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White Chocolate Cupcakes with Cookie Dough Frosting

Recipe updated May 31st 2012 Please see recipe πŸ™‚

Ok, these cupcakes are kinda to die for. I developed a soft sweet white chocolate cupcake with a egg free cookie dough frosting that is perfect with a mini chocolate chip cookie on top.

Grab the kids and treat yourself to one of my new favorite cupcakes. I absolutely LOVE these liners by Reynolds. I find them at my grocery store, but just in case, here’s a link for ya!

Hope you enjoy!

Forgive my lack of step by step photos for this recipe. Lucky for you, it’s practically a one bowl cupcake, so no worries!


Be sure to pick up some mini chocolate chip cookies and mini chocolate chips from your grocery store to garnish your cupcakes. I used these adorable swirl chips that my father-in-law sent me from a Sprouts in Mesa, AZ, however you can use any mini chocolate chip πŸ™‚


White Chocolate Cupcakes with Cookie Dough Frosting

Update as of May 31st 2012. Since I got a handful of emails saying the cupcake did not work for some I re-did the recipe and it worked just fine again for me. I also tried reducing the sugar to 1/2 cup and that worked fine as well. Please make sure you do NOT use an electric mixer. Just stir by hand and only until just combined. Be sure to only fill your cupcake liners 3/4 full and be sure to cook until golden. If you don’t bake long enough centers will fall.

1 cup all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup granulated sugar (you can reduce to 1/2 cup sugar as well see note above)

1 cup white chocolate chips

2 eggs

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


8 tablespoons (1 stick) softened unsalted butter

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup all purpose flour

1-2 tablespoons milk if needed to thin out dough

mini chocolate chips

mini chocolate chip cookies for garnish

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line 12 cupcake cups with paper liners.

2. In a large bowl, add the flour, salt, baking soda and sugar. Stir to combine.

3. Place white chips into a medium ramekin and microwave until melted and smooth, about 60 seconds.

4. Add eggs, sour cream, oil, vanilla and melted chocolate to dry ingredients, stirring until combined. Fill liners 3/4 full with cupcake batter and bake for 15-18 minutes or until baked through. Let cool completely.

5. To prepare frosting, place butter, sugars into a stand mixer, beat for 3 minutes, until light and fluffy. Add vanilla, flour and saltΒ  to mixer. Beat until well combined. Add milk to thin out frosting if desired. Frost over cool cupcakes, sprinkle with mini chips and a mini chocolate chip cookie.

Makes 12 cupcakes


Have a great day! Come back soon πŸ™‚




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  1. 1

    Oh I LOVE cookie dough anything…I mean, who doesn’t? It’s even my favorite ice cream flavor. I know you hit a home run with these….I can’t wait to try them!! Oh my…I won’t be able to get them out of my head!

  2. 2

    OMG these look incredible! I love cupcakes and chocolate chip cookies, so what a perfect combination! Those mini chocolate chips are such a great touch!

  3. 3
  4. 4
    Kathryn says:

    I love those mini chocolate chips on top! So adorable. In fact, this whole cupcake is just too cute!

  5. 5

    I’d probably eat the frosting by the spoonful before it made its way onto the cupcakes!

  6. 6
  7. 7

    The title itself has so many words I love… πŸ™‚

  8. 8

    You always make the best goodies!!! I’ll have to make these for the kiddo, well, and myself! πŸ˜‰ Love your red cake stand!

  9. 9

    These look to dies for. And that frosting? Be still my heart. I could forgo the cupcake in lieu of a bowl of frosting!!!

  10. 10

    Those look so yummy! I love the cupcake liners!

  11. 11

    Yummy! We were both thinking cookie cupcakes today!!

  12. 12

    These are beautiful!! Love this idea!

  13. 13
    TidyMom says:

    you had me at cookie dough Jenny! this look fabulous!

  14. 14
    Lauren says:

    I think I just passed out for a second there…

  15. 15

    I love this flavor combo!! Send a dozen (or two) over!!

  16. 16
    Jennifer says:

    That frosting sounds great! I might have to make these for our Memorial Day BBQ!

  17. 17
    katie says:

    Mmmm white chocolate cupcakes. I must make stat!

  18. 18

    I can’t get over that frosting!!!

  19. 19

    I’m on a white chocolate kick right now so these look divine. Love the mini cookie on top too!

