Deliciously Simple Kentucky Butter Cake Cookies: A Sweet Southern Treat!

1. Introduction

Welcome to a sweet journey into Southern hospitality with our delightful Kentucky Butter Cake Cookies! These cookies are a charming twist on the classic Kentucky Butter Cake, transforming its rich and buttery essence into bite-sized wonders. Perfect for tea parties, family gatherings, or just a treat for yourself, these cookies are not only delicious but also incredibly simple to make. With a recipe that combines the convenience of a cake mix with the homemade touch of a buttery glaze, these cookies promise to bring a taste of Southern warmth to your kitchen. So, let’s get started and bake up a batch of these heavenly treats that are sure to be a hit with everyone!

2. Ingredients

For the Cookies:

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

For the Glaze:

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

3. Directions


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the white cake mix, whisked eggs, and melted butter. Stir until the mixture is fully incorporated.
  3. The dough will be thick. Using a medium cookie scoop or a heaping tablespoon, scoop the dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  4. Bake the cookies for 7-8 minutes. Be careful not to overbake.


  1. In a small saucepan, combine butter, sugar, water, and vanilla.
  2. Cook over medium-low heat, whisking constantly, until the sugar dissolves (about 4 minutes).
  3. Drizzle a teaspoon of glaze over each cookie, spreading it out if necessary.

4. How to Prepare

  • Ensure all ingredients are at room temperature before starting.
  • Mix the cookie ingredients gently to avoid overworking the dough.
  • For the glaze, keep the heat medium-low and whisk constantly for a smooth texture.

5. Preparation Time

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Bake time: 7-8 minutes per batch
  • Cooling time: 4-5 minutes on the cookie sheet, then transfer to a cooling rack.
  • Total time: Approximately 30 minutes

6. Servings

This recipe yields approximately 24 cookies, perfect for sharing.

7. FAQs

Q: Can I use a different cake mix flavor? A: Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with other flavors, though the classic white mix offers a traditional Kentucky Butter Cake taste.

Q: How long can I store these cookies? A: Store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Q: Can I make the dough ahead of time? A: Yes, you can prepare the dough a day in advance and refrigerate it until you’re ready to bake.

Q: Is it necessary to use parchment paper? A: Parchment paper is recommended for easy removal and cleanup, but you can also use a lightly greased baking sheet.

Q: Can I freeze these cookies? A: Yes, they freeze well. Just omit the glaze if you plan to freeze them, and add it after thawing.

8. Conclusion

Our Kentucky Butter Cake Cookies are more than just a dessert; they’re a delightful journey into the heart of Southern baking traditions. Easy to make and irresistibly delicious, they embody the simplicity and charm of down-home cooking. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or new to the kitchen, these cookies are sure to impress with their rich, buttery flavor and tender texture. So, put on your apron, preheat your oven, and get ready to fill your home with the sweet aroma of baking cookies. Let’s create some delicious memories, one cookie at a time!