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4-Ingredient Paleo Gooey Butter Cookies

  • Author: Caitlin Self, MS, CNS, LDN
  • Yield: 24 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


These super easy cookies have a slightly chewy, cake-like texture and a rich vanilla flavor. They're a vegan & Paleo homage to the St. Louis Gooey Butter Cookie!


  • 5 ounces cream cheese / dairy-free cream cheese (this one!), slightly softened
  • 2.5 ounces butter / dairy-free butter (this one!), slightly softened
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 11.5-ounce box of GF/Paleo vanilla cake mix (this is the only one I've found to work)
  • optional: 2 Tablespoons powdered sugar or coconut powdered sugar for coating cookies, if desired


  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF and prepare baking sheets by lining with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the cream cheese spread and butter in a small bowl and mash with a fork until well combined. I often do this on my flat top stove (burners off) to let the residual heat from the preheating oven help soften the ingredients.
  3. Stir in the vanilla until well combined.
  4. Add the vanilla cake mix and stir until well mixed.
  5. Scoop into 24 even-sized chunks of dough and roll between two hands to smooth.
  6. Optional: you can roll these in some powdered sugar or powdered coconut sugar for that more classic crackle on top.
  7. Place on two parchment-lined baking sheets (or can use one and do two batches). No need to press flat. Bake for about 11-13 minutes on 375ºF.


To make powdered coconut sugar: blend coconut sugar in a small food processor or blender until powdery. I use the small food processor cup for this, and the small sauce cup for this one works great too.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Midwestern

Keywords: paleo dessert, baking, gluten free, gluten free baking, paleo baking

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