Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Mocha Cupcakes

Rich chocolate cupcakes filled with a little nugget of cookie dough (egg free) and topped with thick mocha fudge frosting!

Chocolate cupcakes with a little cookie dough hidden inside and topped with rich mocha buttercream!

Field trips.  Remember those?  Remember how excited you were when field trip day finally arrived?  The bus would feel electric!  The air was thick with anticipation of all the fun to come.  You could be going to go watch wood rot, but you wouldn’t care because you weren’t in school.  It was like a big jail break, freedom was a bus ride away!

Chocolate Cupcakes filled with a nugget of egg free cookie dough then  topped with thick, fudgy mocha frosting!


Today, as the mom chaperone, I have a little different perspective on field trips.  First of all, the bus rides are nauseating.  I’m surprised kids are not barfing on the bus on a daily basis!  One can only be jostled and bounced so many times before their stomach decides to revolt.

Then there’s the constant drone of the engine and the reverberating sounds from the wheels.  They are enough to make my head want to explode.  That coupled with the 28 excited kids talking wildly around me usually make me think about fleeing through the emergency exit in the back.

Chocolate cupcakes hiding a cookie dough surprise!

Then, when we finally get to our destination, I spend way more time counting heads then paying attention to anything else.   I do not want to be the mom who loses a kid after all.  It’s impossible to have educational discussions with the kids, I’m just trying to survive!  All my instincts and senses are in hyper drive as our group maneuvers it’s way about.  Lunch never comes soon enough.

Rich Chocolate Cupcakes with a cookie dough center and mocha frosting.


When it is finally lunch, I eat my pb & j with a new-found zeal.  Jif never tasted so good!  I try to shovel in my own food, but my attempts are thwarted by all the requests to open cracker packages, ketchup packets and juice bags.  Before I know it we are told we have to finish up and move out to our next stop on the tour.  I’m left with about 2 dozen half eaten snacks and drinks to carry for the rest of the day.  Pack mule takes on a whole new meaning.

Chocolate cupcakes filled with chocolate chip cookie dough and topped with mocha frosting


Eventually the trip ends.  The bus ride back to school is always a bit more subdued.  While my stomach is still doing somersaults, I’m relieved that I didn’t lose any kid in my group.  But more importantly, I’m happy to have been able to spend the day with my own kids.  These memories in the making are true gifts.  Besides, I take comfort in knowing that after the bus takes the kids back to school I will be home with a cup of coffee, some ibuprofen and a big, fat chocolate mocha cupcake!

In honor of cookie dough week, I created these ultra decadent cupcakes.  Rich devil’s food chocolate cupcakes are stuffed with little nuggets of cookie dough!  I always makes these egg free cookie dough balls at Christmas time.  They are a tasty treat in these cupcakes!  A little surprise.  These little cakes are then topped with the silkiest, mocha frosting!  A chocolate lovers dream!  Here is my little PSA; these are very rich.  Have a glass of milk handy!  Don’t say I didn’t warn you.


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Buckeye Cupcakes

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Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes




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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Mocha Cupakes
For the cookie dough:
  • ½ cup butter softened
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips
For the cupcakes:
  • 1 box Devils Food Cake 18,25
  • 1 box chocolate instant pudding 5.9oz
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup oil
  • 4 eggs slightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • ½ cup warm brewed coffee
For the frosting
  • 1 cup butter
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 ⅓ cup cocoa
  • ½ cup hot coffee
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 8 tablespoons half and half
  1. In a large bowl combine butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Gradually mix in flour alternating with the sweetened condensed milk. Beat well after each addition. Stir in chocolate chips. Shape into ¼ to ½ teaspoon sized balls. Arrange on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Freeze until ready to use.
  2. Prepare the cupcakes by combining cake mix and pudding mix in a large mixing bowl. Stir in yogurt, oil and eggs beating until mixed. Add vanilla and espresso. Slowly pour in coffee until smooth. Prepare two cupcake pans with liners. Using a large cookie scoop, scoop up batter into each liner about ⅔ full. Place 1 frozen cookie dough into the center of each cupcake. Keep any remaining dough frozen until ready to use. You will have extra cookie dough.
  3. Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 18 minutes. Remove to a cooking rack.
  4. Prepare frosting. Beat butter until creamy. Whisk together sugar and cocoa in a separate bowl. Combine coffee and vanilla in a separate bowl. Carefully add sugar mixture alternatively with coffee mixture. Beat on a low speed until blended. Beat in enough half and half until frosting is the desired piping consistency. Frost cooked cupcakes.
  5. I used an 809 tip to pipe the frosting.
  6. Makes 24 cupcakes.


