Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

It’s about time for another cookie dough dessert.  My obsession with cookie dough continues with cupcakes.  I’m sure my fellow cookie-dough lovers can relate.  Today, I give you:  Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes 

There are more than a few folks who have whipped up a version of Cookie Dough Cupcakes.  My friend Cheryl has shared a fabulous version using a chocolate chip cupcake for the base.  And I’m drooling over the beautiful Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes that my friend Amanda shared too in fancy wrappers and all.  This is a cupcake flavor that is simply irresistible to make.

This recipe is for 12 cupcakes.  If you want 24, just go ahead and double everything.  I went with a chocolate cupcake batter.  The batter is whipped up in the blender, a genius idea from Abby Dodge.

Egg-free chocolate chip cookie dough is mixed up, scooped into cookie dough balls and FROZEN.  The freezing will help the cookie dough STAY COOKIE DOUGH during the baking process.

If you’d prefer to bake your cookie dough a little bit, let the cookie dough peek out the top of the batter like this.  The top of the cookie dough will bake into a cookie-like texture, while the bottom will stay more cookie dough-like.  If you’d rather have more of a raw cookie dough in there, poke the dough underneath the batter.

I made mine so they baked up half and half- a little baked cookie on top and doughy underneath.

The frosting is an absolutely amazing-tasting cookie dough frosting!!  No kidding.  It’s addicting and yummy.   I used Tidy Mom’s recipe for the frosting- again, no egg.

And of course you need some mini chocolate chip cookies and mini chips as garnish too.

I tend to get a little out of control with cookie dough, so anything resembling cookie dough is far too dangerous to have around my house.  I ate a sample cupcake and then I shared them with Recipe Girl Cookbook photographer Matt and his fabulous team when I visited his studio for the cookbook shoot last week.  They had plenty of food lying around from the shoot, but I’m pretty sure they managed to eat these too.  These cupcakes are not going to be in the cookbook, but they’re good nonetheless.

If you’re a crazed cookie dough fan like me, you simply must try them.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

Yield: 1 dozen cupcakes

Prep Time: 45 min + freeze time

Cook Time: 25 min


3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons granulated white sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup granulated white sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup hot water
1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil
1 large egg
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) salted butter
1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

additional mini chocolate chips
12 mini Chips Ahoy cookies


1. Prepare the cookie dough filling (see *Tips below): In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to stir together the butter, sugars, milk and vanilla. Stir in the dry ingredients and the chocolate chips. Refrigerate for 15 to 30 minutes, or until the cookie dough is firm. Scoop out dough in 2 tablespoon scoops and place it on a cookie sheet. Freeze until firm, at least 30 minutes.

2. Prepare the cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a cupcake pan with 12 liners. Place the flour, cocoa, sugar, baking soda and salt in a blender. Blend to combine. Add the water, oil, egg and vanilla. Blend to combine, scraping down the sides as needed a couple of times until all is well mixed. Divide the batter between the 12 cupcake liners. Drop a ball of frozen chocolate chip cookie dough into the center of each cupcake. If you would like the cookie dough to bake up slightly, keep the top visible as pictured in the post. If you'd like to keep the cookie dough somewhat raw, push it to the bottom of the cupcake wrapper, making sure that the batter comes up and over the dough.

3. Bake the cupcakes for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cupcake portion of the cupcake (not tested through the center where the dough is), comes out fairly clean. Cool the cupcakes completely before adding the frosting.

4. Prepare the frosting: In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to combine the butter and sugars until smooth and creamy. Mix in the flour, milk and vanilla and continue to mix until all is well combined.

5. Assemble: Frost cupcakes with a knife or scoop the frosting into a piping bag and pipe it on decoratively. Sprinkle mini chips on top and garnish with a small chocolate chip cookie.


*You don't necessarily have to melt the butter and refrigerate the dough before scooping. The melted butter just helps the sugar dissolve a bit more so you don't have that grainy texture in the cookie dough. It is necessary to freeze it though.

Source: (cupcakes from this recipe, frosting adapted barely from TidyMom)

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173 Responses to “Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes”

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    Anne Pedersen — April 9, 2012 @ 3:13 AM

    OMG whats up with all the sweets – I thought you were on a diet?

    I’d love to see healther food :-)

    Thanks for a great blog,

    • Lori Lange replied: — April 9th, 2012 @ 6:00 AM

      Sorry about that… what I share on the blog doesn’t always reflect what I’m eating in real life… though I do admit to eating one of these cupcakes!

