Ooey Gooey Lemon Butter Cookies

Imagine my surprise when I found out I could get all of the flavor and texture of a classic “Ooey Gooey Butter Cake” in a delicious cookie. I was even more thrilled, once I found out how easy they are to make. I start with a cake mix, and then blend in Challenge Butter and Cream Cheese, no mixer required. To really make these cookies shine, I added a punch of fresh lemon flavor. You will enjoy every bite of these cookies. Celebrate the freshness of lemon, and the joy that butter and cream cheese can bring to a cookie!


  1. 8 ounces Challenge Cream Cheese, softened
  2. ½ cup (1 stick) Challenge Butter, softened
  3. 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  4. 1 teaspoon lemon oil
  5. 2 tablespoons fresh lemon zest
  6. 1 whole egg
  7. 1 egg yolk
  8. 1 super moist lemon cake mix
  9. ½ cup powdered sugar


  1. 1

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

  2. 2

    In a large mixing bowl, stir together cream cheese and butter.

  3. 3

    Stir in vanilla, lemon oil, lemon zest and eggs.

  4. 4

    Stir in Cake mix, mixing until all ingredients are well incorporated.

  5. 5

    Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a 1 inch cookie scoop, measure out dough, place on parchment paper 2 inches apart.

  6. 6

    Using a drinking glass, slightly flattened out cookies. Spray glass with cooking spray if dough begins to stick.

  7. 7

    Dip each cookie in powdered sugar and place back on cookie sheet.

  8. 8

    Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes. Cookies should still be slightly soft in the center.

  9. 9

    Remove cookies and place on a cooling rack. Sprinkle with additional sugar if desired before serving.


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