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Day 262 – Brown Sugar Cupcakes with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting

19 Apr

Some things are just too good to be true.  Brown sugar…definitely one of those things.  I love it.  I could (and used to) eat it with a spoon.  Then.  There’s cookie dough.  And not just any cookie dough.  Chocolate chip cookie dough.  Forget it!  Too good.  Possibly one of the best things on the planet.  Am I right?  So when I saw these Brown Sugar Cupcakes with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting (recipe below from Baked Perfection)…there was no resisting.

Brown-Sugar-Cupcake     Mini-Brown-Sugar-Cupcake

The cupcakes are somewhat dense and very soft. I don’t get a lot of brown sugar flavor. Shockingly, they kinda remind me of a banana muffin, though there are definitely no bananas in them. Maybe a mix of the brown sugar and the melted butter, I’m not sure. Not bad, just not what I was expecting.


The frosting is thick and sugary, just like cookie dough ought to be. It’s obvious what it is, but I would prefer a stronger butter and a stronger brown sugar presence. It’s definitely sweet enough, but I’m wondering if some of the powdered sugar couldn’t be replaced by brown sugar, to really drive home the cookie dough flavor.

Brown-Sugar-Cookie-Cupcake     Mini-Brown-Sugar-Cookie

To me, this tastes like a frosted muffin still. Now, again. Don’t get me wrong. I could eat a whole bunch of these muffins. But that’s what they remind me of. They’re sweet, but not cloying. The chocolate chips make for a nice crunch in an otherwise extremely smooth and soft cupcake/frosting combo.


Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3.5
  • Frosting Taste: 3.5
  • Overall Taste: 3.5
  • Appearance: 3.5
  • Ease of Making: 4.5
  • TOTAL: 18.5

Mini Brown-Sugar-Cookie-top


Brown Sugar Cupcakes with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting (recipe from Baked Perfection)

Brown Sugar Cupcakes:

  • 1 cup loosely packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Cookie Dough Frosting:

  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

For directions visit Baked Perfection.

*Tomorrow: Cadbury Egg Easter Cupcakes*

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