‘C’ is for cupcake?

I had seen these cute little cookie monster cupcakes around on the internet, done in various shades of blue with different techniques for the eyes and fur. I knew I had to take a shot at them after stumbling upon what I can only describe as a stroke of maddness genius–a cupcake with a cookie dough center. Yes, it’s true. These are simple and can be made even simpler if you choose to use store bought cookie dough and box cake mix (and I assure you that there is no shame in that). The cupcakes actually cook with the dough inside, and the key is to follow the instructions down to the commas because if you under freeze the dough, the result will be a dry or possibly cooked cookie center. Great for kids, a coworker told me how excited his son was when he bit in to the cupcake to find that the cookie monster had eaten a cookie– it was in his belly!

cookie dough cupcake
from allrecipes.com

cookie dough

cups flour
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp sea salt
½ cup butter, softened
¼ cup white sugar
½ cup brown sugar
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips


1 box yellow cake mix
1 1/3 cups water
1/3 cup canola oil
3 eggs
  • Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and sea salt; set aside. Beat the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until smooth. Add 1 egg and the vanilla extract and beat until smooth. Mix in the flour mixture until just incorporated. Fold in the chocolate chips; mixing just enough to evenly combine. Form the dough into tablespoon-sized balls; place onto a baking sheet, and freeze until solid, about 2 hours. (**please please please freeze them for at least this long or they will not turn out well)
  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.
  • Beat 3 eggs in a large bowl with an electric mixer to break up. Add the cake mix, water, and canola oil; continue beating for 2 minutes on medium speed. Spoon into the prepared cupcake liners, filling each 2/3 full. Place a frozen cookie dough ball on the top center of each cupcake.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the cake portion of the cupcake (not the cookie dough ball) comes clean, about 20 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

Decoration tips (if you are feeling inspired)

  • Dye white icing that iconic cookie monster blue, piped using the grass tip (the one with lots of holes in it)
  • The eyes are white melting chips (you can find them at Michael’s/Joann’s) and mini chocolate chips
  • Break up chocolate chip cookies (we used Chips Ahoy) into halves or crumbles and place for the mouth

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