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    TidyMom — April 9, 2012 @ 4:08 AM

    Lori I love the idea of making these with a chocolate cupcake!!

    The ones I made were a HUGE hit, my family mentions them often……actually beg for me to make them again.

    You’re look delicious! I love see the shot of you decorating them too!!

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    Katrina — April 9, 2012 @ 4:48 AM

    These sound simply lovely! Yummy!

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — April 9, 2012 @ 5:20 AM

    These look amazing! Hope you are well and to see you soon!

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    Blog is the New black — April 9, 2012 @ 5:28 AM

    I’ve made these before and they are TDF!

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    Jenny Flake — April 9, 2012 @ 5:33 AM

    Yah, I’m salivating at 5:30am for one of these, lol! They look delish! xoxo

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    Cookbook Queen — April 9, 2012 @ 6:09 AM

    I’d LOVE one of these for breakfast. Or two. I’m going to think about these ALL MORNING!! They look great, Lori :)

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    Christina @ This Woman Cooks! — April 9, 2012 @ 6:13 AM

    I adore them and can’t wait to make them!

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    Living The Sweet Life — April 9, 2012 @ 6:16 AM

    Is it terrible that I haven’t even had breakfast yet, but I’d LOVE to sink my teeth into one of these? They look SOOO delicious :)

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    Maria — April 9, 2012 @ 6:23 AM

    My kind of cupcake:)

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    Amy @ The Blond Cook — April 9, 2012 @ 6:24 AM

    Once again; no breakfast reading this…..LOL. :-) These cupcakes look insanely mouth watering and I must try them asap. Your photography inspires me also ~ great photographs!

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    Mimi — April 9, 2012 @ 6:45 AM

    What recipe did you use for the cookie dough balls?

    • Lori Lange replied: — April 9th, 2012 @ 6:49 AM

      Yeah, it helps if I actually include the recipe. Whoops- just added the code. Thanks :)

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    Ben — April 9, 2012 @ 6:55 AM

    Oh those are beautiful!

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    Tracey — April 9, 2012 @ 6:56 AM

    Love these Lori! I could live on cookie dough :)

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — April 9, 2012 @ 7:14 AM

    Oh my Gosh! I just want to make them because they look like fun!! Gorgeous!!!

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    The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh — April 9, 2012 @ 7:18 AM

    Definitely making these. I fear the frosting may never make it to the cupcakes!

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    Lauren — April 9, 2012 @ 7:20 AM

    I just died. OMG.

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    Kathy - Panini Happy — April 9, 2012 @ 7:53 AM

    Definitely a cupcake for cookie dough lovers (of which I am one!). I’m especially intrigued by this cookie dough frosting…

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — April 9, 2012 @ 8:09 AM

    Oh mah gah. This made my monday!

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    Cassie — April 9, 2012 @ 8:15 AM

    I am mesmerized by the swirls of cookie dough frosting, Lori. That is my dream frosting!

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    Resh — April 9, 2012 @ 8:46 AM

    oh wow…..lovely cuppies and awesome clicks ;) …will give it a try soon

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    Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids — April 9, 2012 @ 8:53 AM

    Well, I am kind of speechless. These cupcakes combine some of my most favorite dessert obsessions. Wow. Yummy!

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    Reem | Simply Reem — April 9, 2012 @ 10:38 AM

    These cupcakes are making me weak in my knees…. I am really swooning over those gorgeous swirls of luscious frosting….

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — April 9, 2012 @ 10:40 AM

    Absolutely need that cookie dough frosting in my life!

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    Annamaria at Bakewell Junction — April 9, 2012 @ 10:41 AM

    These look great! I can’t wait to try them and see the reactions I get when I give them away. Thanks so much.

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    sally @ sally's baking addiction — April 9, 2012 @ 11:53 AM

    Lori, these cupcakes look fantastic! cookie dough IN cupcakes? genius. Question- which tip did you use for that frosting? i’ve never seen a more perfectly frosted cupcake!

    • Lori Lange replied: — April 16th, 2012 @ 2:09 PM

      I’m not sure- big tip and standard swirl!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — April 9, 2012 @ 12:26 PM

    Oh my – cookie dough balls sitting in the middle of a chocolate cupcake? Yes, please!

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    Vanessa — April 9, 2012 @ 5:08 PM

    Wow – these look so good! I I wish I had some of these at my house right now!

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    Melissa M — April 9, 2012 @ 5:32 PM

    Whoa. I’m in love.

