Want to turn an ordinary event into a serious celebration? Funfetti Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes make any day more fun. These homemade funfetti cupcakes have a surprise chocolate chip cookie dough filling and a chocolate chip buttercream frosting on top!
Happy New Year!! I can't believe 2018 is officially over... I'm pretty sure it was the fastest year I've ever experienced. I basically blinked and it was suddenly the holiday season again. And then I blinked one more time and it was... January. And here we are.
Hi. I'm not going to do any crazy 2018 recap because, even though the year was a great one for me, I'm ready to jump full-on into 2019. And what better way to do so than with cupcakes?
BUT these aren't just any cupcakes... They're not even just any funfetti cupcakes. They're funfetti chocolate chip cookie doug cupcakes. As in funfetti cupcakes STUFFED with cookie dough and topped with chocolate chip frosting.
Because I really want 2019 to be the best year ever and I think this is really the only way to kick things off. Who's with me??
Components to Funfetti Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes
There are three different components to these funfetti cookie dough cupcakes, but they're all simple to make and should come together very quickly and easily. They are:
- Funfetti Chocolate Chip Cupcakes
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Filling
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Frosting
Of course, you can customize these cupcakes to your taste and and are welcome to leave out the filling or use your own favorite frosting instead.
Or you could just make a batch of the cookie dough filling and simply eat it out of the bowl. I wouldn't blame you.
How to make Funfetti Cupcakes
The first component is obviously the cupcake. It's a homemade funfetti cupcake, which for me, means lots of sweet vanilla flavoring and rainbow sprinkles. But I also wanted to incorporate chocolate chip cookies into the mix, so I added in chocolate chips, too.
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and line a cupcake tin with 12 papers.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, cream together butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
Add eggs in one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix in vanilla extract.
With mixer on low speed, beat in dry ingredients in 3 additions, alternating with the milk. Mix in each addition until just incorporated. Gently fold in chocolate chips and rainbow sprinkles.
Fill cupcake liners about ¾ of the way with batter. Bake cupcakes for 17-20 minutes, until edges are golden and tester comes out clean.
Once the cupcakes are baked and cooled, you'll core the middle. I love using my cupcake corer (affiliate link) because it's so ridiculously easy, but you can also just scoop out a bit from the middle. And then fill that space with chocolate chip cookie dough!!
How to Make Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Filling
The cookie dough filling is also super easy to make. And very very addicting. You can whip this up in about 5 minutes and may have a hard time not grabbing a spoon and eating it right out of the mixing bowl.
It is recommended that you heat your flour before using it in cookie dough as raw flour has the potential to cause foodborne illness (many people think it's the eggs in cookie dough that causes illness, but it's often the raw flour!). To heat flour, simply spread it on a cookie sheet and bake it at 350 degrees for just five minutes.
I actually made a big batch of it and then realized I used less than half of it for the cupcakes, so I cut the recipe in half for you here. Don't worry, you'll still have a little bit leftover to sample.
In the bowl of a mixer or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, cream butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add vanilla and salt and blend until combined.
With mixer on low, slowly add flour to bowl until well combined. Keep mixer on low and add milk in until dough comes together. Mix in mini chocolate chips until just combined.
How to Make Chocolate Chip Cookie Frosting
Lastly, comes the frosting. Chocolate chip cookie frosting. It's just a simple buttercream frosting with lots of vanilla and mini chocolate chips mixed in.
In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, beat butter until creamy. With mixer on low, slowly blend in the confectioner’s sugar, cup by cup until well-combined.
Mix in vanilla and milk, until combined. Stir in mini chocolate chips.
Fill a pastry bag with frosting, fit with pastry tip (I like to use a Wilton 2A) and frost cupcakes. Top with additional sprinkles and mini chocolate chip cookies, if desired.
Don't you love how all those components come together to make glorious funfetti chocolate chip cookie dough cupcakes?
I really do think you should add those mini chocolate chip cookies on top. After all, you need some way to warn your friends and family about what they're about to encounter.
This isn't just a simple funfetti cupcake with some chocolate chips in the frosting. There's a glorious surprise in the middle.
Of course, you don't have to warn them about this. After all, what better surprise is there than a cookie dough surprise??
