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Monster Cookie Dough Cupcakes

These cupcakes are actually coming out of the archives, but with a couple of improvements…

1) They desperately needed a photo up-do.  This recipe first appeared on my blog during my “white sheet” photo days (ahem… not so very long ago, I’m ashamed to say). While I know photography is always improving, and in a month I may not like these so much either– I’m really glad I had a chance to re-photograph these! Now if I could just find the time to re-photograph all of my other cringe-worthy photos… sigh.


2) I’m providing a recipe in this post that yields a full 24 cupcakes. The original post was supposed to be for a single serve cupcake, but I overestimated the ingredients so it turned into a “quadruple serve” recipe. And that just confused people, I think. Also… people who wanted to make more than four cupcakes were leaving demanding comments.

And… I really can’t say that I blame them ;)

Monster Cookie Dough Cupcakes


    For the Cupcakes:
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • For the Cookie Dough Frosting:
  • 8 oz. Cream Cheese, softened (don't use reduced fat or fat free!)
  • 1/2 c. Butter, softened
  • 1/2 c. Peanut Butter
  • 1-2 c. Powdered Sugar (even more if you really want it thick)
  • 3 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. Flour
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1 c. Oats (more or less depending on desired texture)
  • 1 bag Plain mini M&Ms
  • 1 c. mini Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. Use a hand or stand mixer to whisk together all of the cupcake ingredients except for the chocolate chips. Stir in the chocolate chips with a spoon or spatula.
  3. Fill each cupcake liner about 2/3 full of batter. Bake for 20 minutes, until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool on a wire rack.
  4. Meanwhile, use a stand mixer dough paddle to beat together the cream cheese, butter, and peanut butter until smooth.
  5. Mix in the brown sugar, flour, vanilla, and oats.
  6. Mix in the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time.
  7. Finally add the M&Ms and Chocolate chips, mix well.
  8. Use a large cookie scoop or ice cream scoop to scoop out the cookie dough onto the cooled cupcakes.

Peanut Butter Cupcake recipe from How Sweet It Is

Monster Cookie Dough Frosting is my original recipe.

If you only want to make 4 cupcakes, see this post.

Ashton Swank

Ashton is the owner and author of Something Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador. Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.

20 comments on “Monster Cookie Dough Cupcakes”

  1. they looked amazing before, they look amazing now. I go back and remake my recipes all the time – mostly b/c my friends request them! But it’s an excuse to take new photos. It’s fun to see how much we’ve grown and developed as photographers :)

  2. Love love love Ashton! Oh, and you old photo? SO did NOT need a reshoot. I LOVE these cupcakes and I bet they taste awesome. You can make me one in December. :)

  3. Wow! These look just sinful! And I love your pictures. I stink at the picture part!

  4. Cookie dough cupcakes = heaven!

  5. Omgosh. I love cookie dough and love that you made a cookie dough frosting! Just throw in a cookie dough center in the middle of those cupcakes and I’d be in cookie dough heaven. Yum :) and I love the pictures from before. If you think those are bad, please do NOT stop by Cooking to Perfection. haha

  6. I am still swooning over that frosting…it is so incredible looking! Forget the cupcakes…just give me a spoon and a bowl full of frosting and I will be in heaven!!! I love the new pics;-)

  7. WOW these look amazing!! Pinned to try for my son’s birthday party, he loves M&Ms. I’d love it if you shared this at my Show & Share link party (link is below). Have a wonderful day!

  8. I already love cookie dough cupcakes so I know I’d enjoy these too

  9. LOVE the pics – but the old ones were great as well!
    and I love that I can make only 4 of these {if I make 24 – I will eat 24}
    Happy Halloween

  10. All I can say is….. YUM! I just printed and pinned it. Happy Halloween!

  11. Wow, I didn’t know Monster Cookies could get any better, but wow, these look incredible! I can’t wait to make these for a birthday treat sometime!

  12. Okay, your photography has always been great! Are you planning on going back to reshoot all of your old stuff? I’ve been toying around with redoing my old cringeworthy posts but it seems like so much work. :-) I LOVE these cupcakes, and I love that the recipe makes a small serving size!

  13. I know my little baker would LOVE these! Not only eating them, but helping make them!

    We’d love it if stop by and link it up at our linky party:Show and Tell: Thanksgiving Recipes and Crafts Linky Party

    Hope you stop by!

  14. Thanks for sharing this improved recipe. It seems like you made a good choice providing a recipe for 24 instead of just one.

  15. These would be perfect for a bake sale; kids would buy them in a heartbeat. Thanks for the great idea.

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  19. I made these last night and added mini cho chips and mini m&m’s…
    When I put them into my silicone cupcake liners they sunk :( And I mean sunk terribly. IDK what I did wrong. Should I possibly coat the add in’s in flour?? Thank you…

  20. Hi, we love your cupcakes so we had try them out and they were delicious! I did a post on ours and linked up to your site. Thanks for the great recipe! :)

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