Let’s call this exhibit A.

Yes, I do realize that in all likelihood these are too cute to testify in a court of law.

But desperate times call for desperate measures.  And these babies hold the key to many unanswered questions.

Picnik collage

For instance.  When the DA asks, “Joanne, what did you do the night before your boards exam?”

Or, “Joanne, why are you stumbling around as if in some sort of hyperglycemic coma?”

Or, “Joanne, against all odds, could you and your brother actually come from the same gene pool?”


I won’t even need to speak.  I’ll just turn. And point. And turn a lovely shade of fuchsia.

And then, when he’s not looking, I’ll shove a cupcake in his mouth.

Am I averse to playing dirty?  Cheating the system?  Absolutely not.

Especially if chocolate chip cookie dough stuffed cupcakes are involved.

Amen to that.

(And while we’re at it…amen to the fact that San Francisco has such ideal running weather.  7 miles of Berkeley yesterday and these cupcakes are but a haze of a memory on my thighs. Love that.  Especially since they need to make room for Tartine and Bi-Rite and Humphry Slocombe.  Sigh. I think I need to go for another run.  Or twenty.)


So, yes. I finally got my brother to request something other than vanilla-flavored boringness for his birthday.

Whether I had to brainwash him in order to do it…yet to be determined. I plead the fifth.  You heard nothing.  Got it?

And so the night before the boards I did in fact find myself in my kitchen, baking cupcakes. It was actually ideal timing because I needed something to distract me and I felt too nauseous to sneak massive amounts of cake batter samples from the mixing bowl.

End result?  Amazing.  This is basically every craving you’ve ever had in one cupcake.  While the cupcake itself is a pretty standard chocolate chip cupcake, the cookie dough batter is spot on.  And the frosting?  Swoon.  The flour added to it gives it the texture of cookie dough and the hint of salt definitely adds a little something something. If you catch my drift.

And sure, maybe someday they’ll be used against you in a court of law.  But let’s be honest.  They’re not really going to last that long.


Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes
Makes 24, adapted from Annie’s Eats

For the Cupcakes:
3 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar, packed
4 eggs
2 2/3 cup AP flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup almond milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips (semisweet or bittersweet)

For the Filling
4 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
6 tbsp light brown sugar, packed
1 cup plus 2 tbsp AP flour
7 oz sweetened condensed milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips

For the Frosting
3 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
3 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
1 cup AP flour
3/4 tsp salt
3 tbsp almond milk
2 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350.  Line two cupcake pans with paper liners.  In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter and brown sugar.  Beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Mix in the eggs, one at a time, beating well and scraping down the sides after each addition.

2. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.  Stir together to blend.  Add the dry ingredients to the butter/sugar mix on low speed, alternating with the milk, so that you start and end with the dry goods.  Mix only until just incorporated.  Mix in the vanilla.  Fold in the chocolate chips with a spatula.

3. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared cupcake liners.  Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  All to cool in the pan for 5 minutes and then place on a cooling rack. Let cool completely.

4. To make the cookie dough filling, combine the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl and cream on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Beat in the flour, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla until incorporated and smooth.  Stir in the mini chocolate chips.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until mixture has firmed up, about an hour.  Or you can leave it in the fridge overnight (what I did).

5. To fill the cupcakes, cut a cone-shaped hole in the center of each of them.  Eat Taste test those cone-shaped centers.  Fill each hole with a chunk of the cookie dough mixture.

6. To make the frosting, beat together the butter and brown sugar on medium-high until creamy.  Mix in the confectioner’s sugar until smooth.  Beat in the flour and salt.  Mix in the milk and vanilla extract until smooth and well-blended.

7. Frost the filled cupcakes as desired and sprinkle with mini chocolate chips!


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103 Responses to Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

  1. Beth says:

    These really do look swoon-worthy. What beautiful cupcakes!

  2. Cupcakes with filling and frosting are DEFINITELY the way to go if you’re going to make cupcakes. When you’re going to indulge, gotta go BIG! Love it! Glad to hear you are enjoying SF, Joanne! 🙂

  3. Thank you to your brother! Cookie dough in any form is a favorite of mine and these look fabulous! Have a great weekend!

  4. Brenda says:

    I’ve been dying to make these, they look soooo good! Gorgeous!

  5. Pam says:

    Cooking under stress, it’s your finest moment.

  6. The choc chips managed to infiltrate every layer, very sneaky. Innovations like this and others like cake pops are dangerous. Its like whisky with 80% alcohol. You are talking about legal stuff – your readers could be considered accomplices

  7. Simply Life says:

    wow! these look amazing! good luck on the boards!

