I love surprises, whether it's a special birthday present or a mini treat inside my desserts. So why not put surprises in your cupcakes? In this quick recipe, grab a box of yellow cake mix, cookie dough ingredients, frosting supplies, a ton of blue food coloring, and boom! Inspired by Cookie Monster Cupcake and chocolate chip cookie cupcake recipes, these Cookie Monster Cupcakes come with a chocolate chip cookie treat hiding in the middle.

Cookie Monster Cupcakes

  • Prep Time:20 mins
  • Cook Time:18 mins
  • Total Time:38 mins
  • Servings:24
  • Medium


  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups softened butter
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 7 ounce jar marshmallow fluff
  • blue food coloring
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  • Step 1

    First, let’s make the cookie dough. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. In a separate bowl, beat ½ cup butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth.

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  • Step 2

    Add in 1 egg and 2 tsp. vanilla extract; beat until smooth. Mix in the flour mixture, then add in the chocolate chips until just combined. Using either your hands or two spoons, form tablespoon-sized balls of dough. Place them on aluminum foil and freeze for 1.5-2 hours.

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  • Step 3

    While the cookie dough freezes, start making the cupcake batter. Beat 3 eggs in a bowl. Once mixed, add in the cake mix, water, and oil until fully combined. Pour the batter into the cupcake tins until about half to 2/3 full. Place a frozen cookie dough ball in the center of each cupcake tin.

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  • Step 4

    Bake for 15-18 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

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  • Step 5

    Finally, it’s time to make the frosting. Place 1 cup of softened butter in a large bowl and mix until fluffy. Add 3-5 drops of food coloring (don’t worry, you can add more later if it’s not blue enough).

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  • Step 6

    Add the powdered sugar ½ cup at a time. Add ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract and the marshmallow fluff. If you would like it to be bluer, add more food coloring now.

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  • Step 7

    Place the frosting in a frosting bag with the star tip or just use a sandwich bag with the tip cut off. Pipe the frosting in a swirl (enough for candy eyes to rest on top of) and place the candy eyes on top (pro tip: have the eyes point in slightly different directions to look more like Cookie Monster!). Place a Chips Ahoy cookie where the mouth should be to complete the effect.

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And just like that, you have your very own army of Cookie Monster cupcakes! Keep these in mind next time you want to impress your friends with a cute dessert.