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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

Yes, you heard me. Cookie dough cupcakes.

Could there be anything more perfect?

It was my birthday yesterday, and in my mind, the world’s best birthday that consisted of these decadent cupcakes and a heart-racing new episode of Lost. Oh I love Wednesdays. Especially when it’s my birthday. (Also take note of the lovely new cake stand – thanks Grandma! It’s a perfect size for cupcakes!)

But back to the cupcakes – the best part might just be the frosting. I mean, you could eat this stuff with a spoon. It’s a standard American buttercream mixed with real chocolate chip cookie dough (eggless, of course). The result is a brown-sugary, vanilla scented, chocolate dotted, whipped to perfection dollop on top of an already delicious golden cupcake. And the cupcake itself, well, it has a few surprises of it’s own. See, I submerged a frozen ball of cookie dough in the batter before putting it in the oven. Frozen so it wouldn’t fully bake (or else they’d be just chocolate chip cookie cupcakes, not quite the same).

Lucky for me I have a go-to recipe for an eggless cookie dough. You know those times when you think you are craving chocolate chip cookies, but after a spoonful or two of dough realize maybe it was just that you were craving, and don’t really feel like baking the rest of it? Yea. That’s when this recipe comes in handy. It’s not meant to be baked (in fact, I make no claims whatsoever that it won’t turn into a bubbling pile of melted goo in the oven – I’ve never baked it and can make no guarantees should you try). Perfect for eating by the spoonful. Or even better, rolling and coating in chocolate. Mmmmm.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

The only thing was the cupcakes with the dough in them sunk ever so slightly (I know, as I had one extra cupcake without a dough ball, and it puffed and browned much more than the others). This recipe would also be delicious with a chocolate cupcake batter. Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough? Seriously?

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

Makes 14-15 cupcakes.

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Cookie Dough:
1 1/8 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
3/8 cup granulated sugar
3/8 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons soy milk or milk
3/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup soy milk
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/3 cup canola oil
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup butter or margarine, room temperature
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons soy milk
3/4 cup eggless cookie dough, room temperature


Make the cookie dough:
Beat the butter, sugars, and vanilla with electric mixer until creamy. Add the soy milk and beat well. Add in the salt, baking soda, and flour and slowly mix until combined. Stir in chocolate chips.

Form teaspoon-sized balls (approx. 1″ across). Roll and place on a foil-covered baking sheet. Make approximately 14 dough balls, reserving at least 3/4 cup of the dough for frosting (extras? eat it!). Freeze dough balls for at least 2 hours until solid.

Make the cupcakes:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin pan with cupcake liners.

Whisk together soy milk, coconut milk, sugars, oil, and vanilla. Sift in the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, and mix until no large lumps remain.

Fill cupcake liners one-half of the way full (approximately 3 tablespoons of batter each). Do not overfill. Drop one frozen cookie dough ball into the center of each cup. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes or until tops are puffed and golden. Transfer to a cooling rack, and let cool completely before frosting.

Make the Frosting:
Cream butter with electric mixer until fluffy. Slowly add powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, until well-incorporated. Add soymilk and mix until smooth, 1-2 minutes. Add cookie dough, approximately 3/4 cup of it, and mix until combined. Taste, and add more cookie dough if you like. Spread or pipe onto cooled cupcakes, and sprinkle with more mini chocolate chips.

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  1. That was TOO MUCH SODA and it came out B I T T E R

  2. Cupcakes never knew what hit them! They’ll never be the same. This will be our new family favorite.
    My son is already requesting these for his birthday.

  3. These are absolutely amazing!! Perfectly moist cupcake and to die for frosting. What else does a girl need?? The only change I made was to whip the frosting for a good few (maybe several) minutes the second time I made it…and that made it even silkier! Absolutely fantastic. Thank you!

  4. Hi Lindsay

    Can the cookie dough be frozen several days in advanced before using.

