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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting

When cookie cravings hit our family, I can often be found in the kitchen whipping up a batch of our favorite chocolate chip cookies. The truth is, though, that by the time the cookies come out of the oven, I’m over my craving.

No, I’m not some master dieter who can talk her way out of a cookie craving. I’m one of those live-on-the-edge dangerous types who is always dipping her finger in the cookie dough. One ball of dough for the cookie sheet, one ball of dough for my mouth. It’s the way I’ve always made cookies and I really never see myself outgrowing it at this point.

I’ve gone to great lengths to add cookie dough into my life in as many ways as possible. Sure, the real thing is great, but what about a rich, chocolate cupcake topped with a soft frosting resembling my favorite indulgent treat? Now that is amazing.

This frosting is too soft to pipe (not to mention, the mini chocolate chips would get stuck in the piping tip anyway), so take the easy route and slather this frosting on with a butter knife. Depending on how generous you are, you’ll be able to frost 12-18 cupcakes with one batch of frosting.

I’ve added a teaspoon of molasses to this recipe to give it more of that amazing dark brown sugar flavor. (Did you know that brown sugar is just white sugar with molasses added to it? If you ever find yourself out of brown sugar, just stir a bit of molasses into your regular granulated sugar. It’s an easy fix!) You can leave the molasses out if you don’t have it, but I like the extra oomph of cookie dough flavor it gives this recipe.

RECIPE: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting

Generously frosts 12 cupcakes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes


● 1 cup butter, softened

● 4 ounces cream cheese, softened

● 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

● 1 teaspoon molasses, optional

● 3 cups powdered sugar, plus more to reach your desired consistency

● ½ cup brown sugar

● ¾ cup mini chocolate chips, divided


1. Add the butter, cream cheese, vanilla extract and molasses to a large bowl. Beat until well combined and creamy using a hand mixer on medium speed.

2. Gradually add the powdered sugar and brown sugar to the bowl while mixing.

3. Continue mixing on medium speed until the mixture is light and fluffy and well combined. If the frosting is too soft for your liking, beat in extra powdered sugar until it reaches the thickness you prefer.

4. Stir in ½ cup of the chocolate chips.

5. Spread the frosting over cupcakes.

6. Sprinkle the tops with the remaining chocolate chips.

Image via Karly Campbell

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