  20. 20
    Helene says:

    You got me at the cookie dough frosting. Oh my I would love one right now πŸ™‚

  21. 21
    Liza says:

    you are a genius!!! dh loves cookie dough, I definitely need to make this frosting

  22. 22
    Karly says:

    My husband loooooooves white chocolate. He will be a fan of these, for sure!

  23. 23
    Amanda says:

    Oh my gosh, your white chocolate cupcakes sound like a dream! And I bet that little bit of sweetened condensed milk sends the frosting over the top! These look amazing!! πŸ™‚

  24. 24
    Jennifer says:

    I wish I could eat these now. Like Right. Now. Yummy! I haven’t seen those tiny white and milk chocolate chips in a long time. Now I feel I should go on the hunt for them just so I can make these cupcakes!

  25. 25

    love love these! Hope you had a great weekend!

  26. 26
    Stephanie says:

    Looking good!

  27. 27
    Maria says:

    Love these! And I love that cake stand! SO fun!

  28. 28
    Alyssa says:

    This look so cute & sound delicious!

  29. 29

    Yes, yes and yes. Cookie dough frosting, I’m there!

  30. 30

    OH my goodness. This is pretty much my perfect cupcake. Bookmarked faster than you can say “More, please!”

  31. 31
    Robyn says:

    Is it wrong that the first thing I thought was to double the frosting so that I can eat half?

  32. 32
    Cassie says:

    Oh my goodness, I would eat the whole bowl of frosting before it made it to the cupcakes. Love this, Jenny!

  33. 33

    You always make the best looking desserts, Jenny! These cupcakes are no exception… they look decadent and absolutely delish! Thanks for sharing. Also, I’m having a ChicWrap giveaway today that you should enter!

  34. 34
    Lynna H. says:

    Oh my, these are incredible!

  35. 35

    Gorgeous liners! And these cupcakes are out of this world! I’m a sucker for white chocolate so these babies are just screaming my name.

  36. 36

    Amazing photos. these cupcakes look like they are too die for. I’d love to have a bite.. ooh.. love how you used oil in your cupcakes.. they make em so moist.

  37. 37
    Erika says:

    These look AWESOME! How would you suggest to store them… that is if any are left πŸ˜‰

  38. 38

    I don’t want to detract from the gorgeous cupcakes, but that cake stand is fantastic!! I’m feeling kind of jealous right now!

  39. 39
    Renee says:

    Brilliant. Cookie dough is my kryptonite.

  40. 40
    Francesca says:

    Lovely cupcakes, recipe and photos – please can I ask where you got the cute mini chocolate chips from? Thank you.

    • 40.1
      Jenny says:

      Hi Francesca, my father in law sent them to me from AZ from Sprouts grocery. I know Nestle sells a regular size swirl chip.

  41. 41

    You had me at cookie dough frosting!

  42. 42

    I made brownie cupcakes this weekend and frosted them with cookie dough frosting. πŸ™‚ A bit different than your recipe, but still delicious! I love the way you decorated yours Jenny. Those little chocolate chip cookies are too cute!

  43. 43

    So visually-pleasing! I LOVE that you used CHOCOLATE!!!!!!! πŸ˜€

  44. 44
    Sheena says:

    Gorgeous! I’d like to know the brand of chocolate chips too! Will try to buy online, as I’m in Australia. πŸ™‚

    • 44.1
      Jenny says:

      Hi Sheena, my father in law sent them to me from Sprouts grocery in Mesa, AZ. They sold them in those large bins so I am not sure of the brand. I know Nestle makes a regular size swirl chip. Hope this helps!

  45. 45

    Ohmygod. So many recipes of yours that I want to try. I can’t keep up! White chocolate and cookie dough…genius!

  46. 46
    Kim says:

    Those cupcakes are just gorgeous and so are the photos! Great compositiion! I love your swirled mini chips, who makes then? I don’t know if this interest you or not, but if you use Maran eggs there is little to no risk for salmonella because their darkly pigmented eggs are significantly smaller than other breeds and therefore Marans eggs are less susceptible to salmonella and stay fresher longer. They are highly prized in French cooking, being thought to have superior taste. I raise backyard chickens, but I believe you can find maran eggs in whole foods etc. Just thought you might be interested in this info. Have a good one, love your site;)

  47. 47
    Kim says:

    Oops, I meant to say that the pores of the Maran eggs are significantly smaller than other breeds, not the eggs, they are basically large eggs lol

  48. 48
    Tamira says:

    Im about to make these for my son and my husband. Hopefully they enjoy them πŸ™‚

  49. 49
    marla says:

    Cookie dough frosting is calling to me. Loudly! Love it girl. Yes on get together soon. Will be in Telluride this weekend. After that….xo

  50. 50

    Those look incredibllllleeeee! & I love those Reynolds liners too! Can’t go wrong with damask πŸ™‚

  51. 51
    Tamira says:

    Ok i just made these but I doubled the recipe and they didnt not cook at all. The over flowed all over and then when i checked to see if it was done the middles sunk. I dont understand where I went wrong. I dont think I did. anyone else have this happen?

