Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting

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Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Cookie Dough Frosting


Vanilla Cupcakes

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour*
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, soft
  • 1 1/2 cups Dixie Crystals Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
  • 8 egg yolks, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk, at room temperature

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting

  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, soft
  • 1 cup Dixie Crystals Light Brown Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour*
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • *Spoon & Sweep method: Use a spoon to fill measuring cup with flour until required amount is obtained. Scooping measuring cup directly into flour bag will firmly pack flour resulting in too much flour required for recipe.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Sift together flour and baking powder and set aside. Place 24 cupcake baking cups in a muffin tin and set aside.
  3. Cream butter until light and fluffy. Add sugar and mix until very creamy. Add one egg yolk at a time waiting for the previously added yolk to be fully incorporated. Scrape bowl often and mix until light and fluffy.
  4. Add vanilla extract and salt.
  5. Add 1/3 of dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Scrape well and mix briefly. Add 1/2 of buttermilk and mix until combined, scrape well and mix briefly.
  6. Repeat with another 1/3 of flour and add remaining buttermilk scraping well in between. Add remaining flour and mix until just combined. Do not over mix.
  7. Fill paper cups 3/4 full and place in oven, bake until center of the cupcakes spring back when lightly pressed with a finger, about 22-23 minutes. Time will vary based on size of cupcake tins. 
  8. Prepare frosting: Beat butter until light and fluffy. Add brown sugar, vanilla, milk and salt and mix on medium speed for 10 minutes. (Mixing for at least this length of time will dissolve brown sugar crystals better and make icing smoother.)
  9. Turn mixer to low and add flour all at once. Mix until combined. Add chocolate chips and mix smooth.
  10. Using a spatula spread frosting on surface of cupcakes.
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