Lemon Gooey Butter Cookie Recipe

Sweet, with a hint of tart, this lemon gooey butter cookie recipe is a real crowd-pleaser. You would never guess it starts with a boxed cake mix. Learn how to make them here!

Sweet, with just a hint of tart, this lemon gooey butter cookie recipe is a real crowd-pleaser. You would never guess it starts with a boxed cake mix!

This recipe is so easy to make and only requires a few ingredients. It’s perfect for an after-school snack for the kids or for sending in for class parties.

With any gooey butter cookie recipe, there is a fine line between underbaked and overcooked. You want to bake them long enough that the egg is cooked, but not long enough that the cookie takes on a cake-like consistency. I added some lemon curd to the recipe, which gives you a little more play room with the baking time. You could also use lemon pie filling.

Lemon Gooey Butter Cookie Recipe

Sweet, with a hint of tart, this lemon gooey butter cookie recipe is a real crowd-pleaser. You would never guess it starts with a boxed cake mix. Learn how to make them here!

  • (1) 8 oz bar of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup lemon curd
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 box of lemon cake mix
  • powdered sugar

Sweet, with a hint of tart, this lemon gooey butter cookie recipe is a real crowd-pleaser. You would never guess it starts with a boxed cake mix. Learn how to make them here!

With a mixer, beat the cream cheese, butter, egg, lemon curd, and vanilla until fluffy. Add the cake mix, mixing until well combined. Cover the mixing bowl and chill for at least 2 hours. (Or you can speed things up by sticking it in the freezer for a half hour.)

Sweet, with a hint of tart, this lemon gooey butter cookie recipe is a real crowd-pleaser. You would never guess it starts with a boxed cake mix. Learn how to make them here!

Roll the chilled dough into balls. I recommend using a cookie scoop so that all your cookies will be the same size and cook evenly.

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Roll the balls in powdered sugar. Resign yourself to the fact that you will somehow get powdered sugar everywhere 🙂

Place the dough balls on an ungreased baking sheet at least 2 inches apart. They will spread as they bake so there’s no need to smush them down.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Cool completely.

Do you ever have problems with your cookies sticking to the baking sheet?  Nothing is worse than making a pan of yummy cookies and not being able to get them off the pan! I really like making these lemon cookies on a silicone baking sheet.  The cookies slide right off and never stick!

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Lemon Gooey Butter Cookie Recipe

Ingredients

  • (1) 8 oz bar of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup lemon curd
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 box of lemon cake mix
  • powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. With a mixer, beat the cream cheese, butter, egg, lemon curd, and vanilla until fluffy.
  2. Add the cake mix, mixing until well combined.
  3. Cover the mixing bowl and chill for at least 2 hours. (Or you can speed things up by sticking it in the freezer for a half hour.)
  4. Roll the chilled dough into balls.
  5. Roll the balls in powdered sugar.
  6. Place the dough balls on an ungreased baking sheet at least 2 inches apart. They will spread as they bake so there is no need to flatten them.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Cool completely.
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Sweet, with a hint of tart, this lemon gooey butter cookie recipe is a real crowd-pleaser. You would never guess it starts with a boxed cake mix. Learn how to make them here!

This Lemon Gooey Butter Cookie Recipe is one my kids ask me to make over and over again. If you make this recipe, you will have to come back here and leave me a comment to let me know how you liked them. So tell me… What is your favorite cookie recipe?

22 thoughts on “Lemon Gooey Butter Cookie Recipe

  1. CD Loken

    YUM!! I LOVE all things lemon-and I can’t wait to try your cookie recipe!!! Thank you so much for sharing at The Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop! PINNING!

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    1. Jen Post author

      Thank you for the pin. I hope you enjoy the cookies!

      Reply
  2. Debbie Kitterman

    lemon and gooey – yes please! 2 of my favorite things in cookie form. pinning and will try later – It seems really easy too. I found you at #WayWow

    Reply
  3. Millie

    yummy!! these lemon gooey cookies sound like the best cookie ever!! I need a few (dozen) now!

    Reply
  4. Candace

    My husband loves lemon cookies. These will be so much better then the store bought ones I get him. My favorite are chocolate crinkles, which also get powdered sugar everywhere.

    Reply
  5. Nikki

    I love lemon in baked goods. And they sound delicious! Cream cheese and lemon curd in the recipe? And they make up into a cookie form? Holy smokes these are going to be fun! I just made some lemon curd last week and I still have some in the fridge I think this was meant to be! Yummy!

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  6. Sandra Garth

    Lemon, gooey and easy sound great to me. I have two children that would flip for these! Thanks for joining us again at Celebrate Your Story.

    Reply
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