  5. okay so the first time I made these they were AMAZING! I just made them again and this time the cookie dough did not freeze (left it in freezer for 2 full days) and got baked into the cupcake (no big deal) but on top of that my icing is SUPER gritty! I have NO idea why or how to fix it #frustrated! Any thoughts? (the only thing different was the brand of butter I used)

  6. SO CUTE! This cookie dough recipe isn’t the best tasting but inside the cupcake its really good! I didn’t love it in the frosting but it was a cupcake and therefore still very enjoyable!

  7. Hey! Cool Recipe! I was just wondering if by 350 degrees, you mean Celsius? or Fahrenheit? And, if I use regular milk instead of soy milk, would that be ok? Please rep back soon! Can’t wait to try this recipe. :)

  8. I have made these cupcakes three times now. AMAZING. Friends and guests swoon over these. I make a lot of different cupcakes, and these by far are everyone’s favorite! Thank you for such a fabulous recipe:)

  9. WOW. I just took these out of the oven, and I’ve got to say this is one of the best cupcake recipes I’ve ever come across! Absolute heaven in a cup! Even without the cookie dough, the cake is moist, fluffy, and perfect… thanks, and keep the recipes coming!

  10. I made these last night: SINFUL. These cupcakes are AMAZING!!! And the recipe is super easy to follow. User-friendly, and DELICIOUS!!!

  11.!!!! These look insanely good!

  12. oh these look so cute and yummy

  13. I made these and brought them to work and everyone loved them – thanks!

  14. Any idea how to make this into a cake? I was thinking of keeping the dough balls the same size but forming them into fat discs so they don’t sink to the bottom of the cake. Any thoughts?

  15. I just came across this blog, how great! This recipe looks wonderful thanks for sharing. I’m allergic to eggs, and am always on the lookout for egg free baking recipes. I’m going to try adapting this recipe to fit my other restrictions (make it gluten free, sugar free, and corn free) and I’ll let you know how it goes! Magic can happen with the right mix of gluten free flours and starches and some agave nectar and stevia. : )

    Have you tried using melted down coconut oil in place of the canola oil?

  16. Holy. Moly.

    Enough said. :)

  17. Lindsay, Happy Belated Birthday!! I will share with you my cupcakes birthday pictures, which falls on 1 March.

  18. Made these this morning. They turned out very well and are super rich! I almost would serve them without icing on top. Thanks for the recipe, will make again!!

  19. Happy birthday! These look great.
    I’m curious, though: what’s the point of the baking soda in the cookie dough if you don’t intend in baking it?

  20. I love discovering brilliance like this. Can’t wait to try it. Thanks for making me fat :)

  21. Happy Birthday!
    Those look like an awesome way to celebrate! I love that you froze the cookie dough first so that it would stay doughy. Great idea!

  22. this looks amazing! the combination of cake & cookie dough is almost too exciting to wrap my mind around right now. mmm.

    i noticed you’re a fan of Lost.. you should check out my Lost inspired cupcakes!

  23. Oh my. Ohhh my. I…ohh. No words.

  24. Wow. This is one amazing cupcake. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  25. Happy belated birthday! I hope you enjoyed your day and celebrated thoroughly. I can always count on you to bring us some wonderful and unique baked goods. I can’t wait to start trying your eggless recipes.

  26. what a cupcake!!! two of my faves baked into one :)

  27. What a brilliant idea! I am bookmarking this for sure because this cupcake includes everything delicious in my book. And the cake stand is lovely!

  28. Katie –

    The cupcakes didn’t make it long enough to get one of those shots. :) hehe.

  29. you just made my day!!!

  30. Cookie dough cupcakes are on my list to try at some point. Yours look fantastic!

  31. Yum!! Cookie Dough cupcakes are my fave!

  32. Those look delicious and so creative! I was hoping to see a picture of the middle with the cookie dough. I’ll have to try these sometime.

  33. um, last night’s episode of Lost?! oh, sawyer…

    these cupcakes sound fantastic. i’ll be baking them soon. thanks :)

  34. Who would have thought there could be so many variations on a theme, or on a cupcake. You may just have to organize the Ultimate Cupcake Bake Off Contest! Betty Crocker watch out! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  35. This may just be the best cupcake recipe I’ve come across yet. Cookie dough and cupcakes and frosting, you’re the best! And it’s dairy-free! Thanks so much!!!

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