Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

by Cate on April 19, 2010

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes. Divine. Simply divine.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcake

I love the steely concentration Sweetnicks readers have.  Homemade fruit roll-ups?  Nah.  Let’s hear about the cupcakes.  My kind of peeps!

One of our neighbors had a birthday last week and, although I didn’t get my act together to make the cupcakes actually ON her birthday, I did make them this weekend.  Only a few days later.  I’ve got to think that a little chocolatey goodness makes tardiness seem as unimportant as Kate Gosselin’s standing on Dancing with the Stars.

I found the cupcake recipe on a non-food blog that is on my Regular Reading List.  As soon as the first few people tried the cupcake this weekend, it quickly registered on the OMG scale.  But I’ve got to say … it is as complicated as a boxed cake mix and break-and-bake cookies.  I always feel a little sheepish when someone loves a baked good and asks for the recipe, only to have to fess up that it’s a MacGyver’d recipe from a box or two.  But I shouldn’t really.   No need.

When I make cupcakes, the kids go through phases.  Most of the time, they’re good with just one or two and then want nothing to do with them.  Occasionally, they go through them a bit faster.  This batch?  The latter.  I’ve caught Madeline more than once this weekend dragging a chair over to the counter in an attempt to pilfer her own cupcake when I’ve said no.  Little weasel.  Nick has figured out that sometimes if I say no to a cupcake, I’ll say yes to half a cupcake.  I’m flexible that way.  After the fruit and greens have been eaten off their dinner plate.

Cupcake Inside

For the frosting, I went with Barefoot Contessa’s chocolate frosting recipe (below). I don’t know what I missed or did wrong, but when the recipe was done, there was no way it resembled the right consistency for frosting. Since I had already invested the time and ingredients to it, I didn’t want to trash it, so went about saving it. I added confectioner’s sugar until it was finally the right consistency. Um, to the tune of some 3 cups or so. I didn’t measure, but it was a lot. The good news? I managed to salvage the frosting and some even thought it was better than my famous buttercream frosting. Of course, I have a ton leftover, but that can be easily rectified by baking another batch of cupcakes.  And methinks this recipe will be making another appearance in our kitchen soon.

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Photo #79, April 19, 2010

Wilton Whisk

My mom discovered this fun whisk recently in an issue of Ty Pennington’s magazine. It’s made by Wilton, and the center spiral is supposed to make whisking more efficient, and allow for more air to get into the mixture.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes
Recipe courtesy of The Larson Lingo

You need a box of chocolate cake mix & mix according to the directions on the box. You need a package of pre-made chocolate chip cookie dough. Fill 24 cupcake liners about half full with batter & use 1 cookie dough chunk per cupcake (I used a half cookie dough chunk in each cupcake). Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. When the cupcakes are baking, make your frosting.

Chocolate Frosting
Recipe courtesy of Barefoot Contessa

24 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
1-1/2 cups heavy cream
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature

For the frosting, place the chocolate chips and heavy cream in a bowl set over a pot of simmering water, stirring occasionally, until the chips are completely melted. Off the heat, add the corn syrup and vanilla and allow the chocolate mixture to cool to room temperature. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk the chocolate mixture and softened butter on medium speed for a few minutes, until it’s thickened.

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Tamilee April 20, 2010 at 12:11 am

Hey Cate – have you seen the Kuhn Rikon whisks? They aren’t quite as strange-looking as the Wilton one, but the “butterfly” style works pretty well.

Can’t believe how big your kids are getting – both so cute! And Madeline looks so much older than my daughter, who is only 6 months younger … must be that long hair! :)


Joanne April 20, 2010 at 6:14 am

These cookies sound intense. I like anything with the words cookie dough in it though. How could you ever go wrong there?

I like the idea of half a cupcake. Half a cupcake for breakfast. Then half for a midday snack. Then half for lunch…you get the idea.


Kris #40 April 20, 2010 at 7:13 am

Thanks for the recipe!


Ramona April 20, 2010 at 10:07 am

The frosting recipe does look like it’s missing 10x or something….

Glad the cupcakes were a hit. I can picture vanilla cake mix and PB cookie dough at our house……

Cause as I’ve said before, I think I’m the only person on the planet that probably hates choc chip cookies :<


mandy April 20, 2010 at 11:58 am

I basically need this recipe in my life. NOW. Good lord do those cupcakes look wonderful. I will be stopping at the store on the way home and trying to justify an excuse to bake them ASAP. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!!


Sarah Caron April 20, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Those look great! I was checking them out in your Flickr stream and wondering … YUM.

So, you gonna spill the recipe for the homemade fruit roll ups? I want to make some this evening!


claire April 20, 2010 at 3:58 pm

That is an AWESOME whisk! I was wondering where the picture of the fruit roll-ups was on the last post. :-) This is a fun recipe. I’m making cookie dough topped brownies tonight…actually, the second round. The first round had overbaked brownies and that just did NOT work for bringing treats to work, so again I will bake!


Meg April 27, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Those cupcakes sound delicious — and simple is the way to go! I love making cupcakes from scratch when I have the time, but… who has the time? :) Thanks for sharing, can’t wait to try them! And that whisk is awesome-looking!


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