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — April 9, 2012 @ 6:06 PM

    Ah-Mazing!! I am a such a sucker for cookie dough. These cupcakes are so cute, and sound wonderful!

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    Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) — April 9, 2012 @ 6:15 PM

    Crazed cookie dough fan here!! I will add these to my must-make list!

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    Chris — April 9, 2012 @ 7:16 PM

    My son is begging me to make your cupcakes – seeing that it’s just the two of us this week, we will be doing just that! Yum!

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    Johanna — April 9, 2012 @ 8:00 PM

    Hi Lori! this cupcake recipe looks so good! I don’t think anyone would be able to read this post and not try this recipe…Thankyou, Johanna.

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    Tanya — April 10, 2012 @ 3:48 AM

    I have alway seen cookie dough cupcakes with a vanilla or yellow cake base. I the contrast the chocolate gives. . I will add this to my to try list. Thank you.

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    Sarah Caron — April 10, 2012 @ 8:49 AM

    Cookie. Dough. Cupcakes. ?!? Are you trying to kill me? These sound absolutely incredible. Great idea!

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    Jessica @ Portuguese Girl Cooks — April 10, 2012 @ 12:41 PM

    I want to RUN to the kitchen right now and make these, they look sooooo good! Beautiful pics!

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    Noble Pig - Cathy — April 10, 2012 @ 2:12 PM

    These look great. Love that giant cookie dough ball!

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    Barbie — April 12, 2012 @ 1:25 PM

    I made these a few days ago and all I can say is… Amazing!

    They were divine and sinful at the same time!

    Thank you, Lori!

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    E — April 13, 2012 @ 11:32 PM

    These cupcakes we’re fabulous! They look so good with the garnishes, and tasted amazing too! :) Thanks for sharing!

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    Blair — April 16, 2012 @ 12:12 PM

    Quick question- I am making these tonight…but my friend does NOT have a blender…can we make the batter for the cupcakes by mixing by hand/hand mixer??

    • Lori Lange replied: — April 16th, 2012 @ 2:22 PM

      Yes, I’m sure that would be fine!

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    Kristen — April 17, 2012 @ 1:42 PM

    These look soooo good, Lori!

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    Haley — April 18, 2012 @ 1:20 PM

    Can you make these with already prepared cookie dough from the store? Trying to simplify. They look so yummy! ;)

    • Lori Lange replied: — April 19th, 2012 @ 4:32 PM

      I haven’t tried it that way, but the dough from the store will have egg in it. Don’t use the dough from the store unless you’re comfortable eating raw dough with egg in it.

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    the urban baker — April 18, 2012 @ 4:28 PM

    wow, Lori, these are gorgeous. And I can only imagine what they are going to taste like. Cannot wait for the book – so excited for you!

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    Sal — April 20, 2012 @ 2:05 PM

    These are absolutely delicious! Tried them for the first time the other day, and everyone I shared them with fell in love with them. So much so that I had to reveal where I got the recipe from and send them a link to this page. Only just recently discovered your website and I LOVE it! Will definitely be trying out lots more of your yummy recipes. Thank you!!

    • Lori Lange replied: — April 20th, 2012 @ 4:44 PM

      You’re welcome!

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    Taneesha — April 23, 2012 @ 2:33 PM

    OMG! Where have these been all my life? I only recently discovered the deliciousness of hiding things in cupcakes, the weekend can’t come fast enough so I can try these ones out!

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    Francesca — May 8, 2012 @ 4:35 AM

    thank you Lori. Your cupcakes look lovely. Hope you enjoyed x

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    Taneesha — May 11, 2012 @ 12:40 AM

    I finally made these and took them into work! Holy moly there was almost a stampede to get one! So delicous…glad I left one at home to enjoy that night!

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    Marie V. — May 13, 2012 @ 4:34 AM

    It looks like you made mini cupcakes. I am going to make these for my sons birthday, but want to make regular size cupcakes about (24-30) If that is correct, What size (approximately) should I make the cookie dough balls? Can I make the cookie dough a few days ahead and refrigerate in an air tight container? I am so excited to make these!!!!

    • Lori Lange replied: — May 14th, 2012 @ 10:11 AM

      Nope- they are regular-sized cupcakes! I think making the cookie dough a little bit ahead of time would be just fine.

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    Amanda — May 15, 2012 @ 7:22 AM

    Do you think using boxed cake mix would work for the cupcakes, as I’m pressed for time any time savers would help!

    • Lori Lange replied: — May 16th, 2012 @ 9:28 PM

      I think that would probably work out just fine.