  52. 52
    Tamira says:

    I made these earlier today and they did not cook well. They over flowed and sunk in the middle cause they didnt cook in the middle at all. I made them exactly as the recipes says but have no clue what went wrong. anyone else have this problem?

    • 52.1
      Beth says:

      Yes! I made them for a party we are going to tomorrow! Just came back on the site to see if anything was posted about the recipe being incorrect. My cupcakes did the same thing. I tried twice because I thought I must have done something wrong with the first batch! So disappointing. πŸ™

  53. 53
    Ruth says:

    this looks amazing!!! but is there anything i can replace the condensed milk with?

  54. 54
    Chels R. says:

    Oh these look amazing!!!! I’m so drooling!

  55. 55
    Becca says:

    As a huge cookie dough fan, these look wonderful! I just found your site today, and I was wondering if you could give me some tips about your success. My mom is starting a food blog called and I would love to share your tips with her. Thanks!

  56. 56

    These look amazing! The swirl chocolate chips really add to the cute factor! And really, anything with cookie dough is delicious!

  57. 57
    Sabrina says:

    I absolutely adore your blog! I admire the success you have found in doing what you love! These cupcakes look amazing, definitely going to have to try them out. I recently started up a food/baking blog and you are by far my biggest inspiration!

    Where do you get these adorable dessert trays? I love this one πŸ™‚

  58. 58

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  59. 59
    Erin says:

    White chocolate and cookie dough together?? This is up there with peanut butter and chocolate.

  60. 60
    Joelle says:

    I actually tried this cake recipe but something weird happened. Im not sure what you did differently but my cakes completely sunk in and the sides burned. I baked them on 350 but i was making minis so maybe that was the problem. I suppose its also possible that the melted chocolate was too much for the rest of the batter. Well, i liked the idea!

  61. 61
    ATM says:

    These turned out bad for me too. I had the same problem that everyone else is posting…they overflowed and sunk in the middle.

  62. 62
    Karen says:

    These definitely caught my eye (and palate)! I tried making them and encountered a couple of problems. First, during baking, the batter completely overflowed and the outer parts of the cupcake got crispy and the center collapsed and was undone. I don’t know what could have gone wrong. I used fresh ingredients, followed the recipe exactly…any thoughts? Next, the frosting was too gritty. The brown sugar had not “dissolved” at all. I used lightly packed brown sugar…Suggestions? I really want to do this again!

  63. 63
    Allison says:

    I tried making this delicious-sounding recipe last night and I got some explosive results. As in, the base of the cupcake basically exploded in the middle, leaving me with cupcake bowls. I’m a fairly experienced cupcake-baker, so not sure what went wrong. Any ideas? I’m using an electric oven.

  64. 64

    Dear goodness. I would like to make these immediately, but I must wait for a “special occasion” so that they don’t sit in my house beckoning me until I devour them all!

  65. 65

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  66. 66
    Samantha B says:

    Sort of bummed. Mine didn’t turn out at all. What was the batter like when you made them? Mine was all thick and dense not like usual cupcake batter. I am also baking at High Altitude…so I don’t know if that makes a difference in your recipes. They look amazing on here and they smell great in the oven but the batter is just exploding out of the pan and the liners are now only like 1/4 full. πŸ™

  67. 67
    Nakoal says:

    This is my first reply, but I have been an avid visitor for about a year. I love your creations. This frosting was to die for! Unfortunately using the revised recipe and tips, my cupcakes still fell, golden brown tops and all. Still tasted good, and I just piled extra frosting on so nobody noticed. Thanks for another great dessert. Not sure where I went wrong?

  68. 68
    Wendy says:

    There is something wrong with this recipe. I have tried this twice…making large quantities each time so I’ve spent a lot of money on these…. and they are just not turning out at all. I have followed your instructions exactly…
    Even the updated sugar amount but they are puffing up while cooking and then falling. Very disappointing! Are you sure it’s baking soda and not baking powder?

