Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

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I don’t know how long it’s been since I’ve actually baked a cupcake.  Weeks… probably more like months.  I’ve baked cookies, scones and crescent rolls, but no cupcakes!  Crazy, huh?  Cause this is supposed to be a cupcake blog, right?

Hmmm… So yeah.  I made cupcakes today.  And, I didn’t start back into baking cupcakes slowly.  No, I didn’t ease into things.  I went BIG!

Chocolate cupcake + Cookie Dough = HOLY GOODNESS!!!

Baked inside this cupcake is a chocolate chip cookie dough ball.  Yah, you read me right.  Cookie Dough.  The best thing that God ever created inside this cupcake.

And to make things even better…. the frosting.  Cookie Dough.   Both my hubby and my neighbor told me I needed to just make this frosting.  A big giant bowl of it so they could take a spoon and scoop it out and shove it in their mouth.  It’s that good.

Personally, I found the bottom of the cupcake to be the best.   But hey, everyone has their preferences.

5 from 1 reviews

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes
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Serves: 12 cupcakes

Cookie Dough Filling:
  • ¾ cup flour
  • ⅛ tsp baking soda
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips
Chocolate Cupcakes:
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp espresso powder (optional)
  • ¾ cup hot water
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
Cookie Dough Frosting:
  • 12 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1¾ cups powdered sugar
  • ⅓ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1½ Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Decorate:
  • additional mini chocolate chips
  • 12 mini chocolate chip cookies (I used Chips Ahoy)

Cookie Dough Filling:
  1. In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and salt.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the butter, sugars, milk and vanilla until smooth.
  3. Whisk in the dry ingredients and the chocolate chips until smooth.
  4. Refrigerate for 15 to 30 minutes or until firm.
  5. Scoop out dough into 12 balls. Freeze for at least 30 minutes.
Chocolate Cupcakes:
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F degrees. Line a cupcake pan with 12 liners.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, sugar, baking soda and salt.
  3. Add the water, oil, egg and vanilla and whisk until smooth. Use a spatula to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl to ensure all ingredients are combined.
  4. Fill each cupcake liner ½-2/3 full. NOTE: You may have extra batter… no worries, make extra cupcakes!
  5. Gently press a cookie dough ball into the center of each cupcake, only submerging the ball ½ way.
  6. Bake the cupcakes for 19-21 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 dry. Chunks/pieces of cake are okay, just not moist batter.
  7. Cool the cupcakes completely before frosting.
Cookie Dough Frosting:
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugars until smooth and creamy.
  2. Add the flour, milk and vanilla and beat on high until well combined.
To Assemble:
  1. Pipe swirls of frosting onto each cupcake.
  2. Sprinkle mini chocolate chips on top and garnish with a mini chocolate chip cookie.

Source: cupcakes & frosting slightly adapted from RecipeGirl


63 Comments on Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

  1. emmalee taylor
    April 23, 2012 at 9:41 pm (3 years ago)

    Ohhh Mmmmmm Geeeeee!!! i have been wanting to make some cupcakes for awhile this just might have to be made in the Taylor house this week hmmmm do i have any functions going on that would need such a fulfilling dessert???

  2. Julie
    April 23, 2012 at 10:22 pm (3 years ago)

    Those look so good. I have to make them!

  3. Maria
    April 27, 2012 at 12:02 am (3 years ago)

    How does you paper tins come out so perfect?! Mine always look lightly burnt!Anyway I’ve been looking for other cupcake recipes, you know besides the classics, like java chip and coconut fudge, do you think you can make any?

    • JavaCupcake
      April 27, 2012 at 10:09 am (3 years ago)

      It’s the liners I use from Sutton Gourmet Paper! :)

  4. Holly
    April 30, 2012 at 7:58 pm (3 years ago)

    I made these for my grandfather’s birthday and they were a HUGE hit but i thought that they were a little dry. I noticed that this happens whenever I make homemade cake. It doesn’t seem to make sense! Box cake=moist and fluffy but homemade=dry and dense? Do you know why this is or what I can do to fix it? Thanks a million!

    • JavaCupcake
      April 30, 2012 at 8:52 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi Holly!
      Usually cakes are dry for 2 main reasons, over baking and not enough moisture in the batter. My suggestion would be to get a stand alone oven thermometer that you can hang from the center/back of your oven to check it’s temperature. This way you can see if the temperature is accurate or not… if you still have problems with the cakes drying out, lower the temperature and bake a few minutes longer. Also, you can try adding a 1/4 cup of sour cream or milk extra to the batter or even hot water… that often helps with the moisture. :)
      Let me know if you make it again how it turns out! <3

      • Holly
        May 1, 2012 at 2:34 am (3 years ago)

        Thanks! I’ll try that out and let you know how it turns out!