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    Allison — May 17, 2012 @ 11:18 AM

    I made these this morning. They are super yummy. My frosting though was a bit gritty, must have been from the brown sugar. Was yours like that?
    Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Lori Lange replied: — May 17th, 2012 @ 11:20 AM

      Yeah, slightly. It’s “cookie dough” – ish so it’s going to have that texture somewhat.

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    Zinat — May 28, 2012 @ 3:54 PM

    Is it ok if i freeze the cookie dough over night?

    • Lori Lange replied: — May 29th, 2012 @ 6:54 AM

      Should be… just make sure that it’s wrapped well in the freezer so it doesn’t dry out.

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    Lesley — June 8, 2012 @ 6:54 PM

    Have you made them, iced them & frozen them for a few days? When I make cupcakes with candy bar in them or cookies , it is fine , but just had to ask :0) Sounds scrumptious!

    • Lori Lange replied: — June 10th, 2012 @ 7:12 PM

      I didn’t try freezing the cupcakes.

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    LindZ — June 10, 2012 @ 6:59 AM

    These are the cupcakes best ever. They are time consuming but tase great I always double the recipe.

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    Mimi — June 14, 2012 @ 9:50 PM

    Do you have to refrigerate these cupcakes because the frosting has milk in it, or no?

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    Andrea — June 26, 2012 @ 10:13 AM

    These cupcakes were amazing!! but the frosting was very appealing

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    elizabeth — July 6, 2012 @ 12:30 PM

    Will these cupcakes keep well?

    • Lori Lange replied: — July 8th, 2012 @ 3:51 AM

      I’d say they’re best eaten within a couple of days of being made.

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    jess — July 10, 2012 @ 10:17 AM

    Hi! Im using this recipe just for the chocolate cupcskes. Im always nervous about doubling a recipe. Have you doubled the cupcake part of the recipe with good results?

    • Lori Lange replied: — July 11th, 2012 @ 10:18 AM

      I’ve only made this recipe as written!

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    Amanda Williams — July 29, 2012 @ 5:16 PM

    Help! I followed frosting steps, and it is very thin! Not at all like frosting should be. I retraced everything, made it again, and same consistency. Should I let it stand for a bit?

    • Lori Lange replied: — July 30th, 2012 @ 10:06 AM

      What sort of consistency did you end up with? It should be a soft cookie dough consistency as you see in the photos!

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    Olivia — August 5, 2012 @ 10:47 AM

    I absolutely love this recipe, I have used it twice and each time the cupcakes have come out fabulously! just make sure you don’t stray to far from the directions because it could go wrong quickly

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    Katie Mackin — August 13, 2012 @ 9:53 PM

    Hi… I just made these this weekend, and they were delicious!! :)
    Is there any suggestions you may have to get the cookie dough frosting to come out smoother? The frosting I made came out with a very “grainy” texture.

    • Lori Lange replied: — August 14th, 2012 @ 8:22 AM

      Well, it’s cookie dough… so it’s going to have a bit of that grainy texture. Not sure how to avoid…

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    christa — August 21, 2012 @ 5:03 PM

    Hey Lori, I made the frosting as directed but it is VERY runny. So I tried it again but some results. PLEASE help I have to deliver these cupcakes tomorrow afternoon.

    • Lori Lange replied: — August 21st, 2012 @ 5:06 PM

      How is it runny? The only liquid you used was 1 1/2 tablespoons of milk and 1 teaspoon of vanilla, right? It should be thick as pictured. Did you use butter? You didn’t melt it, did you? I don’t know how to help. Maybe just start with no milk and add it as needed?

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    christa — August 21, 2012 @ 6:40 PM

    It was too runny to put on a cupcake. My butter was at room temp. but I tried again with unsalted butter (Land O Lakes) and had a much better consistency but not the same taste. I think my butter was the issue but I sure do love the flavor the other butter gives it. I ended up using my buttercream recipe and adding some dark brown sugar and mini chocolate chips, it had a much better consistency and was almost the same flavor. I’m going to try another type of butter to see if that makes a difference but I do love the recipe and can’t wait to get it just right.
    Thanks for your quick response!! I can’ t wait to try some of your other recipes!

    • Lori Lange replied: — August 21st, 2012 @ 6:43 PM

      That’s so strange! I just usually use the generic butter at my market. It was definitely not runny!