  69. 69
    Mindy says:

    These look DIVINE!! Can’t wait to try them this weekend!!

  70. 70
    Melanie says:

    I agree with Wendy. While they cooked fine and were clean toothpick done, they fell as soon as I took them out. I think there needs to be a smudge more flour, and baking powder not soda. Baking soda makes things spread, and baking powder makes things rise. At the very least it should be half and half

  71. 71
    Melanie says:

    Ok, I tried making these again after my first batch turned into tough little bowls. I exchanged the soda for powder added a half cup of flour and used butter not oil. I was left with some lovely cupcakes that puffed and browned and were delicious. I think one could ADD the powder and leave the soda for a lighter cupcake as my were more dense than fluffy. Hope this helps.

  72. 72
    Brooke says:

    Making these right now. Does the white chocolate get hard on anyone else? I have little chunks of formerly melted chocolate chips that have turned into lumps in the mixture. πŸ™

  73. 73

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  74. 74
    Lindsay says:

    I made these yesterday and they collapsed πŸ™ I am an avid baker and this has never happened to me before. I used cake flour and had to add a splash of water to the melted white chocolate chips because they hardened up. Or maybe I mixed too much? Not sure what caused it but they still tasted yummy!

  75. 75

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  76. 76
    Julie says:

    Made these for my 7 year old’s birthday party and they were a hit – the girls all loved everything about them. I sent some home and the parents loved them too. They look fantastic and I would recommend them for a party for sure!!

    Found the foil-lined-color-stay papers at Walmart. Followed the instructions as to not over-mix. Filled them 2/3 full (3/4 full did not work with my brain and they spilled over). Sprouts has the chocolate swirl chips in the bulk section. Mini cookies from “Mother’s” Cookies were the only ones I could find easily.

    Overall great recipe and I would definitely recommend it.

  77. 77
    Wendy A. says:

    Finally got a chance to make followed the instructions, but they fell:( wonder if it’s because the melted chocolate was still warm?

  78. 78
    Becca says:

    The cupcakes turned out well. I enjoyed them very much. Definitely could only eat one because they were so rich and delicious! Thank you for the recipe. It was great to try something different!

  79. 79
    Linda says:

    These look beautiful, but did not turn out well for me. I did not particularly care for the flavor of the cake part, and they all caved-in in the middle while baking. The frosting did indeed taste like cookie dough, but it was so thick that it was very difficult to pipe onto the cake. Maybe I did something wrong, but I followed the recipe exactly. Thanks for the idea for the cute liners – I found them at Walmart in the section with the plastic wrap (not the baking section) and also found some other cute ones at Target.

  80. 80
    Nicole says:

    Recipe was PERFECT! I used half a cup of sugar for the frosting and crumbled up four mini chocolate chip cookies into the frosting. Only problem was getting the frosting out of the tip of the frosting bag (due to cookie chunks). Not super sweet and just right πŸ™‚

  81. 81
    Vicki says:

    What about the uncooked flour? Is nobody worried about the Salmonella risk? I’m thinking about replacing the flour with ground almonds….

    Here’s a link to a raw cookie dough Salmonella risk article by the NYtimes blogs, if you don’t believe me:

  82. 82
    Tonya says:

    So sad! These cupcakes looked so good, the batter was deish. But the recipe needs to be tweaked. The post said the recipe was revised so I followed it to the T. Hand mixing and all.They started to overflow after 10 minutes in the oven before they were even set, leaving an indention in the center before they even got to the golden brown point. have never hada recip not turn out for me. So sad!

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    Lyss says:

    I’d already made the frosting to put on sugar cookies before, the frosting is great! When I made the cupcakes I helplessly watched as my cupcakes came over the edges and dripped onto the bottom of the oven. The centers also fell in. When I pulled it out, they tasted good, but there wasn’t anything I could do with them, and I wasn’t sure if they were safe to eat, so I had to throw everything out. I ended up putting the frosting on sugar cookies again.

  86. 86

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    Natalie Mann says:

    I attempted these cupcakes and the cupcakes kept collapsing and not even cooking all the way. Any suggestions??

  90. 90
    shelby says:

    I’ve made these several times before. Howe vet in the last year I’ve made them all 4 different times they come out with the cup cakes fallen in flat. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong. I followed it to the T. Any suggestions? I am mixing by hand as well.

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