Cookie Dough Cupcakes

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes with cookie dough frosting are a delightful spin on traditional chocolate chip cupcakes. Perfect for any cupcake or cookie dough lover in your life!

Speaking of cookie dough, have you tried these Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles yet? They’re irresistibly delicious!

Chocolate Chip Cupcake with cookie dough frosting on a cake plate

Why These Cupcakes Are Best

Can’t decide between chocolate chip cookies and cupcakes? This recipe is the best of both worlds.

  • Moist, fluffy chocolate chip cupcakes.
  • Chips Ahoy cookie pieces in every bite.
  • The cookie dough frosting tastes just like chocolate chip cookie dough!
  • The ultimate cupcake recipe for cookie dough lovers.

Today’s cookie dough cupcakes are just begging to be enjoyed with a big glass of milk!

Multiple Chocolate chip cupcakes with cookie dough frosting. Topped with chocolate chip cookie on a cake plate.

Ingredient Notes

  • Chips ahoy cookies – These are the perfect store bought cookie for these cupcakes because they’re soft but don’t fall apart in the batter. We use the original cookies for the cupcake batter and the mini ones as a garnish.
  • Evaporated milk – We use this to give moisture and richness to the cupcakes. It’s also used to thin the frosting to a spreadable consistency.
  • Mini chocolate chips – Use semi-sweet, milk chocolate or any variety of mini chocolate chips you like to eat!
  • Vanilla extract – A good quality pure vanilla extract is essential for that familiar cookie dough flavor and aroma. We love baking with homemade vanilla whenever possible.
  • Unsalted butter – Baking with the unsalted variety gives you more control over the saltiness and final flavor of your baked goods. You can use salted butter instead; just omit the added kosher salt in the recipe.
  • Kosher salt – Without it, your cupcakes will taste flat and bland. Here’s why kosher salt is best.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcake with cookie dough frosting cut in half on a plate

Tips and Tricks

  • Don’t completely crush the cookies into crumbs for the cupcakes. You want there to be small cookie chunks.
  • Skip the cookies altogether in the cupcakes and just use chocolate chips if you don’t want that crunchy texture.
  • While normally you can skip the “sifting” of the flour, today’s recipe is very important to do that step. It keeps the cupcake light and fluffy!
  • Beat the cookie dough frosting ingredients together well for a creamy texture and delicious taste. The longer you beat it, the fluffier it gets!

Three Chocolate chip cupcakes with cookie dough frosting on a rectangular plate, topped with a cookie

Recipe FAQs

How do I store these cupcakes? Do they need to be refrigerated?

The cupcakes do not need to be refrigerated.
Store the chocolate chip cookie dough cupcakes in an airtight container at room temperature and enjoy within 3 days for best taste.

Can I make the cupcakes with different kinds of cookies?

You can use any brand of chocolate chip cookies in this recipe, even homemade cookies!
The recipe would also work with other cookie flavors for a different taste, like double chocolate chip cookies or white chocolate chip cookies.

Can I freeze cupcakes?

You can freeze the cupcakes before adding frosting. Thaw them at room temperature before adding frosting and the cookie garnish on top.

Half of a chocolate chip cupcake in a hand. Topped with cookie dough frosting and a chocolate chip cookie

More Cupcake Recipes

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Cookie Dough Cupcakes

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes with cookie dough frosting are a delightful spin on traditional chocolate chip cupcakes. Perfect for any cupcake or cookie dough lover in your life!


For the Cupcakes:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 15 Chips Ahoy original cookies, chopped

For the Frosting:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 Tablespoons evaporated milk
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 12 mini Chips Ahoy cookies (for garnish), broken in half


  1. For the cupcakes, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Beat butter with sugar until smooth and fluffy (about 3 minutes). Add in eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition until fully combined. Beat in vanilla extract.
  3. In small bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda together (very important). Add flour mixture, alternating with evaporated milk, in about 3 additions.
  4. Do not overbeat. Fold in chopped cookies. Fill cupcake liners about ¾ full and bake 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool 15 minutes in pan, remove and cool completely on wire rack.
  5. For the frosting, beat butter, brown sugar and salt for about 3 minutes until fully combined. Beat in powdered sugar, vanilla and milk. Continue to beat for about 3-5 minutes until fluffy. Add chocolate chips. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes and garnish with half of a mini chips ahoy cookie. Enjoy!


  • See blog post for more recipe tips and tricks.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 509Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 77mgSodium: 229mgCarbohydrates: 69gFiber: 1gSugar: 52gProtein: 5g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes are moist, sweet, dangerously tasty cupcakes packed with cookie dough flavor!

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Posted on July 24, 2019

Comments & Reviews

  1. These cupcakes look so good! We are so glad that you linked up to our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday”. Please come back again really soon! Thanks! -The Sisters

  2. These look so yummy! Will have to try these soon!

    Stopping by from Tip Junkie!

    PS – I’m hosting a giveaway…i would love to have you stop by to enter!!

  3. I love eating cookie dough!!! These cupcakes look awesome! And what a sweet post about your hubby and dad! Love it!!!

  4. Aw, sweet post. My husband is much like yours, what would we do without them?? Love these cupcakes, I’d eat them all. Maybe I’d share…maybe.

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