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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

Who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookie dough, right? It’s just so hard not to go crazy munching on it. Sometimes I wonder how much I actually eat before it gets baked and, even justify by telling myself it’s a superfood….. Well, maybe that is going too far…..

chocolate chip cookie dough cupcakes decorated on a platter

These cupcakes are loaded with a chocolate chip cookie dough center and are the perfect outlet for that ooey gooey craving. My kids growing up, loved this cupcake so much. That cookie dough bakes up perfectly in the center of a tender cake. The best of both worlds, hands down!

chocolate chip cookie dough cupcake sliced in half

When I started my home baking business, I was working on my cupcake menu and trying different flavor combinations and textures. This is where I discovered this cupcake.

I tried different versions to see what worked the best. Finally, deciding that putting a hunk of raw dough right in the center of the cupcake before baking was the way to go!

Before long, it was a top seller, especially at arts and craft fairs. Excitingly, this cupcake was one the first cupcake flavors to always sell out.

Super popular with the young crowd too.

For this recipe, I take my favorite vanilla cupcake along with my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. I’m sure you have a favorite as well, if so, try it and let me know how they turned out. Together, this duo rocks it out and might be a fan favorite in your family and friends.

Also, you could even use the store bought version cookie dough. Works equally as well and will save you some time for a quick short cut.

Chocolate chips and cookie dough were just meant to be together, what is your favorite cupcake flavor?

Love cupcake? Try some of these flavors:


Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

cookie dough cupcake sliced in half

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Vanilla cake loaded with cookie dough baked right inside for a delicious cupcake cookie version that will become your new favorite

  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 43 minutes
  • Yield: 12 cupcakes 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American


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  • 1 stick butter (unsalted)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup cake flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup milk

Cookie Dough

  • 1 stick butter (unsalted)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Vanilla Buttercream

  • 1 stick butter (unsalted)
  • 4 cups powdered sugar (or 1 pound)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla


Cookie Dough

  1. In a mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter with both sugars till creamy. Add the egg and vanilla and mix well.
  2. Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt and mix till combined.
  3. Add the chocolate chips and mix till all combined.
  4. Take the dough and shape in a large square. Wrap with saran wrap and refrigerate or use right away.
  5. Cut the dough into small squares to be placed into each cupcake. Bake the remaining squares off at 350 for 10 minutes for snacking and for decorating the tops of the cupcakes. cookie dough cut into squares


  1. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with cupcake liners. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a mixer with a paddle, cream the butter with the sugar, add the egg and vanilla and mix well.
  3. Combine the dry ingredients and add half to the mixer and incorporate, then add all the milk and mix till combined. Add the remaining flour mixture and mix till creamy.
  4. Scoop batter into the 12 cups about 2/3 full. Place a square of cookie dough right into the middle of the batter in each cup. Press slightly into the batter.
  5. Bake 18-20 minutes till done. Place on a wire rack to cool completely.

Vanilla Buttercream

  1. In a mixer with the paddle, cream the butter till creamy. Add the sugar, milk, and vanilla. Mix on low till combined then on medium about a minute till light and fluffy.
  2. Frost the cupcakes with the buttercream and garnish with crushed chocolate chip cookies, or the mini squares of cookies baked off and chocolate chips.

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