Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

You guys all know that we love cookie dough in the Beantown Baker household. It wasn’t until recently that I was able to hear Hubby pronounce that a cookie I had made was better baked than raw. We’ve all seen the cookie dough cupcakes on the internet and I have been wanting to make them for quite some time…

I was waiting for a proper occasion to make these cupcakes because I knew they’d be special. More special than cupcakes you take to work with you. So when our friend M asked me to bake for his fiancee’s birthday party, I decided that was just the occasion I had been waiting for!

When I first tasted one of these cupcakes, I thought they were too sweet. Can you believe it? Me? Thinking something was too sweet? I realized later that day it was probably because I tasted it at 8am and really, who needs dessert at 8am? When I split one with Hubby later that night at the birthday party, I realized they weren’t too sweet at all. In fact, they were as special as I had envisioned.

These cupcakes have quite a few components. Enough that it could be overwhelming to tackle them all in one day. In fact, you can’t tackle it all in one day since the cookie dough has to freeze overnight.

Here’s what I did. I made the mini cookies a couple days in advance. The garnish could be left off, but they add to the overall look of the cupcake, so I definitely recommend including it. I chose a recipe that would still be substantial even in it’s tiny form. I stored the mini cookies in a tupperware container until I was ready to garnish my cupcakes.

I also made the cookie dough a couple days in advance. It needs to freeze overnight and would be fine in the freezer a couple days or even longer if you put them in a ziplock bag. Then the day of the party, I baked the cupcakes, made the frosting while they cooled, and then assembled them. It worked out perfectly. I have no idea how long these cupcakes would last because they all disappeared very very quickly.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

Yield: 24

Ingredients:

For the Mini Ultimate Chewy and Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies
1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temp
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
3/4 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups plus 1 Tbsp flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
8 oz mini chocolate chips

For the Egg-less Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
2 sticks softened butter
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
4 Tbsp milk
1 Tbsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup mini chocolate chips

For the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes
1 batch egg-less cookie dough, scooped and frozen
3 sticks softened butter
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar, packed
4 eggs
2 2/3 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup milk
2 tsp vanilla

For the Brown Sugar Frosting
3 sticks softened butter
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla

Directions:

To assemble the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes
Make mini chocolate chip cookies (can be done a couple days in advance).

Make cookie dough balls and place in the freezer (can be done a couple days in advance).

Make the cupcakes and frosting. Once cupcakes are completely cooled, frost with brown sugar buttercream. Sprinkle mini chocolate chips on top of frosting. Garnish with mini chocolate chip cookie.

For the Mini Ultimate Chewy and Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies
Preheat oven to 350 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper, or lightly butter them, and set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the egg. Beat in the vanilla.

Sift the flour, baking soda and salt together in a small bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the butter-sugar mixture, and mix until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.

Using a cookie scoop, scoop out a portion of dough. Make that portion into two balls of dough and place on pan. Continue until the pan is full. Bake for 6-7 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool cookies on sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.

Note: Once you have 24 mini cookies, feel free to make normal sized cookies. Using a cookie scoop, they should bake 10-12 minutes.

For the Egg-less Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Combine the butter and sugars in a mixing bowl and cream on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 mins.

Beat in milk and vanilla until incorporated and smooth.

Beat in the flour and salt until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Using a cookie scoop, shape the dough into balls. Freeze on a parchment lined baking sheet overnight.

For the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes
Preheat oven to 350. Prepare two muffin pans.

Beat butter on high until soft, about 30 seconds. Add sugar. Beat on medium-high until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.

Add eggs one at a time, beat for 30 seconds after each.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.

Measure out milk and vanilla together.

Add about a fourth of the flour to the butter/sugar mixture and beat to combine. Add about one third the milk/vanilla mixture and beat until combined. Repeat, alternating flour and milk and ending with the flour mixture.

Scoop into cupcake papers about half to three-quarters full. Drop one frozen scoop of cookie dough into each cupcake. Do not press the dough down at all.

Bake for 20-22 minutes until edges start to turn golden.

For the Brown Sugar Frosting
Combine the butter and brown sugar in a mixing bowl and cream on medium-high speed until light and fluffy.

Beat in the powdered sugar until smooth.

Beat in the salt, milk, and vanilla extract until smooth and combined.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes Recipe as seen on kevin and amanda
Mini Ultimate Chewy and Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe from Regan Daley's In The Sweet Kitchen
Egg-less Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Recipe from Picky Palate
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes Recipe from The Cupcake Blog
Brown Sugar Frosting Recipe adapted from How to Eat a Cupcake

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14 Responses to “Harry Potter Cupcakes”

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    clstar — August 4, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    OMG, I am in love with these cupcakes! They’re so awesome! I love HP, and I made owl cupcakes when the movie came out. I might need to give these a try before going to see the IMAX 3D movie.

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    thegreatpantryraid — August 4, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    How cute are those?! And i was wondering how you got the lettering so perfect – thanks for the step-by-step. Lol – I just dragged DH to the Harry Potter exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry – I’m sure he’ll be happy when the final movie comes out and he doesn’t have to hear about it anymore!

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    thecookingnurse — August 4, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Great job, how lucky are your friends?

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    Jen — August 4, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    I’m so jealous! My two sisters are going to the exhibit this weekend. I thought about flying to Chicago to join them. Luckily I found out the exhibit is coming here in October. Whew!

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    Erin — August 4, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    These look fabulous! You did such a great job on them!

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    Katie — August 4, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    WOW JEN!! Those are fantastic!! Better than professional! Seriously, what talent you have to make those! 🙂

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    Jen — August 4, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Aw thanks Katie – you’re making me blush.

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    Ingrid — August 4, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    I hate when cupcakes do that to me too. Instead of baking up they bake out! 🙁

    Love your Harry Potter cupcake toppers! Very cute and creative!
    ~ingrid

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    Manda — August 4, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    Hi Jen! A friend of mine forwarded me your page for HP Cupcakes and I just wanted to drop in and say that I think they’re awesome and I want to run home now and try to create some fun hp themed cakes! I had done some in the past–cauldron cakes if you will, by buying mini cauldrons and cutting the bottom off so the tops sat just on the cakes and then used a bit of green frosting on the inside. You should join up with the HP-MA crew! We’ve been organizing some meet-ups for Boston Fans!

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    Jen — August 4, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    Sounds awesome Manda.

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    nutmegnanny — August 5, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Oh my goodness, what adorable little cupcakes!

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    annieseats — August 6, 2009 at 1:25 am

    So so cute! And yeah, those “HPs” must have taken FOREVER. I have a fabulous vanilla cupcake recipe that never fails me here: http://annies-eats.com/2008/07/18/vanilla-cupcakes/. Also, I recently made Dorie’s perfect party cake into cupcakes and had great results with that as well.

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    bcallegra — August 7, 2009 at 12:47 am

    I love your HP cupcakes! I too am a huge Harry Potter fan but I have to admit, I don’t think I’d be patient enough to make cupcakes and toppings as cute as yours!

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    Karin — April 8, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    These are so awesome!! I wish I would have seen them and did some of these with the HP cake I did!!

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