Sweet Tooth Friday: Cookie Dough Cupcakes

by Allison @ Alli 'n Son on December 29, 2011

I thought about posting something healthy today. A much needed break from all of the Christmas sweets over the last month, week, days.

I thought about ending the year with the promise to share some good-for-you, or at least better-for-you, sweets, to make up for the over indulgence from the holidays.

I thought about swearing off chocolate, sugar and all things cookies for the next month.

I thought all of these things. And then I realized that it was my sleep deprived brain talking. I was in just in a sugar coma. It will pass and I’ll be my same old self, with cravings to bake something sweet. That’s just who I am. And I’m not going to change it.

So there.

I’ve pushed aside my good intentions, and my guilt, to bring to you the most amazing cupcakes on the face of the earth. Not only are these cupcakes, which, let’s face it, are pretty wonderful. They are topped with the most delicious cookie dough buttercream frosting. We all know that the frosting makes the cupcake, right? Right.

But…there’s something else that makes these cupcakes. They are filled. With…

Wait for it…

Cookie dough.

Eggless cookie dough that tastes just like the real thing.

Did you get all of that? These are cookie dough flavored cupcakes, topped with cookie dough buttercream frosting, and filled with cookie dough.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

If this isn’t cookie dough heaven, I’m not sure what is.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

Now, these cupcakes are a labor of love. They took me three days to make. True, you could make them all in one day, but, it would be an all day event. Entire days of baking, well, those just don’t happen for me anymore. So I had to make them in stages.

Stage one, the cookie dough filling, which was then stored in the fridge. And only occasionally nibbled at.

Stage two, the frosting. Also stored in the fridge. Also occasionally nibbled at.

Stage three, the cupcakes.

Stage four, filling the cupcakes and frosting them.

Stage five, not eating them all. I made these for the little man’s baptism, and they taunted me for an entire day before I could finally eat one.

It was torture. And so worth the wait.

Cookie Dough Cupcakes

Cookie Dough Cupcakes


  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1-1/2 cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon finely ground sea salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • Filling
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sweetened condensed milk (half of a 14 oz can)
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
  • Frosting
  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 3-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely ground sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • Tiny chocolate chip cookies
  • Mini chocolate chips (store-bought or homemade)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  2. Line two cupcake pans with paper liners, 24 total.
  3. Using an electric mixer combine the butter and brown sugar beating on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed.
  5. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  6. Add 1 cup of the flour mixture to the mixer bowl on low speed, then 1/3 of the milk. Continue alternating the flour mixture and milk, ending with the flour. Mix after each addition just until incorporated.
  7. Blend in the vanilla and almond extracts.
  8. Using a spatula, fold in the chocolate chips.
  9. Using an ice cream scoop, divide the batter evenly between the prepared cupcake liners.
  10. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  11. Cool in the pans for 5-10 minutes, before transfering to a wire rack to cool completely.
  12. Filling
  13. Combine the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl. Cream on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  14. Add in the flour, sweetened condensed milk and almond extract, mixing until smooth.
  15. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  16. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge, for at least an hour. You can also prepare this ahead of time and store in the fridge for several days.
  17. Once chilled, roll the dough into 24 balls, approximately one-inch.
  18. After the cupcakes have cooled, cut a cone-shaped portion out of the center of each cupcake using a small pairing knife. Fill each cupcake with a cookie dough ball. You may need to form a cone shape with the cookie dough to get it to fit properly.
  19. Frosting
  20. Using an electric mixer, beat together the butter and brown sugar until creamy.
  21. Mix in the powdered sugar until smooth.
  22. Beat in the flour and salt.
  23. Add the milk, vanilla and almond extracts until smooth and well blended.
  24. Frost the filled cupcakes, sprinkling with mini chocolate chips. Top with half of mini chocolate chip cookie.
  25. The frosting can also be made in advance and stored in the fridge. Before using, bring the frosting to room temperature. Using an electric mixer, beat the frosting on medium speed, adding a tablespoon or two of milk to soften it up.

