Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes. . . . . yeah, you heard me.

Kiddo's birthday was last week and he LOOOOOOOOOOVES cookie dough.
{So does his mother...it's hereditary.}

I knew exactly what to make him for his birthday cake, Cheryl's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes.


Let me break these bad boys down for you....

First, there is a chocolate chip cookie cupcake. Then, they are filled with chocolate chip cookie dough filling.  And finally, they are topped with a brown sugar cookie dough frosting.

{Yeah, you don't WANT to know the WW points on these puppies.}

For the cupcakes and the filling, I'm going to link you to Cheryl's recipe.  The only change I made on those was to add just a *pinch* of salt to the filling.  You could totally skip that if you wanted.

I changed up the frosting just a bit, so here is that recipe...

Brown Sugar Cookie Dough Frosting

3 sticks unsalted butter, room temp.
3/4 c. light brown sugar, packed
1 lb. box powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. coarse salt
3 TBSP milk
2 and &1/2 tsp vanilla
mini chocolate chips

Cream the butter and brown sugar with the paddle attachment until fluffy.  Add in the powdered sugar and beat on low until incorporated, then increase the speed and beat until smooth and combined.  Add the salt, milk and vanilla; blend until smooth.

Frost the cupcakes. (I used a Bakery Crafts 9CS tip.)  Sprinkle with mini chocolate chips.



Now, it's time for the candles.

And I have NO IDEA how this happened, but the reflection of the flames made ♥'s in the picture.  Is that cool, or what?!?!?


{Here's what 12 looks like around here.....sweaty hair, flared nostrils, fruit punch mustache and all. ♥}

100 comments

  1. I did a similar frosting recipe - the brown sugar flavor is key. I used molasses to get it, but it's the same concept. The salt is yet another important ingredient. Nice work.

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  2. These look outrageous!!! What a wonderful birthday cupcake.

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  3. Those cupcakes look AMAZING! And I just love the picture with the hearts that the candles made! So cool!

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  4. My two favortite desserts combined! Thank you so much for sharing this! I am definitely adding it to my recipes file. :0)

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  5. Oh my goodness - the frosting alone would have be sold! Happy belated birthday to the little guy :)

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  6. Beautiful cupcakes and so decadent too! YUM!

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  7. I'm going to have to try these...they sound decadent!

    And happy birthday to that cutie

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  8. They look delicious! Happy birthday to kiddo! I love salt added to the sweets it sure gives a great kick.

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  9. oh my heart. These look amazing.

    I wish I wasn't the only one in the house that loved cookie dough.

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  10. love the cupcakes... love the hearts tooooo!!! <3

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  11. OMG this is so-ooo flipping invinting O_O Looks so-ooo soft and with a creamy filling !!!!

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  12. Yummy looking cupcakes! Love the hearts from the flames...the last candle pic I took did the same thing, but I have no idea how it happened:-) Makes for an awesome pic though!

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  13. Yum!

    And Bridget, he looks like he can eat all the cupcakes you can make for him. KIDS, man. :-)

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  14. Omg Bridget, heaven on a plate!
    Those hearts in the pic are really neat; kind of magical really! ♥

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  15. Now all I need is a Bridget to make them for me! Cool pic and happy birthday Star Wars kid!!!

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  16. Oh. My. Gosh. These are the best cupcakes I have ever heard of! I LOVEEE cookie dough!

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  17. These are crazy incredible. I'm going to have to make them for a friend's bday tomorrow, I can't resist!

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  18. Mmmmm, looks soooooo delicious, I can feel the heartburn already!

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  19. Happy birthday to the (not so little) kiddo! :) These cupcakes are calling my name!

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  20. What a gorgeous treat! I'm sure he was very pleased. I love the generous piping and the studs of choc chips too

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  21. These look so delicious and I am normally not a fan of cookie dough but the thought of it with a cupcake has me sold! I have one question though, does the brown sugar make the frosting gritty?

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  22. Wow, love the magical hearts:) Your cupcakes sound fantastic! I have a chocolate chip cookie (and dough) lover in my family that these would be perfect for! Happy 12th Birthday, Kiddo!

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  23. 12 looks absolutely perfect. I remember it around this home very well. Enjoy every minute before the teens years begin. :)

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  24. WOW. I just might have to make these...soon! So yummy!
    And the kiddo is a cutie. Happy birthday to him!

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  25. Happy Birthday to your little man!! And LOVE these cupcakes... you rock Bridget!!!

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  26. Happy Birthday to the little man! :) Those cupcakes look so good! Thanks for sharing and i'm sure he had an awesome b-day!

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  27. Happy birthday to your Little Man! I hope he had a great one!!!

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  28. That picture with the hearts above the candles is beyond awesome!!.....and you've got me craving these cupcakes again!!

    Great pics Bridget!!!!

