Molten Gookie Dough Cupcakes Recipe

Molten Gookie Dough Cupcakes Recipe

If cookie dough and buttercream joined forces, you’d literally have… heaven?

Yes, that sounds right. Here we’re making creamy vanilla cupcakes with a molten cookie dough surprise inside plus a cookie dough buttercream.

Because why wouldn’t you want surprise cookie dough bites in frosting?!

You will need: 

Cookie Dough:


  • 220g all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 120ml whole milk, at room temperature
  • 115g unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 200g granulated sugar
  • 2 egg whites, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Cookie Dough Buttercream:

  • 230g unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream or milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 360g icing sugar, sifted
  • Remaining Gookie Dough
Cookie Dough Molten Cupcakes


Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a 12-cup muffin tray with cupcake liners.

Roll the Gookie Dough into 12 one-tablespoon-size balls, place on a plate, then refrigerate. Set aside the remaining cookie dough at room temperature.


Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside.

Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar together on medium speed in a large bowl until light and fluffy.

Add the egg whites and vanilla and beat until the mixture is totally incorporated.

With the mixer on low, alternate additions of the flour mixture and the milk, starting and ending with flour. Beat until the batter appears smooth and creamy.

Fill cupcake liners about 3/4 full. Bake for 16-19 minutes or until the cupcake edges are golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool in the tray for 5 minutes.

Remove cupcakes from the tray and carefully press 1 chilled cookie dough ball into the centre of each cupcake. The dough ball might not sit completely flat, so expect a little lump on top. Don’t worry, you’ll cover it with frosting. Cool cupcakes completely.

Cookie Dough Buttercream:

Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter in a large bowl on medium speed until light, fluffy, and completely smooth.

Add the vanilla extract, milk, and salt and beat until combined. 

Add the icing sugar, then beat on low speed for 15 seconds. Switch to medium-high speed and beat the frosting until super light and fluffy.

Break the remaining cookie dough into small chunks. With the mixer running on medium speed, add the cookie dough chunks. Mix just until incorporated– some chunks can remain.

Once the cupcakes are completely cool, top with frosting. You can spread the frosting with a knife, piping bag or spatula.


P.S. You can find tubs of delicious Gookie Dough in 5 different flavours HERE