I'd never be upset if I took a bite of a cupcake and there was a scoop of chocolate chip cookie dough in the middle. The happiest surprise in the world!
As if funfetti isn't fabulous enough, right?
How to Store Cupcakes
Keep cupcakes in an airtight container until you're ready to enjoy them (or if you have leftovers). They should be fine at room temperature for 2 days, but any longer than that and I recommend putting them in the fridge (I often keep mine on a shelf in my cool dry garage).
They'll stay good in the fridge for about 7 days, but might dry out a bit during this time.
Other Party Desserts
These funfetti cookie dough cupcakes are awesome birthday treats, but I have lots of desserts that are appropriate for all sorts of parties or celebrations. Here are some of my favorites:
- Fruity Pebbles Cookies
- Confetti Cupcakes with Champagne Custard
- Lucky Charms Hot Chocolate
- Grapefruit Crinkle Cookies with Campari Icing
- Red Wine Affogato
- Banana Crepes with Nutella
- Chocolate Strawberry Ice Cream Cupcakes
- Red Wine Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
- Bubble Waffle Banana Split Tacos
- Mini Cannoli Cups (from Whitney Bond)
- Sugar Cookie Dough Cupcakes (from Sugar Spices Life)
I'm having a tough time thinking of an event these funfetti cookie dough cupcakes wouldn't be perfect for. Everything from birthday parties to anniversary parties to wedding and baby showers to New Year's Day celebrations.
Even if you're not celebrating anything and just having a super blah day... Make these cupcakes and something tells me your day will suddenly be turned around. At least a little bit.
January and February are definitely the toughest months for many of us. The holidays are over, the weather is super gross, and it's still getting dark sooo early (boo). Cupcakes can make things at least a little bit brighter.
I'll warn you that these cupcakes are sweet... So sweet! But then, you probably knew that considering they're funfetti cupcakes stuffed with chocolate chip cookie dough and topped with chocolate chip frosting.
And sometimes a whole lotta sweetness is exactly what you need.
Happy 2019 to all my lovely readers!! Thank you so much for reading here, making my recipes, and leaving lovely comments. I can't wait to see what the next 365 days brings!
How are you celebrating the new year?
Funfetti Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ Tbsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup whole milk
- ⅓ cup chocolate chips
- ¼ cup rainbow sprinkles, plus more for sprinkling
- 1 batch Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (recipe below)
- 1 batch Chocolate Chip Cookie Frosting (recipe below)
- 12 mini chocolate chip cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
- 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ cup all-purpose flour (see note for heating)
- 1 Tbsp whole milk
- 3 Tbsp mini chocolate chips
Chocolate Chip Cookie Frosting
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 5 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1 Tbsp vanilla
- 3 Tbsp whole milk
- ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and line a cupcake tin with 12 papers.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, cream together butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
- Add eggs in one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix in vanilla extract.
- With mixer on low speed, beat in dry ingredients in 3 additions, alternating with the milk. Mix in each addition until just incorporated. Gently fold in chocolate chips and rainbow sprinkles.
- Fill cupcake liners about ¾ of the way with batter. Bake cupcakes for 17-20 minutes, until edges are golden and tester comes out clean.
- Let cupcakes cool in tin for 5 minutes before moving to wire racks to cool completely.
- Once cupcakes are completely cool, core out a small section from the middle (either using a cupcake corer or with a knife). Fill center of cupcake with about a Tbsp of cookie dough.
- Fill a pastry bag with frosting, fit with pastry tip (I like to use a Wilton 2A) and frost cupcakes. Top with additional sprinkles and mini chocolate chip cookies.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
- In the bowl of a mixer or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, cream butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
- Add vanilla and salt and blend until combined.
- With mixer on low, slowly add flour to bowl until well combined.
- Keep mixer on low and add milk in until dough comes together. Mix in mini chocolate chips until just combined.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Frosting
- In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, beat butter until creamy.
- With mixer on low, slowly blend in the confectioner's sugar, cup by cup until well-combined.
- Mix in vanilla and milk, until combined. Stir in mini chocolate chips.
- To ensure flour is safe for eating (raw flour can cause foodborne illness), you can toast it. Just spread flour on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 5 minutes.
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