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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21 Responses to “Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes”

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    DeliciousDish — March 30, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    I NEED to make these. I might just start on them tonight!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — March 30, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    These look amazing! I would go into a sugar coma because I would probably want to eat at least three of these gems…haha.

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    Melissa — March 30, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Oh wow these are my dream dessert! I hope you bring these ones to Cupcake Camp!!

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    Erin — March 30, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    I too have been meaning to make these cupcakes since I first saw them on the internet. I love that you combined several recipes from different bloggers. Awesome recipes, unite!

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    beantownbaker — March 30, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Like I said, it’s a multi-step process, so starting part of it tonight might be a good idea. If you make them, I definitely want one. These were so good.

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    beantownbaker — March 30, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Oh that’s a thought… I still haven’t decided what I’m baking for Cupcake Camp…

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    beantownbaker — March 30, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Definitely give it a shot. They take some time, but it’s SO worth it.

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    Shannon — March 30, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    I’ve been wanting to make these for quite a while as well. My mother-in-law LOVES cookie dough and her birthday is coming up. From all the versions I’ve seen floating around on the internet, I really like yours since you have the LOTS of cookie dough in the middle of your cupcakes. So, you baked the cupcakes with the frozen cookie dough inside? No problems with it baking up? I’m definitely trying this!

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    beantownbaker — March 30, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Yep, just dropped the dough into the cupcake batter before baking it. The cupcakes did rise up quite a bit and then sank back down as they cooled. I was a little concerned I had underbaked them, but they were delicious. Definitely let me know how they turn out for you if you make them.

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    Jessica — March 30, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    oh my Lord these look amazing! I’m having a girls night next weekend and I’m def going to try these! Thanks!

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    FunandFearlessinBeantown — March 30, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Once again Jen, you impress me with your creativity!

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    Sarah C — March 30, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    I want, no NEED, to make these. Does it matter what size your cookie scoop is? Mine is a medium size with about 1.5 tbsp volume. Want to make sure it won’t be too much that it prevents the cupcake from baking up (because honestly, it’s not possible for it to be too much cookie dough).

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    beantownbaker — March 30, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    I’m honestly not sure what size my cookie scoop is. It doesn’t have any markings on it to give an indication! I think it’s the standard cookie scoop you’d get at the grocery store if that helps at all… I think 1.5 Tbsp sounds about right though.

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    Carrie — March 30, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    I’m already trying to decide what occasion to make them for.

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    Cara — March 31, 2011 at 2:07 am

    I’m still waiting to try these. Just sayin’. ;)

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    ErinsFoodFiles — March 31, 2011 at 3:14 am

    WOW! Talk about decadent!

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    beantownbaker — March 31, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Well I *might* be making these for Cupcake Camp. So, if you make the trip into Boston for that, you might be able to have one! Too bad they’re not appropriate for Passover.

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    Rebel Mel — March 31, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Who needs dessert at 8am???

    I’ll give you one hint.

    Me.

    ;)

    Bookmarking this! I’ve been meaning to make these cupcakes for a while now!

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    DyingforChocolate.com — April 2, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Will be making these soon. What a great twist.. the cookie is actually a cookie in the baking process. Yum!

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    Jene — April 5, 2011 at 11:47 am

    OH. EM. GEE. I’m SO making these for euchre night on Saturday, just to have an excuse.

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    Lovemytheekidz — March 26, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    I found this recipeast summer and have made it several times for my oldest child, who has requested it again-for her sweet sixteen birthday. Thanks for the awesome recipe.

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