Recipe adapted from Annie’s Eats.

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1 Jo-Lyn's Cup Cakes N' Candies December 29, 2011 at 7:08 pm

These look amazing! And pretty simple, too!!

2 Allison @ Alli 'n Son January 1, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Amazing, yes! Simple, not really. They aren’t difficult to make, just time consuming. But so totally worth it.

3 Susan @ The Weekly Sweet Experiment December 29, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Wow – these cupcakes look amazing!!! If it wasn’t so late I would start baking them now :). It is hard to bake straight when kids are running around so I will probably follow your 3 day model. I need to ASAP – these look great!! Thanks for hosting the party – I linked up peppermint bark!

4 Allison @ Alli 'n Son January 1, 2012 at 3:13 pm

I hope you do get a chance to make them, even if it does take you three days too. They are so totally worth it.

5 Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos December 29, 2011 at 10:05 pm

So glad you decided not to go healthy on us :) these cupcakes look amazing! I’m not sure any filling would make it to the cupcakes if I tried to store it in the fridge until filling them!

6 Shari Brooks December 30, 2011 at 5:59 am

happy to be part of the party again this week. I linked up some sinfully sweet treats: gingerbread, chocolate haystacks and chocolate cake truffles. hopey ou enjoy!

7 Allison @ Alli 'n Son January 1, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Those both sound amazing. Thanks for joining again this week!

8 Jocelyn December 30, 2011 at 7:08 am

LOL! I had all those same delusion thoughts about baking…then I went and had some fudge and all was right again:-) Those cupcakes look amazing!!! Go you on waiting to eat them…not an easy thing to do. Thank you for hosting!!!

9 Allison @ Alli 'n Son January 1, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Ah fudge, it solves all of our problems, does’t it?

10 Mindie December 30, 2011 at 7:12 am

What a great cupcake recipe, I am in love. Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year’s Eve from Bacon Time.

11 Lisa @ Happy in Dole Valley December 30, 2011 at 7:39 am

Thanks for hosting! Cookie dough…mmmm. :)
Sharing two muffin recipes — Chocolate Peppermint & Festive Peppermint. Each was baked with w/w flour and is low sugar (but no one would ever guess that they are!).
Blessings to you and yours in the new year, ~Lisa @ HappyinDoleValley :)

12 Allison @ Alli 'n Son January 1, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Chocolate and peppermint, two of my favorite things. How did you know?

13 Run DMT December 30, 2011 at 7:46 am

Wow. That does seem a lot of pain-staking steps. I made these but I baked these with the cookie dough inside. I like the idea of unbaked cookie dough, tough. I may need to give these a try, but I need to detox from Christmas first. lol Pinning your recipe! 😉

I’m doing a 2011 recap on my blog today. I hope that’s ok. I linked a sweet for you.

14 Allison @ Alli 'n Son January 1, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Thanks for the pin!

When you baked them with the cookie dough inside, did the cookie part stay soft or did it end up more like a cookie? I’m interested in trying this way too. Actually, I’m interested in trying just about any kind of cupcake. :) If you have a link to the recipe, I’d love to see it.

15 Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more December 30, 2011 at 8:10 am

Firstly these look too good, and I would not be able to make them and not eat them all.

Secondly I linked up, thanks for this:)

16 Allison @ Alli 'n Son January 1, 2012 at 3:17 pm

LOL! If I hadn’t made the for a room full of people, I totally would have eaten them myself.

17 Deana December 30, 2011 at 9:20 am

WOW! That looks crazy good! Joining your site today….Happy New Year!

18 Charlie December 30, 2011 at 10:11 am

Ali: I’m not much for over the top sweets.
But these I have to try!!
Oh my they look good!
And I am so blessed to have my Mama living with me (LOL she will eat most of them) but honestly I am blessed.
Thank you for the recipe.