  8. Kim says:

    Okay, I should totally make these for my daughter’s last day of school next week! She’s a cookie dough freak. Not to mention those mini chocolate chips on top are way too cute!

  9. Barbara says:

    Ummmmmm…..did I just see sweetened condensed milk in there with the chocolate chips? Certainly I MUST have mis-read that. Well, I guess if you’re going to go whole hog on a cupcake, it ought to be before your Boards! Good Luck!

  10. sofia says:

    you should host a frosting how-to for aspiring cupcake bakers. you’ve got mad skillz.

  11. Megan says:

    I made these too but without flour in the frosting. I remember eating the frosting and thinking it tasted just like cookie dough before you add the dry ingredients. Love these. Yours look beautiful!

  12. did you really have to go and do that. i mean, you know I am obsessed with chocolate chip cookies and then you go and make them into a cupcake. It is evil and yet I thank you so much:)

  13. jenna laughs says:

    I love that you said the hint of salt adds a little something – you are speaking my language. I am a salty/sweet lover. These cupcakes are beautiful!

  14. Shannon says:

    These look addictive. I love cookie dough. Glad the bro let you be adventurous with his birthday treat.

  15. Shannon says:

    these look amazing!! and i’d love one 🙂

  16. Joanne says:

    Oh please, hook up a magical usb cable and send me one of these to have with my morning coffee! I’m waiting …

  17. Cupcakes don’t get much better than having cookie dough stuffed into them! Your photos look amazing and I’d like to grab a cupcake (or 5) from the computer.

  18. Adrienne says:

    Mmmmm…yes please! Any time a cupcake is stuffed with something even more delicious and sugary I am totally on board 😀

  19. BigAppleNosh says:

    Yummmm I just want to pluck one out of the photos!

  20. brandi says:

    pretty sure my heart just skipped a beat.

    Happy Friday! 🙂

  21. Nelly says:

    Dear GODS, Joanne. Every time I promise myself I’m going to finally cut all the crap once and for all and actually eat clean and love it for the rest of my life, you go and post something like this. DAMNIT, woman!

    (it’s ok, I’ll forgive you. Once I make these, ready the whole batch and get over the subsequent stomachache, that is :P)

  22. Nelly says:

    Stupid phone. That’s supposed to be *eat* the whole batch.

  23. I bet everyone is crazy about this cupcake. It looks so delightfully fun to make as well.

  24. vanillasugar says:

    vanilla-flavored boringness. gee that sounds just like my hubby.
    now i know why you do not watch tv; you are a stand up comic….right?

  25. Judy says:

    These cupcakes look amazing and I am dying to make them! Soon.

  26. Eden says:

    I’m so sad you are in SF and cant just swing by LA so I can finally say I’ve me the one and only Joanne! And you better bring one of these exhibits!

  27. Amazing! This would make my daughter’s day. I really have the urge to just poke my finger and grab some frosting, it looks so good.

  28. Amy says:

    Oh my goodness. After you become a doctor, can you then go to law school? Because all this hard core studying and anxiety is producing some amazingly good eats. You’ve already got the lingo down. And you can handle another 4 years…

  29. Natalie says:

    Ohhhh you made THOSE. I’ve made those, too. They’re life-changing.

    Hope you enjoyed your trip to the Bay Area!

  30. Nina says:

    Whoa. These might be too dangerous for me to make…can’t imagine a more perfect filling! Gorgeous photos, Joanne. Happy Friday!

  31. sweetlife says:

    thanks to your brother!! this friday could use something sweet!! loving the pics


  32. Faith says:

    Oh wow, do I need to make these! Chocolate chip cookie dough is my #1 weakness…but worth every second of guilty pleasure! 😉 Happy birthday to your brother, Joanne!

  33. daphne says:

    oh those cupcakes make the running all worth it girl!!!! the frosting, choc chip dough what not to love?

  34. Veronica says:

    I think I may have to kiss your feet. Wonderful creation!

  35. Anonymous says:

    I have been doing a lot of eating under stress so these wouldn’t last long at my house.

    p.s. having trouble commenting so this is my way around it.

  36. Deborah says:

    You are cruel – I just got back from a run and was feeling all healthy, and then I saw these. I want one!!

  37. Miriam says:

    What can I say? I am a hopeless sweet tooth :), enjoy your weekend! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  38. Catherine says:

    Dear Joanne, I love these cupcakes! I just made coffee and would love one! Have a wonderful safe and blessed weekend. Catherine xo

  39. Chris says:

    6 and 1/2 sticks of butter? No wonder people like cupcakes, I might have to try making some!

    Gorgeous photos too!

