER CAKE COOKIES with powdered sugar. One has a bite taken out of it.

These have the same great texture as Saint Louis Gooey Butter Cake, but with CHOCOLATE! I’m a huge fan of chocolate and if I have my choice, that’s what I’ll always pick. Slightly crispy outside and (you guessed it) gooey inside. Are these the ultimate Christmas cookie?! Just maybe! If you make a dozen of these for Santa I do believe you’ll get all your hearts desires this year. No one making these lands on the naughty list. These cookies can win over anyone and everyone.

Incidentally, gooey butter cake isn’t reserved for cake and chocolate gooey butter cake cookies. Care to try a gooey butter cake martini, pumpkin gooey butter bars, or gooey caramel apple cake?

cookie sheet full of CHOCOLATE GOOEY BUTTER CAKE COOKIES dusted with powdered sugar


Pat and I polished off more of these than I care to admit in less time than I care to admit. Hey, we are chasing around a crawling baby. A very fast crawling baby. My iphone step counter doesn’t account for scooting across the floor at the speed of light. LOTS of calories burned around here.

5 CHOCOLATE GOOEY BUTTER CAKE COOKIES wrapped with blue and white twine, tied into a bow on top

Chocolate Gooey Butter Cake Cookies for the win. Merry Christmas!

Chocolate Gooey Butter Cake Cookies Recipe:

Serves 24

Chocolate Gooey Butter Cake Cookies

I love CHOCOLATE GOOEY BUTTER CAKE COOKIES! Being from St. Louis, we are big fans of gooey butter cake. It's even better when you add chocolate and make into cookie form! One of my favorite Christmas cookies!

15 minPrep Time

12 minCook Time

27 minTotal Time


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4.8 based on 5 review(s)


  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 8 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (18 ounce) box Dark Chocolate Fudge Moist Chocolate Cake Mix
  • ¼ teaspoon coarse or kosher salt
  • 1 cup confectioner’s (powdered) sugar (*See Note)


  1. In a large bowl of an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth, approximately 3 minutes.
  2. Mix in egg and vanilla extract.
  3. Add salt and cake mix and beat on medium until smooth, about 1½ minutes.
  4. Refrigerate dough for 1-2 hours or until batter is firm enough to roll into balls.
  5. When ready to bake, heat oven to 350°F and cover baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll chilled dough into 1 tablespoon sized balls and roll in confectioner’s sugar. Place cookies 2-inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Bake 12 minutes (no longer). The cookies will look and feel a little wobbly and soft.
  7. Place tray on a cooling rack to cool for 2 minutes, and dust the cookies with more powdered sugar (I use a mesh strainer).
  8. Transfer individual cookies to the cooling rack to completely cool.
  9. Dust with more powdered sugar, if desired.
  10. Enjoy!
  11. *Note – If a more intense chocolate flavor is desired, mix ½ cup cocoa powder with ½ cup confectioner’s sugar for the powdered sugar coating.


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Yummy! I've never heard of butter cake cookies before but they sound delish! I can't wait to try these, pining them for later!
I've never made butter cake before, but it sound awesome. And who doesn't love a gooey buttery chocolate cookie? these sound so amazing! the boyfriend is a big fan of chocolate, so i may just have to make these for him :-)
chirurgie plastique tunisie
Yummy! mm i test it this weekend.
Hi! I made these last week for a christmas cookie exchange and they tasted FANTASTIC...a big hit at the paRty! They came out pretty flat and that normal or did I do something wrong? After the first batch came out flat, I refrigerated the already rolled up balls before baking but it didn't make much difference. Not a big deal because they were yummy, but just wondering if theyw ere supposed to be flat and deliCate. Thanks for sharing!
    Becky Hardin
    I'm so glad they tasted great! Ours weren't super flat or delicate, they were pretty substantial. I'm not sure what the problem could have been...I'll ask my Mom what she thinks as well.
Michele Burgess
What is the kosher salt for on the chocolate gooey butter cake cookies recipe?
    Becky Hardin
    So sorry about that, we had accidentally left the salt out of the instructions. So glad you caught that :)
Becky! OMG! Best cookies ever! I wasnt sure if i should refridgerate but i did and they were even better cold. New Cookie for our cookie tray this christmas. Thanks for sharing:) Happy Holiday's!
    Becky Hardin
    YAY! I'm so glad you loved them!! Made my day to hear that. And honestly I didn't keep mine cold but I want to try them that way next time, that sounds delish!
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