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How to Make the Best Cookie Dough Cupcakes: A Delicious Cupcake Recipe With Chocolate Frosting

Updated on August 12, 2012
Delicious cookie dough cupcakes made at the Nolan house.
Delicious cookie dough cupcakes made at the Nolan house.

Cookie Dough Cupcakes are a Delicious Dessert

Seriously, what could be better than cookie dough cupcakes?

Not much.

If you love chocolate chip cookie dough and cupcakes made from scratch, you'll love these yummy cookie dough cupcakes.

This cookie dough recipe isn't exactly quick and easy, but it's worth the effort. My family and I love these cookie dough cupcakes, and they are always a hit when we share them with others.

Cupcake Ingredients

3 softened sticks of butter (I like Land O Lakes)

1½ cups light brown sugar

4 eggs

2 2/3 cups flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

¼ tsp. salt

3 tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup heaving whipping cream

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (I like Ghirardelli)

Cookie Dough Ingredients

1 stick of butter, softened (I like Land O Lakes salted sticks)

3/4 cup brown sugar

2 cups flour

14oz can sweetened condensed milk (I like Eagle)

2 tsp. vanilla extract

1.5 cups semisweet chocolate chips (I like Ghirardelli)

Rich and Creamy Chocolate Frosting Ingredients

2 cups heavy whipping cream

1 bag of semisweet chocolate chips (I like Ghirardelli)

How to Make Cookie Dough Cupcakes

First, you'll want to make the cookie dough filling. This needs to be refrigerated or frozen for at least one hour.

In a large mixing bowl, cream your butter and brown sugar until they are light and fluffy. If you don't own any fancy kitchen tools, a regular fork will work just fine.

Stir in sweetened milk and vanilla.

Gradually add in your flour, stirring as you add it.

Add in 1.5 cups of semisweet chocolate chips.

Stir mixture well.

While your cookie dough is freezing, begin preparing your cookie dough cupcake batter.

Using a fork or mixer, cream your butter and brown sugar, just as you did for the cookie dough filling.

Add your vanilla and gently beat in your eggs.

Add your heavy whipping cream and stir well.

Stir in your dry ingredients. For best results, use a separate bowl to whisk your dry ingredients, then add them to your wet mixture all at once.

Add chocolate chips and stir well. Mixture should be thick, but not too thick. If your cupcake batter is too stiff, add more heavy whipping cream.

Pour batter into greased or floured cupcake liners. Stick a large clump of your frozen cookie dough in the center of each cupcake.

While your cookie dough cupcakes are in the oven, prepare your frosting.

Melt your semisweet chocolate chips over low or medium heat, STIRRING FREQUENTLY. This is important, as it will burn and become gritty if you fail to follow this step.

Gradually stir in your heavy whipping cream.

Stir frequently and quickly for about 3-5 minutes.

Allow mixture to cool but not harden completely before frosting your cookie dough cupcakes.

TIP: Sometimes I add a bit of powdered sugar to thicken up the frosting mixture.

Baking Time for Cookie Dough Cupcakes

Bake your chocolate chip cookie dough cupcakes in a preheated oven at 350 degrees.

Cooking times vary widely. Bake approximately 12-18 minutes, checking frequently after 10 minutes have passed.

Cookie dough cupcakes are done when a fork or toothpick inserted in the side, not the center, comes out clean. The center will be wet and gooey after baking.

Storage for Cookie Dough Cupcakes

Store your cookie dough cupcakes in the refrigerator for up to one week, if they last that long. Good luck getting your kids not to eat them.

Do NOT store them on the counter. They will not taste very good. The cookie dough filling tastes best when it is kept cold.

The Finished Product

Cookie Dough Cupcakes with Rich and Creamy Chocolate Frosting
Cookie Dough Cupcakes with Rich and Creamy Chocolate Frosting


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      SKCandles 5 years ago from Canada

      these look yummy!

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      Sunnyglitter 6 years ago from Cyberspace

      LOL Rosy, I will totally bring you some cookie dough cupcakes whenever I come over. :)

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      Rosy 6 years ago

      I knoe someone who needs to make me this for my "housewarming" since my birthday is too far away.

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Sunnyglitter-these look delicious. I'm not a huge fan of the cookie dough taste, but I love cupcakes.

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      Nicole A. Winter 6 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Oh, gosh, Sunnyglitter! So happy I found this recipe, it might be awhile before I can make them, but my mouth started watering, (I'm a chocolate addict!,) just reading about them! Thank-you so much for publishing this.

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      stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Yum Yum Yum Yum um Yum Great Hub.

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      Sunnyglitter 6 years ago from Cyberspace

      I checked out her recipe, and it looks delicious. I want that buttercream frosting! And everything else in her blog. Wow. I've found my new obsession. lol

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      scarletquill99 6 years ago from Australia

      I tried these - I used the recipe from Annie's Eats blog - it was DIVINE! The best cupcakes I've ever tasted ... but next up I'll have to try these! Thanks. You can't beat 'em - 2 of the best dessert items rolled into one!

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      Laura Izett 6 years ago from The Great Northwest

      ooohh this sounds yummy. I will try this for sure. I love how unique it is. I hope I don't become addicted!

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      Emma 6 years ago from Houston TX

      Useful and informative article that is really educating.

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      Sunnyglitter 6 years ago from Cyberspace

      Thanks for the comments, guys. I'm always looking for new ways to use cookie dough. It's just so darn yummy.

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      SUSIE405 6 years ago from Delray Beach, Florida

      These look like great cupcakes. I am going to try them.

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      schoolmarm 6 years ago from Florida

      Oh WOW - these look amazing! I have never had a cookie dough cupcake before - but I am definitely looking forward to it! Thank you!

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      DeLaro11 6 years ago

      I have got to try these they look awesome I don't even want to know calories just goodness!

      PS if you get a chance go to my Hub page I have a half dozen Hubs you might like


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      Sunnyglitter 6 years ago from Cyberspace

      Michelle, it makes about 24 cupcakes.

      imatellmuva, heavy whipping cream makes every recipe taste delicious! I'm like Paula Deen with my butter and dairy products lol.

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      imatellmuva 6 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore

      I sure will! All I need is the heavy whipping cream, and chocolate chips, and I'm on my way to this heavenly dessert! I can't wait!!!

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      Michelle 6 years ago

      How many cupcakes does this make?

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      Sunnyglitter 6 years ago from Cyberspace

      I hear you, imatellmuva- cooking from scratch is the best way to go! Stuff from a box just doesn't taste the same. Let me know how the cookie dough cupcakes turn out for you! :)

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      imatellmuva 6 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore

      I'm used to cooking from scratch, so this recipe is a breeze for me, and definitely sounds like a winner! I'm going to give it a whirl!