  40. Swathi says:

    These are wonderful chocolate chip dough cupcakes. I am not baking much nowadays, i have to start, I am lazy now.

  41. Joanne, these look A-mazing! Do you ship cupcakes to Boston, by chance? Please? 🙂

  42. aipi says:

    Can I come by your place to eat it, love the recipe 🙂
    US Masala

  43. Maria says:

    These look so scrumptious, have a great weekend Joanne!

  44. Wow. Those are outrageous, Joanne. 🙂 Pure naughty goodness and so cute. 🙂 You’re such a nice sister. 🙂

  45. You have one lucky brother! Very swoon-worthy cuppies indeed. ?

  46. 6 1/2 sticks of butter. These HAVE to be good.

  47. kankana says:

    Ok Joanne .. you convinced me I am gonna try this cup cake for sure 🙂 My brother still doubts that I cook all these dishes that are sowing in my blog.. he is in India and I am here and he wants to do a test when I visit him … huh brothers !! 😛
    didn’t know you stay in bay area .. same pinch 🙂

  48. WOW! YUM! My daughter will be THRILLED when I say we are making these to bring to a Memorial Day barbecue. Thanks for this super awesome recipe and thank you to your brother for not requesting vanilla this time.

  49. Hannah says:

    I see that yet again, we are on exactly the same wavelength. Seriously crazy coincidence! We could totally get together and have a cookie dough party.

  50. Mary says:

    I certainly would find them distracting. They look delicious. I hope the exams went well. Have a great weekend. Blessings…Mary

  51. That Girl says:

    Can we still be friends if I let you in on my secret? I actually don’t like cookie dough. I prefer it in the cooked form.

  52. Anonymous says:

    Yep… these babies would make me swoon. Beautiful!

    Still can’t comment – UGH! Enjoy your trip!

    For the Love of Cooking

  53. Tammy says:

    Wow, wow, wow!!! All I can say is – fabulous! These look amazing! I will definitely try this and hopefully very soon!

    The mahimahi from your previous post looks mouthwatering! 🙂

  54. Ahhhh those look so good!! I’m bookmarking this recipe 🙂

  55. SnoWhite says:

    yummy! wish I had a plate of these to take to our dinner this weekend!

  56. Julie says:

    Oh my, I might run 7 miles for these! Yum 🙂

  57. At my age, it would probably take 14 miles but they do look wonderful! I hope they brought you the best of luck with your boards!

  58. Lynn says:

    Wow. These sound amazing. A girl’s gotta stuff herself with cupcakes once in a while. Especially after a 7 mile run. Especially the night before a big exam. Especially on a day ending in “y.”

  59. Your bro is one lucky guy! These are killer cupcakes- what is it that you have bot put in them? GOD save my thighs but I cant help but make these..
    All the best for the run and have a lovely loooong weekend my friend!

  60. What a gorgeous cake! Your photos made them more tempting…

  61. OohLookBel says:

    How could these cutie cupcakes be guilty of anything except utter deliciousness? Case dismissed!

  62. wow Those look so crazily GOOD!

  63. Johanna GGG says:

    these have condensed milk in them!!!! I must have them! I am sure you could use these for all sorts of bribery – esp where exams are concerned – your brother wont regret his decision

  64. Ada says:

    omg if I had to describe my dream cupcake it would probably be that. Wahhh I want one right this second!

    Ooo a 7 mile run in Berkely sounds so fun! My mom actually went to Berkely and talks about how much she loves it there ALL the time. Glad you got to enjoy some Bi Rite ice cream as well, you should eat like three of them a day to celebrate finishing the boards:)

  65. theUngourmet says:

    Best of luck on the boards! These are fantastic cupcakes. I’ve never thought to use cookies dough. Brilliant!

    P.S. You are my cookbook winner!! Yay! Email me your info and I’ll get it out to you…pronto. 😉

  66. Nadji says:

    De merveilleux cupcakes.
    Ils sont magnifiques.
    A très bientôt.

  67. What a treat…Cookie dough filled cupcakes! Cooking can be therapeutic…

  68. Martha (MM) says:

    My boys would love these Joanne! Speaking of my boys, my big boy is performing at Carnegie as I type. Have a great weekend! 🙂

  69. Elizabeth says:

    Hmm… I was thinking about making cookies for a dinner party I’m having next weekend, but these just might persuade me otherwise…

  70. teresa says:

    so delicious! i’m usually not a huge fan of cupcakes, but these look incredible!

  71. I’m not going to lie… these look evil. Pure, delicious evil! And now I know what I’ll be dreaming about tonight. These darn cupcakes

  72. Yes, please, I’d love these for my birthday too! Actually, it’s to long to wait so I’ll have to find some other excuse to make these lovelies. 🙂 I hope you have a great weekend!

