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Cookie Dough Cupcakes

Cookie Dough Cupcakes recipe featuring yellow cupcakes with chocolate chip cookie dough in the middle and topped with brown sugar frosting!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword recipe for cookie dough cupcakes
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 24 cupcakes
Calories 445kcal


For the cookie dough balls

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup miniature semi sweet chocolate chips

For the cupcakes

  • 15.25 oz package yellow cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup oil

For the brown sugar frosting

  • 1 1/2 cups 3 sticks butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar


  • Prepare the cookie dough balls by beating together the butter, sugars, milk, vanilla, and salt until creamy.
  • Add in the flour and beat until well mixed. (Consuming raw or uncooked flour may pose a food safety risk, so proceed at your own caution.)
  • Stir in the miniature chocolate chips.
  • Roll into tablespoon full balls, place in a plastic container, and freeze until completely solid (overnight is best).
  • Once the cookie dough is frozen solid, prepare the cupcake batter by beating the cake mix, oil, water, and eggs until smooth.
  • Fill 24 cupcake tins lined with paper liners two thirds full with batter.
  • Place a frozen cookie dough ball in the center of each cupcake on top of the batter.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20-23 minutes or until tops are golden.
  • Remove and cool completely. For the frosting, beat together the butter, brown sugar, salt, milk, and vanilla.
  • Add in the powdered sugar gradually, scraping down the sides halfway through.
  • Add an additional 1/2-1 tablespoon milk if needed.
  • Pipe frosting on cooled cupcakes and sprinkle with additional mini chocolate chips if desired. Store in the refrigerator.


Calories: 445kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 373mg | Potassium: 92mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 663IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 1mg