        • ella stephenson
          June 27, 2012 at 11:55 pm (3 years ago)

          when i do boxed if i do vanilla i add a vanilla pudding cup in the batter if its chicolate i do chocolate makes it moist i am gonna try it with homade and see

  5. Malene
    May 8, 2012 at 10:49 am (3 years ago)

    Hello :)
    Is the oven set to “hot air” or just regular oven? :)

    • JavaCupcake
      May 8, 2012 at 10:53 am (3 years ago)

      I only have the option for “regular oven”…. mine doesn’t blow hot air. :)

  6. Kym
    May 9, 2012 at 1:10 am (3 years ago)

    The cupcake was yummy but I found the frosting to be WAYYYY overpowering! You could barely taste the sheer goodness of the cupcake past it. I think next time I’m just gonna make a simple cream cheese frosting with a chocolate ganache drizzle over the talk :D

  7. Becky
    May 11, 2012 at 5:17 pm (3 years ago)

    I want them now. Look so tasty. Yummmmmmmmmm

  8. Kat
    June 14, 2012 at 9:04 pm (3 years ago)

    I can not wait to try these, I’m on my way to get more coco powder now!

    • JavaCupcake
      June 16, 2012 at 11:40 am (3 years ago)

      Awesome! Take pictures and let me know how they turned out!

  9. Jill
    June 15, 2012 at 5:29 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m thinking of making these for my sweet hubby for Father’s Day. My question, do you remember/know what size tip you used to pipe the frosting on? Thank you..they look super yummy!

    • JavaCupcake
      June 16, 2012 at 11:40 am (3 years ago)

      I believe I used the Wilton 1M tip. :)

  10. Laura
    August 2, 2012 at 2:42 pm (3 years ago)

    I made this for my fiances work and they were a huge hit! I didn’t get to try one before he brought them in (I hate doing that, I like to know what I’m serving), but there were all around great reviews. I was wondering about the texture of the frosting (which tastes fantastic by the way) – for me, it was very grainy. I know it’s supposed to be to mimic cookie dough, but I’m wondering if I melted the butter and sugar together first to get rid of the giddiness of the brown sugar, would this work? Or would the melted butter ruin the frosting? Again, WONDERFUL cupcakes!

    • JavaCupcake
      August 3, 2012 at 8:51 am (3 years ago)

      Hi Laura,

      I wouldn’t suggesting melting the butter… you won’t get a fluffy buttercream…. you’ll get soup. haha Try adding a bit more cream to the frosting, less brown sugar, and creaming it longer. To be honest, the more you beat it on high… the smoother it will be. :)

      Let me know if you make it again!


      • Laura
        August 7, 2012 at 2:11 pm (3 years ago)

        Thanks Betsy! I WILL be making these again. My fiance told me that these had to be at our wedding – his favorite cupcakes to date. That says a lot. Thanks for the recipe. I’ll let you know how these go when I beat the frosting longer. I must have been too impatient as I shoved the frosting in my face – I mean decorated the cupcakes : )

        • JavaCupcake
          August 7, 2012 at 2:14 pm (3 years ago)

          Hahahahah….. that’s the only way to eat… I mean make cupcakes. :)

      • Amber
        September 5, 2012 at 1:48 pm (2 years ago)

        Hey I was thinkin if you are organised you may be able to melt the butter with the sugar then let it solidify again before using it?? Not 100% sure but this may get rid of the grainy problem and speed up the whipping problem…. though whipping makes it tasty tasty tasty!!

  11. Natalie
    October 5, 2012 at 7:09 pm (2 years ago)

    My good friend is starting a cupcake business and I had her make some cupcakes for my wedding reception. She made the chocolate cupcake with the chocolate chip cookie dough filling but she used a peanut butter icing. They turned out AMAZING! I figured since she is running a business it wouldn’t be appropriate to ask her for the recipe. So I want to thank you for posting your recipe here so I can make more for my husband. I don’t know exactly what her recipe was but yours look really good too with the little cookie on top. There wasn’t a single chocolate cupcake left after the reception!

    • Betsy ~ @JavaCupcake
      October 6, 2012 at 7:38 pm (2 years ago)

      It makes me so happy to hear things like this! I hope your husband really enjoys these cupcakes!! <3

  12. Joanne
    October 17, 2012 at 10:19 pm (2 years ago)

    Hello they sound fab. Is the cookie dough still
    Frozen when u add it to the cake mix??

    Joanne x

  13. Donna Cummings
    October 24, 2012 at 10:34 am (2 years ago)

    Would love to make these over the weekend, they look amazing!! Do you know how I can convert the cup measurements to grams, as I’m from the UK?
    Thank you

    • Betsy ~ @JavaCupcake
      October 24, 2012 at 3:27 pm (2 years ago)

      You may have to convert each ingredient individually. There are charts available online. :)

    • Karly
      January 22, 2013 at 5:14 pm (2 years ago)

      Donna, it’s a bit late but I’m UK based and I bought cup measurements so recipes like this are easy – my scales are so inaccurate I often convert recipes in grams to cups instead! Otherwise, use a conversion website like Traditional Oven and note down the common measurements (e.g. half a cup = xg of flour/sugar/cocoa) for future reference

      • Betsy Eves
        January 23, 2013 at 10:29 am (2 years ago)

        Thanks Karly!