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    Micaela — August 31, 2012 @ 3:28 AM

    Hi Lori! I stumbled across your website a few days ago and there are SO many recipes I cannot wait to try out! They all look so amazing, and this recipe especially caught my eye! I made them this afternoon and my god, they are just to die for! I had so much fun baking them and will make sure everybody knows where I got the recipe from. This is definitely one of my favourite websites now :-)

    • Lori Lange replied: — August 31st, 2012 @ 9:55 AM

      awesome- thanks!

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    joanne — September 5, 2012 @ 9:28 AM

    thanks for this recipe. i tried this today and they turned out great! my cookie dough turned a bit too wet so i added flour and sugar. picture found here! thanks for sharing!

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    Lauren — September 6, 2012 @ 9:42 AM

    I just made these for my friend’s birthday and they are absolutely delicious! Rave reviews :)

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    Magen — September 19, 2012 @ 8:09 PM

    In the midst of making these and am so confused! Two tablespoon scoops of dough seem huge! And I’m finding that I need way less batter because the weight of the frozen dough is making the batter level higher. Any ideas?

    • Lori Lange replied: — September 19th, 2012 @ 8:12 PM

      Scoop out an amount that will work for you! You can see from my photos that the batter level came up pretty darn high after I dropped the frozen dough in there!

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    KatiesKupKakes — September 25, 2012 @ 8:02 PM

    I just made these. The chocolate cupcake is moist and flavorful. The frosting is a bit too grainy for my taste. So next time, I will run the brown sugar through my grinder. Nonetheless, it tasted fantastic and everyone loved them. Will be making them again for sure. :)

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    Chloe — October 16, 2012 @ 12:15 AM

    Just wanting to make these and wondering-you could make the cookie dough a day or two before and freeze it for that long, right?

    • Lori Lange replied: — October 16th, 2012 @ 1:18 PM

      should be fine, but I haven’t done it so I can’t say for sure.

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    Chan — October 19, 2012 @ 5:47 PM

    Can I substitute the chocolate chip with white chocolate chip? (:

    • Lori Lange replied: — October 21st, 2012 @ 9:47 PM

      sure- personal preference.

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    Karen Nazario — November 4, 2012 @ 2:18 PM

    Wow this looks extremely delicious and the appearance of it is truly beautiful as well. I’m looking for a recipe to use as a project for one of my classes and I believe I finally found it. Thank you so much Lori.

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    Victoria — November 7, 2012 @ 12:05 AM

    Made these last night and iced them today. They taste so good. Picture is here:

    • Lori Lange replied: — November 7th, 2012 @ 5:33 AM

      You made them in coffee cups? So cute!

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    Brigid — November 18, 2012 @ 9:37 AM

    The cupcake was delicious. But instead of a cookie dough frosting I used a Ganache which gave it a very sophisticated taste.

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    Linda — November 21, 2012 @ 1:33 PM

    Do the finished cupcakes need to be refrigerated because of the raw cookie dough? Can’t wait to make these, they sound delicious!!!!

    • Lori Lange replied: — November 22nd, 2012 @ 3:51 AM

      There is no egg in the dough, but I’d keep them in a covered container and refrigerate them anyways.

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    Veronika — November 30, 2012 @ 12:33 PM

    They came out great :)

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    Deanna — December 5, 2012 @ 10:21 AM

    Hi Lori! Love love these cupcakes! Can’t wait to try them! I have a request from a neighbor to make “Cherry” chocolate chip cake pops. Do you think adding a cherry flavoring to this recipe will be ok? I will prepare your cupcake recipe but then add the cherry flavor, crumble the cake finely and then blend your frosting recipe. Hmmmmnnnn…I sure hope it will work! I know that Cherry Chocolate Chip sure sounds good…I just hope the combination of the cherry flavor in the cake with your icing will work. I could just add a chocolate frosting and add mini chocolate chips into the cake pops, but I really want to get a good chocolate chip cookie flavor…which your frosting sounds incredible! Thanks!

    • Lori Lange replied: — December 5th, 2012 @ 12:09 PM

      oh sheesh, I have no idea! It sounds good… but I guess you’ve got to try it! Let me know if it works out!

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    Lauren — December 6, 2012 @ 8:19 PM

    Can you freeze these for use at a later date? I have made these before and they were to die for! I have a party in 2 weeks and was wondering if you had ever tried freezing the cupcake. I know you can freeze other unfrosted cupcakes and they do fine, just didn’t know if these with the cookie dough could be?? Thanks

    • Lori Lange replied: — December 6th, 2012 @ 9:29 PM

      I haven’t done so, so I’m not sure.

