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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Cupcakes

Here’s something you might not have picked up on.  We have a very teeny, tiny, slight tendency to get just a wee bit carried away.

How?  Well, for our New Year’s Eve party we curled 24 spools of ribbon to decorate the chandelier (we were feeling very festive).  And that was just one light fixture. 

We won’t mention the food we prepared for the 10 people who came over (there may have been 36 cupcakes, 2 pans of brownies, a charcuterie platter and 3 specialty cocktails).

But wait.  Please don’t think we are those people who are always bustling about doing insanely over the top, crafty things that leave the rest of us wondering where they find the time. 

Um, seriously, no, we don’t have that much energy. 

Actually, we’re kind of lazy a lot of the time (really how can we be expected to change the channel without a remote control?).  But if it’s something we’re passionate about, like food (and apparently December 31st), then we hit the gas and go full speed, guns a-blazin’. 

Yes, cookies, guns a-BLAZIN’.

So of course baking, being one of those passions of ours, gets the full speed, all or nothing, go big or go home treatment. 

Exhibit A – these cupcakes.  With chocolate chips.  And chocolate chip cookie dough.  Inside the cupcake.  Because really, when you’re torn between baking cupcakes or cookies you might as well just combine the two, right?

Oh and there’s frosting.  Chocolate peanut butter frosting.  Because we are also passionate about peanut butter.

We know, we know, we got carried away again.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Cupcakes
Makes 24 cupcakes
Inspired by Molly's Cupcakes

Print Recipe

For Cookie Dough:
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
4 tablespoons milk
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter chips 

For Cupcakes:
3 1/4 cups cake flour
1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk
3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons (1 3/4 sticks) butter, softened
1 3/4 cups sugar
5 large egg whites, room temperature
2 cups mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

For Frosting:
3 cups powdered sugar
16 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup chocolate peanut butter (we used Peanut Butter & Co Dark Chocolate Dreams)

Make the Cookie Dough:
Combine the butter and sugars in a mixing bowl and cream on medium high speed for a few minutes until light and fluffy. Add in the milk and vanilla and blend until fully incorporated.  Add in the flour and salt and stir until just combined.  Add in the peanut butter chips and chocolate chips.  Using a tablespoon, scoop out the cookie dough and form into logs, about 1 1/2 inches by an inch.  Place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper and freeze for at least 4 hours.

Make the Cupcakes:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with paper liners. Combine 3 1/4 cups of cake flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl and set aside.  Stir the vanilla into the milk.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter on medium high speed until smooth.  Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy. With mixer on low, add the flour mixture in three additions, alternating with the milk mixture.  Beat until just combined after each flour or milk addition.  

Whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks form.  Fold gently into the batter.  Coat chocolate chips in remaining 1 tablespoon of flour and fold into batter.  Divide batter among muffin cups, filling each 2/3 full.  Place a frozen cookie dough tube in the center of each cupcake.  Bake cupcakes for 18-22 minutes. Let cool in tins on wire racks.

Make the Frosting:
In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine powdered sugar, cream cheese, butter, and chocolate peanut butter and beat mixture until smooth. Spread frosting over top of cooled cupcakes, topping with additional chocolate chips if desired.

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Reader Comments (22)

WOW!! Everything I love in one cupcake! You are amazing!

October 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

I don't even have words!

October 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

Carried away in such a good way! These look absolutely incredible... and I'm sitting here craving chocolate. I wish I could whip up a batch of these right now.

October 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

amazing. i need these now.

October 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren at KeepItSweet

YUM! I am in desperate need of a creative and fun recipe for an upcoming party, and these definitely fit the bill. I can't wait to make them :)

I canlt decide if these are a dream come true or a nightmare because i would eat the whole batch! Amazing! I have got to make cupcakes with cookie dough in the middle!

October 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie@Cozydelicious These look AMAZING. I want to get carried away too!

October 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermegan @ whatmegansmaking

Wow, these look amazing. Def bookmarking this recipe!!!

You can go ahead and get carried away any day in my book if this is going to be the outcome :)

October 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEvan @swEEts

Ohh my goodness.. I need an excuse to make these. and 23 people to help me eat them.

October 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda V.

Now that is one hell of a cupcake! Yum!

October 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

That ladies, is the cookie that intimidates all other cookies. Love it - its got all the important food groups in it :)

October 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnna Johnston

Yum yum! These look and sound amazing!

October 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

oh my goodness. These look incredible!

October 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbrandi

Oh my!! I'm speechless!

Oh my gosh, these are SO decadent and delicious looking! I don't think you could have typed any sweeter words than "chocolate, peanut butter and cookie dough" all in the same sentence. Great job on these cupcakes! I'm so glad I found your blog.

I love getting carried away! Your New Year's sounds fantastic! And these look insane.

so, um, if i sent you homemade almond joys would you send me a few of these?


October 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercarolyn

wow....that cupcake is beyond amazing....Chocolate and peanut butter have always been my favorite combination of flavors. You have just taken this to another level!!! I would love to make these for my girls!

October 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChef Dennis

hey ladies! i'm making these this weekend - just started the first step - the cookie dough. just fyi - your measurement for vanilla is missing from the ingredient list for the cookie dough!

October 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRobyn

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