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 

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:

5 from 5 votes

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

A chocolate cupcake with a chunk of chocolate chip cookie dough inside. Topped with cookie dough frosting!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate chip cookie dough cupcakes, cookie dough cupcakes
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Freeze Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 12 cupcakes
Calories 555 kcal



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



  1. (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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

  • *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.
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving (1 cupcake)
Calories 555 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 60mg20%
Sodium 260mg11%
Potassium 113mg3%
Carbohydrates 74g25%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 52g58%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 520IU10%
Calcium 37mg4%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  • Jeanette wrote:

    What is your reason for mixing cake batter in the blender. I have a awesome blender & this method sucked. Should have used a mixer. Thanks for the huge mess & extra dishes.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      It’s just an easy way to blend the cupcake batter, or it should be! Not sure what happened on your end, sorry 🙁

  • Natasha wrote:

    These are GAME OVER for me — I totally love all things chocolate and cookie dough!

  • Valentina Ablaev wrote:

    Delicious cupcake recipe! Love the cookie dough flavors!

  • Katerina @ diethood .com wrote:

    mmmm….these look dangerously GOOOD!! YUM!!

  • Toni wrote:

    These are really perfect treats! Tastes SO good!

  • Kristyn wrote:

    Give me all the cupcakes! These sound so scrumptious! Love cookie dough in just about anything!

  • Barb wrote:

    Can you use a box cake mix?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      You can try!

  • Lynn wrote:

    These cupcakes were incredible. I have to admit, I was skeptical when I saw the recipe, and I honestly don’t like cookie-dough anything (other than baked cookie dough!). But my daughter really wanted to try these, and I’m so glad she did.

    The chocolate cake itself was soooo delicious. We’ve made hundreds of cupcakes and cakes before, using all kinds of recipes from different sites and cookbooks and old family secrets, but this one ranks in the top five, for sure. The only thing we changed was that we baked the flour for a bit for the frosting. Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Karen wrote:

    I made these tonight, love the cupcake and cookie dough, however my icing is super sugary, you Can hear the crunching of the brown sugar. Followed directions, do you need to melt better before mixing like the cookie dough?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I suppose you could try melting the butter and combining it with the sugars to help dissolve them. I’d want to stick the melted, sugary butter back in the fridge until solidified again though because it will be too runny to make the frosting.

  • Dawn Ersland wrote:

    Can you tell me why my cupcakes sink in the middle? Not all of them but some! I didn’t use your cupcake recipe but used the cookie dough recipe. I used my Mom’s favorite chocolate cake recipe, which is similar to yours, but with the addition of coffee. Thoughts?? Great recipe! I got rave reviews!

  • Rebekah wrote:

    Made these and took then to work. They were a huge hit!

  • Katie A. wrote:

    Made these with my 4 year old daughter today. They were amazing! Everyone loved them and they looked so pretty! My daughter and I were so proud of how they turned out. Definitely will make these again. Easy and delicious!

  • Jacqueline wrote:

    Made these for friends for a movie night and they were gone in minutes! The chocolate cake was so light and fluffy, the cookie dough was delicious,paired all together was heaven.