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    Satang — December 15, 2012 @ 9:31 PM

    I tried this recipe, everything turned out perfect accept the frsting, it was too sweet

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    Amber — December 17, 2012 @ 3:18 PM

    I loved loved this recipe. I’ve already made it twice. I do have a question. I have a lot of frosing left over, how long will the frosing keep?

    • Lori Lange replied: — December 17th, 2012 @ 7:53 PM

      a week, maybe?

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    Kalli — December 19, 2012 @ 7:23 AM

    How do you keep the centers from dropping?!

    • Lori Lange replied: — December 20th, 2012 @ 5:37 AM

      Make sure they’re frozen- and not too large!

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    Gina — December 31, 2012 @ 6:21 AM

    Just made this frosting for our cupcakes for tonight’s desert. I do not think it tastes anything like cookie dough a little too sweet for me but the kids will love it and I really like the consistency. Tastes more like a sweeter version of buttercream to me.

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    Sarah — January 2, 2013 @ 3:16 PM

    Ok, I’ve never made cupcakes before and ran acrossed these and HAD to try. I LOVE these with a passion. My blood sugars are now skyrocketing, but it’s definatly worth it. My kids didn’t want to try them when I told them what I was going to make. (Weird, I know), so after naps I offered them both one. And then they wanted more… And more…. I was glad I made a double batch! THANK YOU!

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    Aymen — January 5, 2013 @ 3:58 AM

    Hello! I tried these.. But there was a problem, the cookie dough filling somehow melted in the cupcake!!!! The cupcakes were fine though but can u tell me what caused the problem?

    • Lori Lange replied: — January 5th, 2013 @ 6:52 AM

      Was it frozen when you baked it? Mine didn’t melt, so I’m not sure…

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    miriam — January 27, 2013 @ 5:48 PM

    So I just got done making these & the cupcake part was fine, but the cookie dough filling was salty. I’m not sure why this happened…any ideas why?

    • Lori Lange replied: — January 28th, 2013 @ 1:43 PM

      Did you use salted butter? The only salt added is 1/8 tsp., so not sure why it would be salty!

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    Colleen — February 25, 2013 @ 11:10 AM

    They look amazing!!! I’m planning to make them for my son’s birthday party this Saturday. How far in advance would you suggest making them? Friday??? And you mentioned to refrigerate, right? Thanks so much! LOVE your blog! :)

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    Ann52 — March 4, 2013 @ 2:13 AM

    they are amazing and i make them on the weekend
    but my cookie dough filling was on the bottom :(
    do you have any ideas why this happened? i didn’t make large scoops :D

    • Lori Lange replied: — March 5th, 2013 @ 5:21 AM

      I’m not sure!

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    Renee Ward — March 8, 2013 @ 7:52 PM

    Made these for my hubbies bday! He loved them, thx for sharing!

    I have a question, hope you can help…
    My youngest (22 month od Lizzie) has an allergy to milk & egg but LOVES cupcakes! (She’s going to be the cupcake princess at her candyland bday party ths yr). Do you have any recipes that would be easy n her little belly? This s a new allergy so we are still learning how to adjust.

    • Lori Lange replied: — March 9th, 2013 @ 9:24 AM

      I’m not sure- it might be best to look for a site/blog that specializes in no egg/dairy recipes. Google around and I’m sure you’ll find some good ones!

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    Brigid — March 27, 2013 @ 6:14 AM

    I found the cookie dough to be to dry when I cooked it. Is there anything I can do to make it better? I’m making these again today.

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    amie — March 28, 2013 @ 8:42 AM

    Can you convert this recipe to grams or ounces? I’m in England and I don’t know what cup measurements are.. these look fantastic and my friend and I really want to make them asap:)

    • Lori Lange replied: — March 29th, 2013 @ 7:08 AM

      I don’t know how to do that, but there are many tools online that you can use to convert the measurements on your own.

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    CJ — March 30, 2013 @ 8:24 AM

    I made these and they were a huge hit, but the cookie dough in the middle somehow turned into the exact same consistency as the cupcake. It made for an interesting contract in the cake, but it just tasted like more cake. Very strange… I would have thought if it started to cook it would have just turned into a cookie. At least it still worked!

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    Anne — April 7, 2013 @ 11:21 AM

    These look so good!

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    Raisa — April 9, 2013 @ 12:14 AM

    I want to try them in mini size. How long should i bake them for?

