This post is sponsored by Danish Creamery. All opinions are my own.
Wonderfully sweet and ultra soft, Gooey Butter Cookies are so easy to make from scratch! Featuring cream cheese, almond extract, and powdered sugar, these butter cookies are completely homemade – no boxed cake mix here. Add these simple cookies to your Christmas baking list!
Gooey Butter Cake Cookies
It wouldn’t be Christmas baking season in my family without a batch of homemade gooey butter cookies! Rich, creamy, and melt in your mouth delicious, these sweet cookies are always a hit. You can’t stop at just one!
What makes these cookies so amazing? Using my all-time favorite butter. Hint: you won’t regret it!
For more holiday baking recipes, be sure to check out my Christmas Sugar Cookies, Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies, Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake, and Holiday Ginger Cookies!
Why You’ll Love this Gooey Butter Cookies Recipe:
- Easy: These butter cookies come together in minutes with simple ingredients, many of which you have on hand already!
- Make Ahead: If you want to get a head start on your Christmas baking, these cookies are a great option. They’re freezer friendly – freeze before or after baking.
- So Festive! Rolled in powdered sugar, they look like little snowballs!
- High Quality Ingredients: For best results, I always recommend using high quality ingredients. I love using Danish Creamery European style butter for these butter cookies – you’ll taste the difference.
I love these for Christmas, but they make a great Easter cookie idea too!
The Best Ooey Gooey Butter Cookies
With such a short ingredient list, the quality of ingredients matters. For the best ever gooey butter cookies, European style butter is best!
European Style Butter
Danish Creamery butter is a staple in my kitchen – I recently used it to make Brown Butter Banana Bread and our fave Tuscan Chicken Skillet, and use it everyday at home! I’m constantly blown away – made in small batches, I can trust the quality. I trust that the cows are pasture-raised (always better!) and that each batch is churned by hand. This type of butter is perfect for baking and a must-use for these Gooey Butter Cookies.
When a recipe has “butter” in the name, using the best butter is the only way to go. Find out where to buy Danish Creamery near you!
How to Make Gooey Butter Cookies
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- Beat the Danish Creamery butter, cream cheese, and granulated sugar together.
- Add the egg and almond extract.
- Mix the dry ingredients together.
- Slowly add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and combine.
- Refrigerate the dough.
- Roll the chilled dough into balls.
- Roll the balls to coat each in powdered sugar.
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These cookies are best fresh, but they keep well in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 or 4 days. To extend their shelf life to 5-6 days, refrigerate them.
To make these gooey butter cookies ahead of time, freezing the dough is the best option. Place the dough onto a baking sheet, freeze it until solid, then wrap in plastic wrap and place into a freezer bag. The cookie dough will stay fresh in the freezer for up to 3 months.
If you’d like to freeze baked cookies, place the baked cookies onto a baking sheet, freeze them until solid, and place in an airtight container with parchment paper between each layer of cookies. Thaw frozen cookies at room temperature.
Yes! Do not skip this step no matter how much of a hurry you are in! Chilling the cookie dough solidifies the butter so the cookies won’t spread as much when you bake them.
- For super soft cookies, do not overmix the dough. When adding the flour, mix the dough together on a low speed so the gluten doesn’t become overworked (this leads to tougher cookies).
- Wait for the oven to fully preheat before baking the cookies. They bake quickly so keep your eye on them!
- Give some space between each cookie dough ball on the baking sheet – the cookies will spread while they bake!
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These cookies are super easy and so delicious. They never last long in my house❤
Those look wonderful, Brenda! Thanks so much for sharing!
Hi, I went to the butter site and it is not available in my area or anywhere close. Do you know if Kerry Irish gold butter could possibly work? It’s the only European butter I saw available around here.
Yes, any brand of European butter should work! Danish Creamery is just my personal favorite!
These tasted good but I couldn’t get them to bake. The inside was raw while the outside was browned. I tried flattening them, changing the temp, and the cool time. So confused!
Hi Jorin, I highly recommend investing in a kitchen scale to get the most accurate measurements for your ingredients. Too much butter could cause these cookies to spread and bake quickly on the outside while remaining raw in the middle. Be sure not to skip the chilling step, as it is crucial to reducing spread as well. The other issue may be your oven temperature. If you invest in an oven thermometer, you’ll be able to tell if your oven temperature is off, which can have a huge impact on the outcome of this recipe!
Made this with vegan alternatives & butter extract and they were amazing!
Thanks so much for sharing what worked for you, JoAnne!
This cookies are amazing
Those look great!!
I loved them.
I’m so happy to hear that, Rhonda!
Very good. I am also from St. Louis.I made them for Christmas. I will let you know how everyone liked them.
Those look wonderful, Rhonda!
The worst cookies I’ve ever made. They don’t taste like anything, only sugar. I was looking for a recipe for this type of cookie but this one is not it. The search continues.
I am sorry this didn’t work out for you.
Thanks for sharing!
These were disappointing for two reasons: 1) The provided guidance did not lead to cookies that were cooked through. I needed to up the cooking time by several minutes. 2) The large amount of almond extract dominated the flavor profile. I was hoping for a buttery, dairy taste, but just got an almond extract taste.
Modify to your liking and your oven!