Cookie Dough Cupcakes Recipe

Kate Donahue | Food Babbles

Cookie dough cupcakes are a crowd pleaser like none other. One bite into that hidden cookie dough surprise will have everyone grinning.

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When it comes to cookies, I’m a pretty big fan. I’m indiscriminate in my cookie love, loving pretty much any kind you put in front of me. The classic chocolate chip cookie tends to be my go-to cookie though. Fresh out of the oven and still warm, so good!

I’m also one of those people that likes cookie dough almost better than the actual baked cookie. Chocolate chip tends to be my all-time favorite raw cookie dough to devour too. There have been times when I find that by the time I go to bake the cookies, I’ve eaten half the raw cookie dough.

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It’s just one of life’s little pleasures. So what if you took that little pleasure and hid it inside a fluffy cupcake? I like where this is going. Then perhaps we’ll top that off with a swirl of frosting and a little mini chocolate chip cookie. I’m thinking this is a bit of baking genius. This hefty dose of cookie dough sounds pretty amazing to me. I think you’ll agree.

I’ve paired my cookie dough explosion with vanilla cake. Vanilla is like a blank canvas that doesn’t take away from the star of the show. The prominent flavor here is definitely the cookie dough with a scattering of chocolate chips and hints of brown sugar. You can change this up in countless ways, though.

Perhaps you are a chocoholic. Make a chocolate cupcake to go with your cookie dough. That’s sure to be fabulous. Want that treasure tucked inside your cupcake to be a complete surprise? Don’t elude to it on the outside at all by removing that cute little cookie, although I really love it. Try changing up the frosting to chocolate or a swirl of both chocolate and vanilla!

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Chocolate or vanilla, when you bite into these cupcakes you’ll find a beautiful ball of cookie dough right in the center that is sure to delight with each bite.

Need more cupcake inspiration? We've got Funfetti Cupcakes and Strawberry Cupcakes too!

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Cookie Dough Cupcakes Recipe

      24 Servings


Cookie Dough Filling:
  • 1 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 8 tablespoons Unsalted Butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup Light Brown Sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Mini Semisweet Chocolate Chips
Cupcake Batter:
  • 1 1/2 cups Self Rising Flour
  • 1 1/4 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 2 cups Granulated Sugar
  • 4 large Eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 3 cups Confectioners Sugar
  • 1 cup Butter
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tablespoons Heavy Cream


Make Cookie Dough:

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, milk and vanilla until combined.
  4. Fold in the flour mixture and chocolate chips.
  5. Refrigerate for 15 minutes then scoop out 2 tablespoons dough and shape into a ball. Place on prepared baking sheet. Freeze at least 4 hours or overnight.

Make The Cupcake Batter:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two cupcake tins with paper liners. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flours and set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, add butter. Beat until light and fluffy. Add sugar slowly in 3 additions. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition and scraping down sides as necessary.
  4. Add flour, alternating with milk and mixing just until combined after each addition. Add vanilla and mix once more.
  5. Divide batter evenly among prepared cupcake tins. Place one ball of frozen cookie dough on top of each cupcake. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Remove cupcakes from oven and cool completely on a wire rack.

Make Frosting:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat confectioners’ sugar and butter on low speed until combine, about 1 minute.
  2. Increase speed to medium and continue beating 3-4 more minutes.
  3. Add vanilla and heavy cream. Beat 2 more minutes.
  4. Frost cooled cupcakes then garnish with a miniature chocolate chip cookie.



Source: Cake recipe adapted from Food Network.
Cake recipe adapted from Food Network.
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Author: Kate Donahue
Source: Cake recipe adapted from Food Network.
Recipe Yields: 24 cupcakes
Prep Time: 60 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 80 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cupcake
Servings Per Recipe 24

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 170
Calories 446

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g
  Saturated Fat 13g
Sodium 59mg
Total Carbohydrate 44g
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 40g
Protein 4g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Kate Donahue

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Kate babbles about all things food on her own blog, Food Babbles, and about feeding her girls the best way. Here on Food Fanatic, she wows us with her commitment to homemade, fresh baking, week after week.

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