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  29. Ben and Jerry's has a cookie dough ice cream I go bananas for every time a pint 'appears' in my freezer. These cupcake may just be 'appearing' on my countertop in the near future - they look amazing!

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  30. I *heart* all things cookie dough, so this recipe is right up my alley!! Love it! Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  31. Delish!! These Cupcakes Look Amazing! Perfect Treat For Our Cookie Dough Loving Family! Never Seen This Recipe... Thanks.

    Sure Fit Slipcovers

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  32. Oh darn...I made this with a chocolate cake and they were good. I couldn't imagine with a chocolate chip cake and brown sugar frosting. I'll have to try that next time, thanks :)

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  33. Will you adopt me and bake cupcakes for my birthday? Pretty please? Those cupcakes are fantastic and the hearts from the flames are just adorable. I love when that kind of thing spontaneously happens.

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  34. These look sooo yummy! Can't wait to try.

    Happy birthday to the little one (I hope 12 is still little, mine just turned four, I dont even want to think about 12 yet!)

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  35. No doubt the birthday celebration was wonderfully delicious with these *bad boys*.
    I love the little hearts that came out in the picture and the smile on kiddos face in the background is priceless.
    All the best to him as he enjoys his final year as a pre-teen. WOW!

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  36. Lucky kid! He got a very talented Mom to bake him with amazing recipe like this on his birthday. I am pretty sure your kid enjoyed the sweet treat for him.

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  37. What a handsome (and lucky!) kiddo you have - happy birthday to him!

    (I'm trying my best not to think about those cupcakes...they would definitely DESTROY my journey to a smaller dress size!)

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  38. omg, those have just moved to the #1 spot on my to bake list

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  39. Beautiful job on these...they look amazing. I love the flavor choice. :)

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  40. These look AMAZING...love love love the heart photo most of all!!

    i miss you, friend

    xoxo

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  41. These look AMAZING...love love love the heart photo most of all!!

    i miss you, friend

    xoxo

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  42. These look awesome! And umm, yeah, no need to calculate WW points... ;)

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  43. I love how you put comments on the photos. Is there a particular program you use?

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  44. Happy Birthday kiddo. Boys are the best, I have two! Not a cookies dough fan (shocking I know!)but I am a fan of this blog and enjoy reading about anything you do. Hugs.

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  45. Wow! I'm so excited to try these...I have tried several different cookie dough cupcake recipes, but have had little luck. :( The majority have turned out greasy, but these look perfect! Thanks!

    And happy belated birthday to little man!

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  46. Delish looking cupcakes, but I think my favorite in this post is the picture of your son!

    What a great photograph!

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  47. Those cupcakes would be my kryptonite! Wow those look so amazing! I bet they taste even better too!

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  48. I love the photo of your son!!! These cupcakes look amazing, we were definitely on the same wavelength!

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  49. Seriously, where has that cupcake been my whole life?! I must have them NOW!

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  50. my goodness!! These look out of control (in the most amazing way possible).

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  51. Yeah, these are a favorite, and are going to be baked ASAP!

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  52. Beautiful cupcake, wonderful frosting! Lucky birthday boy!

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  53. Amazing yummy looking cupcakes! your kiddo is so cute, happy Birthday to him!

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  54. these look insanely good! Can't wait to try them!

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  55. These look delicious! I agree with the others - the frosting sounds like it could be a dessert all on it's own.

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  56. 12 looks just perfect over there - as do these CCCDC's. Gorgeous, sinful & fabulous! Happy B'day to your boy :)

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  57. I have been following your site for quite a while now and I just love it! These cupcakes look amazing! Thanks for all of your inspiration!!
    (onecakeaweek@blogspot.com)

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  58. OMG, I want to make these now and eat them all for breakfast! I love cookie dough better than the baked cookie!

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  59. I made chocolate chip cookie dough cupcakes once, but they didn't turn out nearly as good as yours! I'm sure the little 12 year old was quite pleased!

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  60. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE those flared Nostrils on KIDDO!
    KIDDO means BUSINESS!
    Those were some SERIOUS cupcakes for that DUDE!
    LOVE the look on his face coming into those candle lit CUPCAKES!
    I know the two of you are a PAIR to be reckoned with!
    Those cupcakes are PERFECTION!
    Magic!
    And of course YOUR CUPCAKES would have little HEARTS twinkling~glowing!
    Your MAGIC like that my dear!
    Bridget + CUPCAKES + KIDDO = MAGIC!!!!!!!!
    Hugs to Kiddo!
    Happy 12 years!
    I know his birthday was SENSATIONAL!
    xo

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  61. Oh my goodness! I must make these immediately!! Thanks for sharing :)

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  62. Happy Birthday to your sweetie!

    The cupcakes are to die for!

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  63. these cupcakes look incredible! i made chocolate peanut butter filled cupcakes this weekend and they were great but these are over the top!

