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Cookie Dough Cupcakes

makes 12 cupcakes


for the cookie dough:

  • 1 1/8 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) salted butter, softened
  • 3/8 cup white sugar
  • 3/8 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 Tbsp milk
  • 3/4 cup mini dark chocolate chips

for the cupcakes

  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) plus 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp white sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temp
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2-3 Tbsp milk, as needed

for the frosting

  • 3/4 cup of reserved cookie dough (recipe above)
  • 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1-2 Tbsp milk, as needed


  1. Start by making the cookie dough. Beat the butter and sugars in a stand mixer on high until creamy and fluffy. Add in vanilla and milk and beat until combined. Turn the mixer to low and slowly add sugar and baking soda. Mix until combined and then stir in chocolate chips.
  2. Reserve 3/4 cup of cookie dough in an airtight container and place in fridge for a little while. Form the remaining dough into 12 (1") rounds, place on a baking sheet and in the freezer. Freeze at least 2 hours until firm.
  3. Remove the reserved 3/4 cup cookie dough from fridge at least 30 min before needing it. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C), and line 12 muffin tins with cupcake liners.
  4. In a food processor (or stand mixer), add all ingredients for the cupcakes except the milk. Beat (or pulse food processor) until all ingredients are well combined, streaming in milk as they are combining, until batter is smooth and creamy.
  5. Fill cupcake liners only 1/5 full with batter, then drop the frozen cookie dough rounds on top of the batter, and top with remaining batter, roughly 2/3 full. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the tops of cupcakes are brown. Remove and let cool completely.
  6. While cupcakes are cooling, make the frosting by beating the butter until fluffy. Add vanilla and slowly add powdered sugar until well combined. As as much milk  as needed to make creamy. Add reserved 3/4 cup cookie dough and beat until well combined.
  7. Pipe onto cupcakes as desired as serve.
  8. Make these for someones birthday :)
Sources: cupcakes from Baked Bree; Cookie dough and frosting from Love and Olive Oil
© Carla's Confections 2013