    • Lori Lange replied: — April 10th, 2013 @ 7:57 AM

      I’m not sure minis will work well w/ this recipe since you need to plop a large piece of dough in the middle…

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    mary jane — April 16, 2013 @ 12:40 AM

    how much did you spend to make your “Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes” :)

    • Lori Lange replied: — April 16th, 2013 @ 7:41 AM

      no idea!

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    Raisa — April 24, 2013 @ 12:46 AM

    Hi there! I tried them in mini’s and they were great! I made the balls smaller and i baked them for 10minutes and the were perfect. I actually made the normal ones too but my family preferred the smaller ones cause the big ones were to sweet and overwhelming, thanks for the recipe! You are great! :)

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    Crystalini — May 21, 2013 @ 7:56 AM

    This may have been asked already, I’m not sure, but do I need to use a blender, or can I use a mixer?

    • Lori Lange replied: — May 24th, 2013 @ 5:50 AM

      Yeah, I’m sure using a mixer would probably be fine too.

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    Hayden — May 21, 2013 @ 8:59 PM

    These are the best cupcakes I’ve ever made! The cupcakes were dense and the brown sugar icing was amazing.

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    Veronica P. — May 29, 2013 @ 5:03 PM

    These look awesome! Can I use regular chocolate chips? I could go get the mini ones if necessary but I already have regular chips in my pantry. Thanks!

    • Lori Lange replied: — May 31st, 2013 @ 2:06 PM

      probably would be fine!

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    Carmen — June 10, 2013 @ 11:34 AM

    I tried this recipe with a friend; came out great!

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    Jackie — June 13, 2013 @ 10:28 AM

    I made these earlier this week with a box of chocolate cake mix and they were fabulous. I loved the “gritty” texture of the frosting…so like cookie dough! However, my cookie dough ball in the center fell and left a hole. Any idea what could have caused that or how to avoid it? Thanks!

    • Lori Lange replied: — June 18th, 2013 @ 6:06 AM

      Hmmm, I’m not quite sure why that happened!

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    pastorlady1 — June 15, 2013 @ 3:21 PM

    Thanks for sharing an awesome recipe! My teenage daughter loves cookie dough ice cream, so I knew she would love these. I made them for her birthday party &they everyone thought they were delish! The cookie dough buttercream was sooo good!

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    Niam — June 19, 2013 @ 2:21 PM

    These are looking delicious, I was just wondering if dark brown sugar could be substituted for the brown sugar?

    • Lori Lange replied: — June 20th, 2013 @ 8:45 PM


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    Jennifer Bickerdike — June 20, 2013 @ 10:55 AM

    These are fantastic! Thank you so much for the tasty recipe!

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    kelly — June 29, 2013 @ 11:43 PM

    I’ve got everything prepared, but I don’t want to ice them for ease in transport. How should I store the icing overnight?

    • Lori Lange replied: — July 2nd, 2013 @ 8:01 AM

      I suppose you could refrigerate it and then let it come to room temperature the next day…

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    Kelly — June 30, 2013 @ 5:02 PM

    I made these for my FIL’s birthday. They were awesome! A total hit. Thank you for the awesome recipe.

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    patty — July 20, 2013 @ 11:50 AM

    these are by far the most wonderful cupcakes I made these for my granddaughters birthday and she said they were the best cupcakes ever!
    I made 18 small cookie dough balls. used the extra six,cut them in half and baked for the garnish..much better than amos cookies.

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    Renèe — August 9, 2013 @ 2:17 AM

    I’m pretty sure it’s justttt me but…
    I just done a trial of these and the middle did sink but that wasn’t my main concern. I had an issue with the consistency of the dough. The cupcake in itself was baked and the toothpick on that side came out clean. However biting into the cupcake the dough was unbelievably runny and nothing like any of the pictures of the cakes I’ve seen. Should I have baked them for longer, or left them to cool? Thank you :) x

    • Lori Lange replied: — August 9th, 2013 @ 6:13 AM

      Hi Renee- it is hard to know where things went wrong, but that’s definitely not the result that should be happening!

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    Theresa — October 13, 2013 @ 12:14 PM

    The frosting was TO DIE FOR!! One problem… The cookie dough balls were too dry. I used a stoneware muffin pan and baked for 20 minutes. I did leave them to freeze overnight so I think they dried out. Maybe check them after 15 minutes? Or should I lower the temp or not use stoneware? I’m determined to keep trying since I too am ADDICTED to chocolate chip cookie dough! Thanks for the recipe.

    • Lori Lange replied: — October 13th, 2013 @ 7:08 PM

      Stoneware? I just used regular muffin pans, so that could be the culprit.

