Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

Recipe By Tessa Arias
February 21st, 2014
5 from 2 votes
5 from 2 votes

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes are the ultimate sweet treat and perfect for any occasion!

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook: 18 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: Sweet without being cloying.
Texture: The cupcake is moist and fluffy while the frosting is uber rich with bites of mini chocolate chips.
Ease: Pretty straight forward recipe, though you will dirty a few bowls.
Appearance: Beautiful! These would look great on any dessert table.
Pros: Just a fun and simple cupcake recipe that everyone will enjoy.
Cons: These are pretty rich.
Would I make this again? Yes!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

Okay you guys. I have something to admit. I currently have two totally guilty obsessions right now. One of those obsessions is for cookie dough. If you are a regular reader of my blog you may have noticed that these Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes are not the first cookie dough themed recipe I’ve posted lately. In fact, this will be the third cookie dough recipe this month!! It all started with these Homemade Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs, and continued with Homemade Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Oreos. And now I’m subjecting you to more cookie dough torture, for which I’m terribly sorry. I do have to say though, I have a super fun job that allows me to work on cookie dough recipes 24/7.

My other obsession is totally unrelated, and it is centered around my NEED for grey horizontal striped curtain panels in our living room. Right now we have ugly vertical blinds in front of a sliding glass door and I KNOW that replacing the blinds with these curtains would complete the room in such a beautiful way but I can’t find them anywhere for a reasonable price! It’s seriously driving me nuts. And I’m not about to attempt to paint curtains, that will end horribly wrong I can guarantee it. I’ve been lusting after these perfect striped grey and ivory curtain panels from Crate & Barrel but cannot bring myself to spend $200 on freakin’ curtains. Maybe they will go on sale? That will probably happen the day someone creates calorie-free cookie dough.

5 from 2 votes

How to make
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

Yield: 12 cupcakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes are the ultimate sweet treat and perfect for any occasion!


For the yellow cupcakes:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (6.35 ounces)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

For the chocolate chip cookie dough frosting:

  • 2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2  teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons milk (any kind)
  • Miniature chocolate chips


For the cupcakes:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a standard 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl, sift the flour and baking powder. Add in the salt.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the sugar and butter on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until well combined. Add the sour cream and then the flour mixture, beating well after each addition. Continue beating for another minute, or until the batter is thoroughly mixed.
  4. Fill each muffin cup 2/3 full. Bake for 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool for 10 minutes in the pan on a rack before removing the cupcakes to the rack to cool completely.

For the frosting:

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the sugar and vanilla and beat until very smooth and creamy, about 3 minutes. Add in the flour and salt and beat until combined. Add in the milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until you reach the desired consistency.
  2. Spread or pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes. Sprinkle with the chocolate chips. Serve or store the frosted cupcakes in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Bring to room temperature before serving.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — February 21, 2014 at 4:15 am

    I want cookie dough every day of my life.
    Back in highschool, I once ate an entire roll of uncooked Pillsbury chocolate chunk cookie dough.
    It was the worst/best decision of my life.
    And you paired cookie dough with a cupcake? I <3 you

  2. #
    Lulu — February 24, 2014 at 5:10 am

    Is it ok to use uncooked flour for frosting?

    • #
      Tessa — February 25, 2014 at 10:04 pm


  3. #
    Gaby — February 24, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Can’t resist the cookie dough! These cupcakes are right up my alley!

  4. #
    Melanie @ Carmel Moments — March 24, 2014 at 4:50 am

    These look utterly delightful! Can’t imagine how sweet and they must be.

  5. #
    Abbie @ Needs Salt — March 24, 2014 at 6:45 am

    These cupcakes look amazing! And so perfect. Everything about them. That frosting + a spoon = happiness.

  6. #
    dina — March 24, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    they look yummy!

  7. #
    Angela — August 30, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    My “dough” turned out WAY WAY WAY too salty. I only used 1 teaspoon too. What is “fine salt”? How is it different from normal, table salt? Less salty somehow?

    • #
      Mallory — April 23, 2020 at 4:41 pm

      Angela, read the recipe again.It only calls for 1/2 teaspoon. That was probably why the frosting was too salty. Or maybe you used salted butter.

  8. #
    Luzie — September 16, 2014 at 7:50 am

    They are amazing, but there is too much salt in the cookie dough frosting!

  9. #
    John — January 26, 2017 at 3:34 am

    Followed this recipe to a tee and honestly something is missing, By the time we added the eggs and flour and beat until well mixed we had to actually spoon the batter out into the muffin pans it was extremely thick, Also the batter had way to much of a flour taste and was very dry. Any thoughts on what was missing?

  10. #
    Angela — March 23, 2019 at 3:28 am

    I used salted butter so no additional salt was needed

  11. #
    Stephanie Marzano — May 1, 2020 at 6:05 pm

    Is that really 1 1/4 cups of flour in the frosting????

  12. #
    Keerthana — December 16, 2020 at 7:56 pm

    I made these cupcakes without the cookie dough frosting. The cupcakes were PERFECT! Quite honestly the best yellow cupcakes I have come across so far. I’m so glad I’ve found my go-to recipe for cupcakes. Can’t wait to try more recipes from you, Tessa!!

    • #
      Tessa — December 17, 2020 at 11:48 am

      So glad you enjoyed these cupcakes! Thanks so much for the kind feedback.

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