Day 56 – Brownie Cupcakes with Cookie Dough Frosting

25 Sep

First, I gotta shout out to some very special people.  I missed it, but Happy (belated) Anniversary to my Aunt Nancy and Uncle Ted!  AND, a Happy Birthday to my Uncle Ted.  (Big week for them!!)  Hope it’s filled with lots of yummy things!!

thanksgiving pic with nana

This is my Aunt Nancy and I in the kitchen on Thanksgiving (about 3 years ago…) She is a huge part of the reason that I love to bake!!  Love you, Nana!!

Now, let’s talk about these insane cupcakes.  I mean.  Totally speaking my language with that name.  Brownie Cupcakes with Cookie Dough Frosting (recipe below from Cooking Classy).  Uummmmmm, yes!!  Brownies AND cookie dough.  Together?!  Not even a question.   These are happening.

Brownie-Cupcake     Mini-Brownie-Cupcake

The cupcakes are dense, but the minis are really dense!  Borderline tough.  The full-size sank because I took them out early – the recipe says to shorten the time for gooey-er cakes.  (It won’t matter once they’re frosted anyway!)  They taste exactly like a fudge brownie.  Ooey, gooey chocolatey brownie goodness.


The frosting is a buttercream consistency but with mini chips it isn’t pipeable.  (The recipe does note that if you’d like to pipe it, top the frosting with chips instead of mixing them in.)  It tastes like brown sugar cookie dough.  The chips are a nice way to break it up without being overpowering.

Brownie-w-Cookie-Dough     Mini-Brownie-w-Cookie-Dough

The cake brings out the salt in the frosting.  I might use unsalted butter and salt to taste next time, instead of using salted butter.  The mini is a little tough to eat, but not bad once the parts are together.  It does taste like a brownie topped with cookie dough, so if that sounds like your cup of…well…cake…then these are for you!

Scoring Sheet:

– Cupcake Taste: 4.5

– Frosting Taste: 3.5

– Overall Taste: 3.5 (the cakes are better without frosting, but it’s a good, fun dessert)

– Appearance: 4

– Ease of Making: 4 (brownie cakes are a no-mixer-required batter!)

– TOTAL: 19.5

RECIPE (from Cooking Classy)


    • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1/4 tsp baking powder
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
    • 3/4 cup butter, melted
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
    • 2 Tbsp milk
Cookie Dough Frosting
  • 10 Tbsp salted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp molasses
  • 2-3 Tbsp cream or half and half
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

For directions visit Cooking Classy.

*Tomorrow: Caramel Apple Cupcakes*

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