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    Brian Whitfield — November 6, 2013 @ 3:09 AM

    I made these about a year ago and my wife loved them so much. She tells everyone about them and keeps asking me to make more. I plan on along them for thanksgiving for the whole family. Do you have a receipt for a cookie dough cheesecake?

    • Lori Lange replied: — November 7th, 2013 @ 8:27 AM

      Not yet!

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    jodi — November 24, 2013 @ 8:14 AM

    do you think it would be possible to use this recipe to make mini cupcakes?

    • Lori Lange replied: — November 25th, 2013 @ 9:02 PM

      Might be tough since I’m not sure how you’d get a scoop of dough hidden inside a small cupcake!

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    rachael — December 4, 2013 @ 12:13 AM

    hey just wondering will the consistency or anything for the frosting be affected if i use regular caster sugar instead of the brown sugar? :) thanks!

    • Lori Lange replied: — December 5th, 2013 @ 7:16 AM

      yes, probably!

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    Kathy — December 7, 2013 @ 6:44 AM

    Thank you sooo much for sharing an egg free cookie dough filling. Folks with autoimmune diseases( I have psoriatic arthritis ) cannot have raw eggs. I plan to make these soon !

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    Trin — December 16, 2013 @ 8:55 AM

    If I eliminated the cocoa for a vanilla cupcake would it work.


    • Lori Lange replied: — December 18th, 2013 @ 11:28 AM

      not sure.

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    Leah — January 10, 2014 @ 5:52 PM

    These cupcakes tasted awesome, and I loved the recipe. The frosting was really tasty, and the taste and consistency totally matched that of cookie dough’s. However, I didn’t have a piping bag, and when I went to spread it, it wouldn’t stay on the cupcake. It just all stuck together and peeled off when I tried to smooth it out. Do you think I did something wrong?? Please help. :(

    • Lori Lange replied: — January 11th, 2014 @ 11:19 AM

      I’m not sure!

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    naz — January 24, 2014 @ 12:04 PM

    what sort of brown sugar did u use? light or dark?

    • Lori Lange replied: — January 24th, 2014 @ 12:37 PM

      It does not matter- either is fine.

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    chocolate lover — February 8, 2014 @ 4:20 PM

    These looks amazing I can’t have but someone else in my family made them!!!

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    Britt — February 17, 2014 @ 10:28 AM

    Made these for my boyfriend for valentines day. i ended up making a vanilla base but they were AMAZING!!!! the filling and frosting we so good, I could have just eaten those alone. I pushed the dough to the bottom and it came out perfectly. Will definitely be making these again!!!

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    Mom's Lunch Wagon — March 2, 2014 @ 3:21 PM

    Have made these for several years and sell them, one of my top sellers.

    • Lori Lange replied: — March 3rd, 2014 @ 6:15 AM


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    Angie — March 2, 2014 @ 6:44 PM

    Can I use store bought cookie dough instead? And if so should I still freeze it? Thank you!!

    • Lori Lange replied: — March 3rd, 2014 @ 6:14 AM

      I have not tried this with store-bought cookie dough.

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    rosie — March 9, 2014 @ 8:56 AM

    Tried it out, was fairly disappointed. The cookie dough was very floury and didn’t cook well. The cupcake recipe made very chewy cupcakes. Wouldn’t make again but the cookie concept is nice

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    Makayla — March 19, 2014 @ 7:33 PM

    I am terrible at making chocolate cake, so I used a box mix for that part. But these were honestly the best cupcakes I’ve ever made. However, if I make them again I will adjust how big of the cookie dough balls I make. 2 tbsp was too big and the cookie dough seeped out of the cake while they were baking and made a huge mess. Fantastic recipe. Thank you so much for sharing!!

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    Colleen — March 25, 2014 @ 1:03 PM

    I had the exact same disappointing results as Rosie above. VERY dry cookie dough batter – must be the very small amount of butter. I was really hoping these would work. I will look elsewhere.

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    Althea — March 25, 2014 @ 1:04 PM

    Looks yummy. Can’t wait to try.

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    Carmi — April 6, 2014 @ 9:35 AM

    Can i use a different chocolate cupcake recipe together with the cookie dough filling & frosting? Would that work?

    • Lori Lange replied: — April 9th, 2014 @ 12:18 PM


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    kennedy — April 8, 2014 @ 5:15 PM

    They look great in the picture but I made the mistake of making them for the first time for a frie ds birthday and they did NOT come out the way I thought they would of. A tumbs down for me.