  73. marla says:

    Girl, these are very difficult to look at before bed. The perfect cupcakes with all that billowy frosting. Dreamy. xo

  74. Vivienne says:

    the texture of these cupcakes must be amazing!! 🙂 and i love the cupcake wrappers…too cute! think id make this for someone i need to impress!

  75. Good thing these come in small format or I might be tempted to devour the entire batch~

  76. Rain says:

    This is my dream cupcake…all the goodness wrapped in one beautiful cake! You are such a nice sister. Happy birthday to your brother!

  77. Oh those look sooo good. I never understand why anyone would use a boxed mix. Not hard to combine flour with a few ingredients!

  78. Kimberley says:

    Perfect running weather, yes. Hope you’re enjoying the rest of your trip! I heart Humphry Slocombe.

  79. Mmmm…these look amazing! I made a lazy-girl’s version of these awhile back (ummm…packaged cookie dough)…and they were super tasty, but these look stellar!

  80. Amen to that! So pretty and yummy. Really amazing Joanne!

    Camila F.

  81. Mo'Betta says:

    Love. Hope you’re having a great trip!

  82. Reeni says:

    If you dangled these in front of me and took off at a run I would chase you. All 7 miles! Then I would collapse. Please stick one in my mouth when that happens!

  83. Carolyn Jung says:

    Drool. Need I say more? LOL

  84. I wish children had a better appreciation for delicious things like these cupcakes. They are happy with crummy Duncan Hines boxed cake. I would have SOOOO made these for Abby’s birthday!!!!

  85. Karla says:

    Those look amazing!!! 🙂

  86. CH says:

    These pictures are definitely drool-inducing, but your descriptions of the cupcakes are just as high-caliber! Cookie dough stuffed into a cupcake sounds awesome. In fact, anything stuffed into a cupcake sounds kinda awesome…. 🙂

  87. I may have gained 5 pounds just from reading the description of these cupcakes but they look well worth it. 😉

  88. grace says:

    nice. out of all the outstandingness surrounding these cupcakes, the frosting is the most incredible. awesome job, joanne!

  89. Kevin says:

    These cupcakes look and sound so amazingly good!

  90. Julie says:

    So hoping the boards went well. These look delicious. Love cookie dough anything!!!

  91. Aarthi says:

    This looks yummy….you have a lovely blog…I am having a giveaway in my blog..Y dont you check and join that

  92. Nicole, RD says:

    My birthday is July 2nd and I want THOSE.

  93. Stephanie says:

    I made these once and becamse addicted. I made them at least four times that month. Then I forgot about them. Now that you reminded me, this could be very dangerous. But delicious, none the less.

  94. Simply heaven and beyond adorable!

  95. Karly says:

    I saw these at Annie’s Eats and swore I’d make them. Then I forgot. Thanks for the reminder. These cupcakes will be MINE.

  96. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    I need these….now. Please.

  97. Cara says:

    I’ve seen these all over the place but usually with the cookie center baked right in – but this filling idea, it’s right up my alley! (and reminds me that 6 months ago I went an entire holiday season without making the quintessential cookie dough truffles – would it be wrong to make them in June?)

  98. Too cute to testify…LOL. I made an adaptation of a similar recipe recently and I must say I’d rather just get my CC fix in cookie form. That’s not to say they weren’t delicious but I guess I have my preferences. But yours look uber delicious so I bet they tasted better than mine…more reason to visit NYC asap!

  99. I’m still reeling from your chocolate chip cookie dough truffles… now this? I don’t have a job anymore… so that means when I make these I have no place safe to take them where I can be sure i won’t eat them all! I’m gonna get fat. Unemployed and too big to get up off the couch. That’s why you’ll be hauled into court!

  100. Karen says:

    If I didn’t think that I would eat every last one of these, I’d make a batch :O

  101. Well, yours came out far more fashionable than mine did, but that’s not a surprise. My sister Jodi and I made these this past Tuesday while she was here visiting. We were a little concerned that they’d be beyond a sweetness/buttery level we’d like, but the cupcake itself and the frosting settle in well with one another. We got exactly 24 out of the recipe, but had a lot of leftover frosting. I shared with friends, the management office of my building and the owners and staff of the restaurant Michael and I visit regularly. A little goodwill spread all over Hollywood with a couple left for me and Michael (he took some to work too).

    Really fantastic recipe! Everyone enjoyed. Thanks!

  102. Justine says:

    What an amazing idea! I saw a similar thing on tv the other night, but in the end it didn’t work out. This looks fool proof!

    Check out my blog!

  103. Oh man I neeeeeeeed to make these!!

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