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  64. Would make me one happy birthday boy too...well, except I'm a girl, but you know what I mean!

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  65. This is so perfect! I want this so badly in my table. LOL. I can't wait to try this and I am heading to the market to buy all of those ingredients. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  66. This is so perfect! I really love to make this one and know what it really taste but I am sure that it taste yummy.

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  67. The hearts on the cupcake pictures are amazing! I immediately wondered how you did that because they are so cool! What a great picture and yummy looking cupcakes!

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  68. I am going to share these on my five fav friday this week!

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  69. Quick question... I did this recipe and the cake was kind of dry... did yours do this? If so, how did you fix it?

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  70. The cupcake looks so awesome. I like the colors that you used and it is also looks so appetizing.

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  71. You combined two of my favorite things! I'm in live and I'm
    So going to make these.

    I'd be honored if you stopped by today and added your recipe to Sweet Tooth Friday. www.alli-n-son.com

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  72. These were inspiring........ family loved them. Thanks for sharing!

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  73. As always, your cupcakes look devine! I enjoyed seeing kiddo at 12 (fruit punch moustache and all). What a fun age!

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  74. I can't wait to make these! Can I ask why you altered the frosting recipe? I noticed the original calls for flour to be added at the end, that seems strange! Do you prefer the flourless version?

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  75. I just made these tonight and they are totally AMAZING! Thank you Bridget and thank you Tidy Mom!

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  76. Oh my goodness, these look so good! Such a good idea!

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  77. They look amazing. You don't get enough cookie dough items in the UK for my liking!

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  78. These looks absolutely amazing! I cannot wait to make them and see if I can't make them look just as amazing!! :)

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  79. These look wonderful! I can't wait to give them a try. My friend Jamie told me about this great site. Love it!
    ~ Erin from The Sisters Cafe

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  80. I made these cupcakes (minus the cookie dough in the middle) for a friend's bridal shower. She loves chocolate chip cookies, and I've been looking for excuses to make cupcakes, sooo... :) They were absolutely delicious, and my friends all thought I had bought them at a bakery (thanks in part to some cute boxes from the Container Store). Thanks for posting!

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  81. I made these recently and holy moly they are ah-mazing!! My frosting was runny so I kept the cupcakes in the fridge and they were to die for!!

    I'm featuring the cupcakes on my blog soon and linking back to you! These must be shared with the world. YUM!

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  82. Your cupcakes looks really gorgeous! You really captured the heart-like flames! Cool! BTW is he your son? He looks cute :)

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  83. I made these this weekend and they look just like the picture! I followed the recipe exactly as written and the cupcakes are awesome. They're a new family favorite. Thanks so much for posting!

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  84. What can I say, I am addicted to your blog.

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  85. I made these recently and I was so disappointed with the reactions of my friends - they were "too rich"!!! Does that phrase even exist? I thought they were delicious :)

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  86. Hi there, just found this post and I'm dying to try the frosting! One question....how much is each 'stick of butter'? are you talking a cup or 1/2 cup each stick?
    Laura @ peachy_keen22@hotmail.com

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  87. Adding this to my Pinterest Sweets board now!!

    Oh and if you want to know, those candle reflections are caused by the filter you must be using on your DSLR. I have the same thing happen in this type of photography situation. In this case it looks cool, but sometimes the reflection ends up on the subjects face and ruins the picture. If you want to avoid it, just remove the filter from your lens in those situations.

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  88. Just printed this off and going to make them at 11 at night :)
    Thanks for sharing this recipe, looks unbelievable-can't wait!

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  89. Why did you omit flour in your frosting? What difference did it make?

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    1. Glenda...I just thought it might be better without it...but I never tried with WITH the flour, so I can't compare. :)

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  90. Something is wrong with my frosting. It is granular from the brown sugar. How did everyone else who made these get away with the icing not being granular?????

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  91. My frosting was granular, too. And incredibly thin. I put more powdered sugar in, but it never got thick enough. Very, very rich recipe, but yummy, too! I'll have to find a recipe with less sugar for my son's birthday party, though.....I can't imagine feeding this to lots of 4 year olds...lol!

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  92. I really enjoy your blog! Thank you for telling about the chocolate, I love it. I always want to try to cook it myself, but I never have time for this. Now, when I bought the rice cooker, I hope I can. As noted by cooker.guru the rice cooker can make different type of rice and choose what of this types would be better. I think the device just created for creative woman.

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  93. unfortunately, the link now says: "Sorry, the file you have requested has been deleted.

    Make sure that you have the correct URL and the owner of the file hasn't deleted it."

    WOULD LOVE TO INDULGE .... CAN YOU PLEASE RE-POST THE RECIPE

    THANKS BUNCHES

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    1. Hey Marlene! Thanks for the alert!!! The link has been updated. ENJOY!

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