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42 Responses

  1. These cupcakes look amazing, Tanya! What could be better than chocolate chip cookie dough and mocha. Is it bad that I wish I had one of these for breakfast :) Pinned and shared!

  2. Wow these are such pretty cupcakes! Love all these cookie dough recipes :) And oh my gosh – totally laughing about the reversed perspective on a field trip! As a kid I just loved when my mom would go on them with us, but now I recognize how stressful it would be to be a chaperone! You wrote this post so well, I loved it!

    • Thank you Chelsea! There are some seriously creative bloggers-I love all the cookie dough recipes too!

  3. I love these Tanya! Your cookie dough is baked so perfectly into the middle of the cupcakes! I love the mocha twist too. I’m going to have to try SCM in my cookie dough – that sounds delicious!

  4. Oh my goodness what I have to look forward too! I’ll just bring snacks and skip the field trips like these cupcakes!

    • Yeah, I shouldn’t have given any away to friends! I need them back!

  5. These cupcakes look absolutely sinful Tanya! I’m a total sucker for anything mocha :) Pinned!

  6. Tanya, I’m that field trip mom ALL THE TIME. I always often ask myself as I’m on the noisy bus, why did I volunteer… again?! I am so with you on that one!
    I love these creative cupcakes… with the moistness of Greek yogurt… and the delicious hidden cookie dough! Divine!

    • Ah so you totally understand! It fives me headache, but I wouldn’t ever think of not doing it!

  7. HAHA! You hit the nail on the head! I never thought about a parental perspective of field trips. Although I am not a parent yet, I feel like I just had several A. Flashbacks to field trips as a child and B. Flash forward to thought of having to ride a school bus again. I would FOR SURE need more than one of these cupcakes to survive! Thanks for participating!

  8. I miss field trips! I went on every single one and had a blast. I didn’t ride a bus growing up, so it was a new experience for me. Mocha is my favorite Tanya, and these cupcakes look beyond amazing!!

    • It’s funny how things change as you get older. I love being with my kids. It means a lot to them. Mocha is my favorite too! Thanks Lisa!

    • It was hard eating one at a time! Thank you Melanie!

  9. they look so delicious. i love the surprise inside too!

  10. Tanya, thanks for giving me a heads up on what I can look forward to as a chaperone on my future kids field trips!! LOL :) And these cupcakes look delicious, I am loving this cookie dough week.. pinned :)

  11. These are definitely the perfect post-field trip treat! I have mixed feelings about field trips, too….they always seem like a good idea, until I’m on that bus! We’ve actually been asked to drive ourselves this year, which has been PERFECT. Maybe you should suggest that!! :)

    • I love when I can drive myself! I need to because otherwise I OD on Dramamine! Thanks Cathy!

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  13. These are picture-perfect Tanya! AND they have cookie dough in the middle, yum! Did you by any chance go to the museum too? Sounds a bit like the field trip I helped chaperone for my third grader :)
    Pinning these and sharing on my Facebook page!

  14. Whoa these looking so divine! Pinned! Love the chocolate cake with chocolate icing and the surprise cookie dough inside is just amazing! Found this on the best of the weekend! :-)

  15. Excuse me while I wipe the drool from my chin! :) These look incredible! I eat paleo-style regularly, but my exception to the rule (major exception!) is my love for cupcakes! Thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you Ronda! I love you exception-cupcakes are irresistible!

  16. Hi Tanya, I’ve featured your decadent cupcakes on my blog, hoping that you don’t mind, but if you do, please contact me and I’ll remove it. All the best.


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