  14. gertrude
    October 26, 2012 at 7:00 pm (2 years ago)

    i just made this today and they are soooooooooooooo great! i’m going to serve it for my nephew’s baptism tomorrow but i’m afraid i’ll be able to bring only half of what i did (made 3 doz) because my kids and the people in the house kept asking for more! thanks so much for posting the recipe. :)

  15. Rachael Jackson
    June 10, 2013 at 6:48 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m going to make these lovely cupcakes tomorrow, can’t wait to be honest :)
    Just wondering why you need to add flour to the frosting? And flour meaning plain flour?

    • Betsy Eves
      June 11, 2013 at 11:23 pm (2 years ago)

      The flour helps make the frosting taste more like cookie dough! :)

  16. Aliza
    June 11, 2013 at 4:20 am (2 years ago)

    Hi Betsy

    I love ur chocolate chip cupcakes!!!

    I wonder how the cookie dough filling turns out after baking. Is it crunchy like normal cookies or is it cakey like the chocolate cake?


    • Betsy Eves
      June 11, 2013 at 11:23 pm (2 years ago)

      Not crunchy…. thick and dense like a cookie! YUM!

  17. Amy
    June 13, 2013 at 4:54 pm (2 years ago)

    I’ve made these cupcakes 3 times in the past 2 weeks and they are to die for! Tastes like i’m eating a little piece of cookie dough heaven with every bite.

    Thank you for such an awesome recipe! I actually cheated a little bit when I made them a second (and third) time.. I used boxed chocolate cake mix. It turned out just as delicious!

    But anyways, I also wanted to say that it’s not just me that loved these cupcakes… For starters, I brought them to a family birthday party and they were gone before the cake was even cut.

    Also, most excitingly, I entered them in a Cupcake Bake Off at my work and they cbeat out 25 other cupcake variations to win first place.

    Thank you again for such a delicious recipe! I love your blog! :)

    • Betsy Eves
      June 14, 2013 at 10:31 am (2 years ago)

      Yay Amy!!! Congrats on your win at work!! :) That’s so awesome! I’m so glad everyone loved them!!! xoxo

  18. Vanessa
    July 4, 2013 at 5:54 am (2 years ago)

    I just made these for my boyfriend’s birthday! He loved them! He said he needed to go buy a gallon of milk so he could eat them all right now! They are delicious! Thanks so much :))

    • Betsy Eves
      July 4, 2013 at 9:21 am (2 years ago)

      Awesome! I’m glad your boyfriend loved them!!! <3

  19. Phoeni
    August 11, 2013 at 4:50 pm (2 years ago)

    Tried this Cupcakes today and my whole family fell in love with them!
    They’re so delicious and with the dough of the Chocolate Cupcakes I had about 18 big ones and 12 small ones. Way too much, so next time (YES, a next time! And this will be soon) I’ll half the recipe.

    • Betsy Eves
      August 11, 2013 at 7:22 pm (2 years ago)

      Yum! Those look great!! :)

  20. Belle
    October 2, 2013 at 9:30 am (1 year ago)

    yummmmmmy! (I havent actually eaten one yet) but they look good! And the others say they taste good! I have a photo but dont know how to upload it??

  21. Ron
    October 26, 2013 at 10:56 pm (1 year ago)

    Hi, jus wanted to know you havent mentioned whether you use plain flour or self raising flour? And why do you add flour in the frosting?

    • Betsy Eves
      October 27, 2013 at 3:45 pm (1 year ago)

      Great questions. When I just type “flour” in my recipes, it means all-purpose flour. If the recipe calls for anything different, I’ll specify. Also, adding flour to the frosting helps to create that cookie dough flavor you’re looking for with these cupcakes! YUM! It’s so good!

      • Ron
        October 27, 2013 at 8:40 pm (1 year ago)

        Ok thanks for getting back to me. I will definitely try to bake these. Also, do you have measruements in oz or grams? And did you use a cupcake tray or muffin tray to bake :)

  22. Samantha
    January 3, 2014 at 6:50 pm (1 year ago)

    my cookie dough filling is firm! it been in fridge an hour looks like flour! help

  23. katie yoakum
    November 3, 2014 at 6:11 pm (4 months ago)

    I made these for my co-worker / friend’s birthday this weekend and they are amazing. I posted the link on my blog as well.

    • Betsy Eves
      November 4, 2014 at 10:24 am (4 months ago)

      Yay! :) I’m so glad they were a hit!

  24. Luis Javier
    January 19, 2015 at 10:05 pm (1 month ago)

    I am going to make these cupcakes today, for a birthday celebration tomorrow and I was Just wondering if if the cupcakes should be stored in the fridge or could I just leave them outside?

    • Betsy Eves
      January 19, 2015 at 11:30 pm (1 month ago)

      They’ll be okay at room temperature! Unless it’s really hot or humid where you live, then I’d suggest storing them in a cooler place. Have a great party!

      • Luis Javier
        January 19, 2015 at 11:35 pm (1 month ago)

        I live in Puerto Rico jaja. Thank you Ill store them outside!


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