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The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Lover Cupcakes

By Ole & Shaina Olmanson |

Cupcake lovers and cookie dough bowl lickers come together to make a cupcake that is sure to knock their socks off. In fact, I watched as one of my neighbors bit into said cupcake and did no less than a triple take as they hit the gooey cookie that waited inside for him.

The premise is simple: A perfectly baked devil’s food cupcake topped by cookie-dough-flavored frosting hides a full chocolate chip cookie inside, baked just enough to set it up, but still soft and perfectly dough-like.

If that isn’t enough for you, this recipe can easily be “cheated” so that even the non-bakers can enjoy it with ease. The bakers, however, can get all fancy with from-scratch recipes. A little something for everyone.

Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Lover Cupcakes

1 recipe’s worth batter for devil’s food cupcakes

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
1 recipe’s worth of dough from your favorite chocolate chip cookies, chilled

Cookie Dough Frosting
adapted from TidyMom
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 1/4 cups powdered sugar
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons milk
1 3/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Beat together butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Mix in powdered sugar. Sift in flour and salt and mix until combined. Add in milk and vanilla until frosting is smooth.

To make the cupcakes:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Fill paper-lined cupcake tins 1/2 full of cake batter. Add a 1″ scoop of chilled cookie dough. Press down slightly. Bake for 18-20 minutes until tops are set. Remove from oven and cool. Frost with cookie dough frosting. Sprinkle with mini chocolate chips and serve to unsuspecting guests.

CHEATER METHOD: Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Lover Cupcakes

1 box devil’s food cake mix, batter prepared according to package directions

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
1 package break-apart chocolate chip cookie dough (24-cookie variety, not 12)

Cookie Dough Frosting
1 container whipped cream cheese frosting
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Line 24 cupcakes with paper liners. Fill 1/2 full with cake batter. Place 1 cookie dough ball in the center of each cupcake and press down lightly. Cake batter will cover the dough as it bakes. Bake according to cake box directions for cupcakes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

For the frosting: heat brown sugar and vanilla in a small saucepan over medium heat just until sugar is melted. Allow to cool slightly and beat into whipped cream cheese frosting. Frost cooled cupcakes and sprinkle with chocolate chips.

Need frosting tips? Check here. Different cookie recipe? Try these monster cookies.

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About Ole & Shaina Olmanson


Ole & Shaina Olmanson

Shaina Olmanson is the food writer and home cook behind Food for My Family. Shaina can usually be found in one of three places: cooking, at the computer or behind the camera. These three things occur in the kitchen simultaneously with her four children hanging from her apron strings as she teaches them to cook and the importance of eating locally, seasonally, organically and together. She is a former Babble Food blogger.

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11 thoughts on “The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Lover Cupcakes

  1. Heather says:

    Oh, yum! Original recipe AND cheater version? Bookmarked.

  2. Aimee @ Simple Bites says:

    Oh my freaking goodness. Oh my. Shaina, my husband is going to freak.

  3. Amanda says:

    It doesnt get any better then this. Perfection!!

  4. TidyMom says:

    LOVE both versions!!!! YUM!

  5. Tracy says:

    I love that there are two versions of this lovely recipe!

  6. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen says:

    I love that there’s a full chocolate chip cookie inside! These look crazy good!

  7. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles says:

    Love your cheater method!! Sometimes it’s nice to have one of those kinds of recipes on hand. These look so yum!

  8. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction says:

    These look fabulous! I need cupcakes to take to a party tomorrow night, so I will have to give these a try!

  9. Krista @ While He Was Napping says:

    This looks amazing. Definitely going to have to try this out! I’d for you to come share it at this weekend’s party! Hope to see you there!

  10. Charlie Bakes says:

    Nothing better than cupcakes and cookie dough, especially when put together!
    Charlie, 12 year old food blogger

  11. Crystal says:

    Thank you for this recipe! Do you know if they keep well in a container at room temp or in the fridge?

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