Wishing you and your family and year filled with blessings!

19 Allison @ Alli 'n Son January 1, 2012 at 3:17 pm

It IS a blessing to have someone to eat your sweets! We can only eat so much, right?

20 JeNae December 30, 2011 at 11:34 am

These look delicious!

21 Chels R. December 30, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Those Cupcakes look INCREDIBLE!!

22 Christina December 30, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Thanks for hosting! Your Cookie dough cupcakes look so yummy!

23 Erin @ Making Memories December 30, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Forget healthy. These look wonderful!

24 Allison @ Alli 'n Son January 1, 2012 at 3:18 pm

You are a woman after my own heart. 😉

25 claire December 31, 2011 at 3:53 am

These look amazing :) I’m new to your blog just linked up ,got your button for my hop page and now going to follow you,thanks for hosting ,happy new year :)

26 Kitchen Belleicious December 31, 2011 at 5:09 pm

these have to be my favorite cupcakes ever!

27 Allison @ Alli 'n Son January 1, 2012 at 3:18 pm

If we lived closer, I would bring you some! A welcome the baby home treat.

28 Heather @girlichef January 1, 2012 at 11:23 am

These cupcakes are sinful…I want one! Happy New Year 😀

29 Bizzy January 1, 2012 at 11:42 am

These are amazing. They are attractive and there is no need to say how delicious, they must be. Thanks for sharing this. It has made my day (if I get time to bake)

30 Megan @ Some Good Times January 1, 2012 at 10:28 pm

These cupcakes look so delicious ! I would love for you to share these treats at my new link party, Some Good Stuff, http://some-good-times.blogspot.com/2012/01/some-good-stuff-1.html

I am pinning these and hope to enjoy them soon !


31 Allison @ Alli 'n Son January 3, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Thanks for the Pin Megan!

32 Bridget Hedger January 2, 2012 at 8:37 pm

These look so good! I’ve always wanted to make these. I absolutely love cookie dough! I found your blog on a linky party. Come check mine out sometime too! Share some love. Thanks for the post

33 Wende January 3, 2012 at 12:38 am

These look so good and I can’t wait to make them for my youngest daughter who is a cookie dough fanatic. I shared your recipe on my Must Try Tuesday blog post today.


I also pinned and stumbled your recipe…hope it brings you lots of viewers!

Happy New Year!

The Rickett Chronicles

34 Allison @ Alli 'n Son January 3, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Thanks Wende for sharing my recipe!

35 Dusty January 4, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Oh.my.word. I think I just drooled all over my keyboard. Yum!

36 Miz Helen January 8, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Hi Alli,
Coming to your Sweet Tooth Friday is like coming to a great sweetshop and drooling! Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen

37 Jennifer January 10, 2012 at 9:04 am

Yummy! I posted a link to this recipe on my blog…thru my pinterest board.
Jennifer @ The Craft Barn

38 Jen January 11, 2012 at 7:58 am

wondering if you can freeze the cookie filling? If so it would be yummy to add to icecream
Thanks for the great recipe!

39 Allison @ Alli 'n Son January 11, 2012 at 2:15 pm

You sure can! I’ve used it on an ice cream cake before, it freezes wonderfully.

40 Carrie Johler February 4, 2012 at 9:57 am

I made these yesterday, and since you have to scoop out some of the cake to put in the cookie dough filling, I mixed the leftover cake with leftover frosting for cake ball filling, then used the leftover chocolate chips to coat the cake balls. They didn’t look nearly as amazing as the cupcakes, but they tasted – possibly – even better!

41 Shannon Miller April 19, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Instead of filling them after you bake them, could you fill them before baking and have a soft baked cookie in the middle? I think that would be much easier and not having raw cookie dough……just a thought? lol

42 janice October 20, 2012 at 4:54 pm

I made these last night and was wondering is the batter is supposed to be very thick?

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