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Cookie Cupcakes With Cookie Dough Frosting

Cookie cupcakes + cookie dough frosting + a chocolate chip cookie on top = chocolate chip cookie nirvana! This is the cookie dough cupcake for chocolate chip cookie lovers!

Cookie cupcakes on a white backgroundThese cookie cupcakes are a very unique recipe. The same batch of dough makes both 12 cookie cupcakes and 12 mini chocolate chip cookies to sit on top of the cupcakes.

You see, the cupcakes are actually big chocolate chip cookies that are baked in cupcake tins.

cookie cupcake broken open to show the insideYou could frost the cupcakes with vanilla frosting or chocolate cream cheese frosting, but I like to go cookie crazy and frost mine with cookie dough frosting!

Serve with a cold glass of milk or if you are feeling a little under the weather, try them with a mug of warm milk and honey.

Why Cookie Cupcakes are Amazing

cupcake tin filled with cookie dough in cupcake linersYou can use cookie dough to make cupcakes but they won’t taste like typical cupcakes.

They taste like large cookies!

Cookie cupcakes taste more like cookie bars (like blondies) than cupcakes.

Tips for Making Cookie Cupcakes

Here are some things to keep in mind when making cookie dough cupcakes:

  • Most cookie recipes don’t rise very much. So, fill your cupcake liners almost all of the way to the top.
  • You will need to adjust the bake time. Start checking for doneness at about 20 minutes – my recipe below takes thirty minutes to bake, but some will take less. You’ll know they are done when a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out dry.
  • You can make these cookie cupcakes as mini cupcakes. You might want to do this if a big cookie with cookie dough frosting sounds too rich to you or if you like a larger frosting to cupcake ratio. This recipe makes 24 mini cupcakes. Start checking for doneness at around 15 minutes. Also, you’ll want to make 24 mini cookies instead of 12 so you have enough for all of the cupcakes.

How to Make Cookie Dough Cupcakes

Pile of brown butter chocolate chip cookies on white backgroundYou can use any cookie recipe to make cookie cupcakes, even store-bought cookie dough.

My recipe uses brown butter chocolate chip cookie dough. The brown butter gives the cookies a nutty caramel flavor. The instructions for making brown butter are below. But, keep in mind that the cookies will still be delicious even if you don’t take the time to brown the butter.


How to Make Cookie Cupcakes

First, mix brown sugar, granulated sugar, and brown butter.

Tip: You can use light or dark brown sugar. Dark brown sugar will yield more of a molasses flavor.

Mixing wet ingredients for cookie cupcakes in the glass bowl of a mixer

Next, mix in the eggs, vanilla, flour, and baking soda.

Tip: Mix until just combined. Overmixing can make the cookies gummy.

Bowl of cookie dough in a glass mixing bowl

Fold in the chocolate chips with a spatula or wooden spoon. I don’t suggest using your electric mixer to add the chips as that can lead to overmixing.

Mixing chocolate chips into cookie dough

Fill 12 cupcake liners with cookie dough and divide the remaining cookie dough into 12 flattened cookie dough balls on a cookie sheet.

Tip: You can bake the cupcakes and the cookies together, but they have different bake times. So, remember to take the cookies out before the cupcakes.
brown butter chocolate chip cookie dough on a cookie sheetCool the cupcakes in the cupcake tin – if you try to remove them early, they can become misshapen. Cool the cookies on a cooling rack.

Browning Butter

To brown the butter, place it in a skillet on medium heat.

Two sticks of butter starting to melt on a skillet

Continue to heat the butter, stirring periodically. It will start to boil with big bubbles.

butter boiling in a skilletThen, the bubbles will get smaller.

smaller bubbles

Raise the heat slightly at this point and keep a close eye on the butter. Once the butter turns more brown, remove it from the heat immediately.

Brown butter in skillet

Wait for the browned butter to cool before adding it the recipe.

browned butter in a glass bowl

Cookie Dough Frosting

Cookie Dough Frosting being piped onto a cupcakeCookie dough frosting is one of my favorite frostings. I not only use it on these cookie cupcakes, but I also love it on vanilla cupcakes and chocolate cupcakes.

Cookie dough frosting is made from edible cookie dough that is safe to eat because it has no eggs (no salmonella risk) and the flour is heated to kill off E. coli. I don’t brown the butter in the cookie dough frosting, but you can if you really love brown butter!

Tip: When you make the cupcakes, leave the ingredients out on your counter. You’ll be using the exact same ingredients to make the cookie dough frosting.

To finish off the cupcakes, decorate them with the mini cookies that you made.

Cookie cupcakes with cookie dough frosting and a cookie on top

You can either stand them up (as shown above) or lay them flat (as shown below). Which do you like better?

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Cookie Cupcakes

Cookie cupcakes + cookie dough frosting + a chocolate chip cookie on top = chocolate chip cookie nirvana! This is the cupcake for cookie lovers!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate chip cookies, cookie cupcakes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 697kcal
Author Stef


Cupcake and Cookie Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Cookie Dough Frosting Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk


Cupcake and Cookie Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Melt butter over medium heat in a small skillet or heavy-bottomed pot.
  • Continue to heat the butter, stirring periodically, until it turns brown (10-15 minutes).
  • The butter will first boil with big bubbles (it’s not done then). Then, the bubbles will get smaller. Turn up the heat slightly and monitor closely until the butter looks more brown (that’s when it’s done).
  • Remove butter from heat and cool to room temperature.
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix cooled brown butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until just combined.
  • Mix in the eggs.
  • Mix in the vanilla, flour, baking soda, and salt until just combined.
  • Fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Fill 12 cupcake liners in a cupcake tin almost to the top with cookie dough.
  • Divide the remaining dough into 12 evenly sized balls, slightly flatten them, and space them out loosely on a cookie sheet.
  • Bake cupcakes for 25 minutes or until tops just begin to get dark brown. Cool in cupcake tins.
  • Bake cookies for 15 minutes or until edges just begin to get dark brown. Cool on a cooking rack.

Cookie Dough Frosting Instructions

  • Heat flour in the microwave in 15 second intervals, stirring after each interval, until a thermometer placed into the center of the flour reads 160 F/70 C.
  • Mix flour with the rest of the ingredients in a big bowl.
  • Let the frosting sit for a few minutes while the flour absorbs some of the melted butter.
  • Pipe or spread onto cooled cupcakes and top with a cookie.


  • You can use light or dark brown sugar in this recipe. Dark brown sugar will yield more of a molasses flavor.
  • If you want to bake these as mini cupcakes, the recipe will make 24. Bake them for 15 minutes and make 24 smaller cookies with the extra dough.
  • You can bake the cupcakes and the cookies at the same time, but they have different bake times. So, remember to take the cookies out before the cupcakes.
  • You can use this same technique with other cookie recipes. Have fun experimenting!


Nutrition Facts
Cookie Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 697 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 19g95%
Cholesterol 100mg33%
Sodium 270mg11%
Potassium 194mg6%
Carbohydrates 95g32%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 57g63%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 890IU18%
Calcium 68mg7%
Iron 3.3mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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The cupcake for chocolate cookie lovers! These cookie cupcakes with cookie dough frosting is an amazing sweet treat for the kids. Be ready for a chocolate chip overdose. Surprise your family with this dessert recipe!
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