Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

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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 

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.

Chocolate Cupcakes
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.

Chocolate Chip Cookie dough

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.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes ready for the oven

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.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes out of the oven

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

Frosting Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

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.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

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

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes garnished with a chocolate chip cookie
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.

Here are a few more cookie dough dessert recipes you might like to try:

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

A chocolate cupcake with a chunk of chocolate chip cookie dough inside. Topped with cookie dough frosting!
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Freeze Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 12 cupcakes
Calories 555kcal
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate chip cookie dough cupcakes, cookie dough cupcakes



  • 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
  • teaspoons vanilla extract


  • 3/4 cup (1½ sticks) salted butter
  • cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • additional miniature chocolate chips
  • 12 mini Chips Ahoy (or another brand) cookies



  • (see *NOTES 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.


  • 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.
    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.


  • 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.


  • 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.



  • *If you are concerned about consuming raw flour: To eliminate any dangers of using raw flour, toast your flour in the oven for 10 minutes at 350 degrees F.  Then it will be safe to use in the uncooked cookie dough frosting.
  • *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.


Serving: 1cupcake | Calories: 555kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 260mg | Potassium: 113mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 52g | Vitamin A: 520IU | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1.9mg
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  • Ems wrote:

    Absolutely adore these cupcakes!!!! Is there anyway to make them vanilla instead of chocolate I want to make both kinds but hesitant to use a completely different recipe as I want a similar texture?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I’m sure you can use a vanilla cupcake recipe and fill them with the cookie dough. Should work just fine!

  • johanna wrote:

    Can you freeze the cupcakes unfrosted?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Hmmm, I haven’t tried freezing these cupcakes- so I’m not sure!

  • Joanna wrote:

    This recipe is AMAZING! I’ve made these cupcakes so many times and people can’t get enough. If you make them be ready to keep hearing about it for a while (;

  • sarah wrote:

    Is the frosting supposed to be soft and gritty?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      It will be a bit gritty because the sugar doesn’t melt.

  • Angel Blake wrote:

    Can you use mixer instead of blender?

    • Lori Lange wrote:


  • Pam Hull wrote:

    I can’t wrap my brain around flour in the frosting! Please reassure me this isn’t a typo. Thank you!!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      It’s correct!

  • Hannah wrote:

    They are delicious. Definitely going to make again.

  • Niki wrote:

    These cupcakes were a huge hit! Would definitely make again!

  • Carmen wrote:

    Has anyone used a gluten free flour/gluten free cookie dough with this? And/or what was your adjusted bake time?