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These Kentucky Butter Cake Cookies are a batch of richness and complete satisfaction. But the best part about them is that they are so easy to make because they start with a cake mix. The addition of vegetable oil just won’t do, real butter is the only option. I can’t wait for you to see the entire cookie recipe, keep scrolling down!

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I just have to say, life is so much better with cookies! Wouldn’t you agree? It is not a secret that I love to bake and it is also not a secret that cookies are my FAVORITE!

These Kentucky Butter Cake Cookies are so awesome! If you have had Butter Cake {which is said to have been made originally by mistake} before than you know that it can be VERY rich. A small slice is all you need.

So that is why I have taken all of the traditional flavors and made them into a cookie. The perfect way to get all of the flavor without it being too much.

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Kentucky Butter Cake Cookie Tips

  • Sift or whisk the dry cake mix before adding any other ingredients. Once you add the wet ingredients any large pieces of dry mix are hard to get out.
  • Whisking the eggs before you add them to the mixture will allow everything to incorporate faster.
  • Melt butter but if it is too hot, let it cool before adding eggs. Otherwise the eggs will scramble.
  • Always use a cookie scoop to keep your cookies the same size. This allows all of them to bake evenly {see my other baking tips here}.
  • Do not over bake. It is so important to remove the cookies {even if they don’t look completely done} and let them cool on thecookie sheetfor 10 minutes.
  • The glaze uses granulated sugar, be sure to cook it long enough that it dissolves completely.

Cake mix cookies are especially wonderful and really so simple. It is a Butter Cake Cookie, so of course I used melted butter in the dough instead of vegetable oil. But my biggest piece of advice when baking cake mix cookies is NOT to over bake them but see all of my tips here.

Using a cookie scoop so that all of the cookies bake up well is always something I do. I also like using silicone baking mat on my cookie sheets but parchment paper works great too.

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Baking your Kentucky Butter Cake Cookies

Take them out of the oven, even if they look a little under done and then let them cool on the warm cookie sheet. This will let them continue to cook a bit and the cookie will set up to be just the right softness.

I encourage this with any cookie recipe you make. Unless of course, you like crisp cookies.

Kentucky Butter Cake Glaze

The glaze is made on the stove top. It has granulated sugar in it and so you need to be sure and cook it long enough for the sugar to dissolve. Nobody wants a gritty glaze.

A teaspoon on each cookie was the perfect amount.

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Kentucky Butter Cake Cookies Finishing Touch

A cookie sheet full of…YUMMMMMM! All they needed was a sprinkle of powdered sugar once the glaze has set up.

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After the Texas Sheet Cake Cookies I made with a cake mix were so popular, I decided to go ahead and try out another idea I had. I am so glad I did!

My “official” taste tester {my nephew, Owen}, told me that these were the best cookies ever! He also hoped I would make them again for him really soon, so I took that as a seal of approval.

My family totally agreed. The result is a moist, chewy and buttery cookie with a delicious glaze. It really is a Butter Cake…but in a cookie form and honestly, what could be better than that?? Excuse me while I go eat a cookie or three.

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If you love cookies as much as I do, then you have to check out these recipes!
  • Boston Cream Pie Cookie Bites
  • Brookies
  • Texas Sheet Cake Cookies
  • Cosmic Brownie Cookie
  • Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies
  • Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Kit Kat Cookies
  • How to Make Cake Mix Cookies Easily

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Kentucky Butter Cake Cookies

All of the buttery flavors of the traditional Kentucky Butter Cake but in a cookie that is made with a cake mix.

Course: Dessert

Author: June Albertson-Dick

Prep Time: 5 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes minutes

Servings: 16 cookies

4.17 from 517 votes

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  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 2 eggs {whisked}
  • 1/3 cup butter {melted}


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp vanilla



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

    Combine cookie ingredients in large bowl and mix until completely incorporated. NOTE: Dough will be thick.

    Using a medium sized cookie scoop {or heaping tablespoon}, scoop cookies onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.

    Bake for 7-8 minutes, remove from oven and let cool on cookie sheet for 4-5 minutes before moving them to a cooling rack. Repeat until all of the dough is baked.


  • Combine the glaze ingredients in a small sauce pan. Cook over medium-low heat until the sugar is dissolved {it took about 4 minutes}, being sure to whisk the whole time. Spoon a teaspoon of glaze over each cookie and spread out, if necessary.

  • Let glaze set and then sprinkle with powdered sugar. Keep your Kentucky butter cake cookies in an air tight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

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What is Kentucky butter cake made of? ›

A Kentucky Butter cake is the simplest cake you can find. The ingredients are truly pantry staples: eggs, butter, flour, sugar, baking soda, and buttermilk. Don't skip the buttermilk. Butternilk is essential for the rise of the cake and its tender texture.

What is another name for a butter cake? ›

Butter cakes (also referred to as creamed cakes) have a lighter texture and greater volume than pound cakes. Pound cakes (named because they originally contained one pound each of butter, sugar, eggs and flour) tend to be denser.

Why is it called butter cake? ›

A butter cake is a cake in which one of the main ingredients is butter. Butter cake is baked with basic ingredients: butter, sugar, eggs, flour, and leavening agents such as baking powder or baking soda. It is considered one of the quintessential cakes in American baking.

What is Snoop Dogg cookies? ›

Snoop Dogg's peanut butter chocolate chip cookie recipe - His original cookie features creamy peanut butter and semisweet chocolate morsels, making it the perfect indulgence this holiday season. #

What is Alabama State cookie? ›

A yellowhammer cookie is a type of stuffed drop cookie containing peanuts, pecans, oats, honey and peanut butter. Invented for a school baking competition, it became the official state cookie of Alabama later that year. The recipe includes locally relevant ingredients and is named after Alabama's state bird.

What is the difference between butter cake and margarine cake? ›

Margarine often has a lower saturated fat content and higher water content than butter does causing it to be much softer when cold. Because of it softer property, margarine can cause cakes to be less tender and cookies will generally spread out more and be less crisp when compared to the same recipe using butter.

Is butter cake the same as pound cake? ›

Are butter cake and pound cake the same? While both cakes are known for being deliciously buttery and rich with a fine, moist crumb, there is a difference between the two. Butter cakes (also referred to as creamed cakes) have a lighter texture and greater volume than pound cakes.

What type of cake is butter cake? ›

Butter cake is considered the quintessential American cake. Variations of it are often served at weddings and birthdays. The most common forms are white and yellow cake. Both are fairly simple and contain flour, eggs, butter, sugar, sometimes salt, and a chemical leavening pair.

What is the difference between oil cake and butter cake? ›

The spongy texture and moist flavor that oil creates can be a boon to certain recipes. Not to mention oil is cheaper and easier to work with. Butter will always provide superior flavor and that melt-in-your-mouth texture. In many recipes, combining the two gives the best of both worlds.

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