Chocolate Cookies and Cream Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Moist homemade double chocolate cookies and cream cupcakes with cream cheese frosting! A fun dessert for any celebration or just because!

Moist double chocolate cookies and cream cupcakes with cream cheese frosting recipe from @bakedbyrachel

It’s hard to know what to say after an extended break. Busy days prior to school ending led into a busy summer break. When my kids are home, it’s hard to focus on work. And since I make my own hours, I opted to take advantage of it. It’s been truly wonderful to sit back and enjoy summer with my kids, instead of working around them and our activities. For so long I focused on wanting to get the next recipe done. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy every aspect of it… from the creation to the execution and photographing, but I also needed a break and time with my kids.

We’ve done everything and absolutely nothing at all. We’ve gone swimming more days than not… a result of exceptionally beautiful and hot summer weather. We’ve read books upon books and enjoyed every word. We went on a special family vacation (more on that to come). And so much more.

More than half of our summer break has passed and school is on the horizon. I’m hoping to soak up these last few weeks with my kids before they’re back in school again. I’m cherishing these moments, knowing and understanding that they truly are growing too fast and these moments won’t be here forever. There are adventures, crafting, laughs and water balloon fights still to be had before we can call an end to this summer… oh, and at least one classic s’more session. Summer isn’t summer without that!

Moist double chocolate cookies and cream cupcakes with cream cheese frosting recipe from @bakedbyrachel

The second summer birthday in our family has now come and gone, but I couldn’t resist whipping up another super fun cupcake for the occasion. Who doesn’t love Oreos or the copycat versions. Rich chocolate cookies with cream filling. A classic! These cupcakes are a fun twist on that…chocolate and cream.

Moist and rich homemade double chocolate cupcakes with cookie crumb cream cheese frosting, topped off with a whole cookie! These cookies and cream cupcakes are an absolute must make, whether for a celebration or just because. They’re sure to be new favorite!

Moist double chocolate cookies and cream cupcakes with cream cheese frosting recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Chocolate Cookies and Cream Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Moist homemade double chocolate cookies and cream cupcakes with cream cheese frosting! A fun dessert for any celebration or just because!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate, Cupcake
Servings: 8 cupcakes



  • 1/4 C unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 C unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 C milk
  • 1 oz semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate
  • 1/4 C sour cream
  • 3/4 C all purpose flour


  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 C unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 C powdered sugar
  • 1/3 C chocolate cookie crumbs
  • 8 whole cookies for topping


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a regular cupcake pan with 8 paper liners. 
  • In a glass measuring cup, heat milk until steaming. Add 1oz chocolate to warm milk, stirring until melted. Set aside. 
  • In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in egg and vanilla, scraping bowl as needed. Mix in salt, baking soda and cocoa powder, followed by flour. Mix in sour cream, followed by warm milk mixture. Mix until just combined and no streaks remain. Divide mixture between prepared liners using a large cookie scoop. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean or with just a few moist crumbs. Cool in pan for several minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. 
  • When cupcakes are cool, prepare frosting. In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add vanilla. Mix in powdered sugar 1 cup at a time. Finally, stir in cookie crumbs by hand, mixing until just combined. Transfer to a large piping bag fit with desired tip. Frost cupcakes and immediately top off with a cookie. 
  • Cupcakes can be stored in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature prior to serving. 


An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

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Moist double chocolate cookies and cream cupcakes with cream cheese frosting recipe from @bakedbyrachel
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67 Responses to “Chocolate Cookies and Cream Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting”

  1. #
    Holly Waterfall — August 1, 2016 at 9:54 am

    I can’t believe summer is almost over!
    BUT you make it all better with these cupcakes… holy frosting!

    • #
      Rachel — August 2, 2016 at 7:14 am

      Thanks Holly!

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    Danae @ Recipe Runner — August 1, 2016 at 11:19 am

    Good for you for taking the summer off to spend time with your kids! Judging by all the pictures I saw, it looked like everyone had a great time! These cupcakes look so good, perfect for a birthday or just because I love cookies and cream!

    • #
      Rachel — August 2, 2016 at 7:14 am

      Definitely a great time! And thank you!! :)

  3. #
    Aimee Shugarman — August 1, 2016 at 11:41 am

    That frosting!! OMG I’m thinking I could just use a spoon.

    • #
      Rachel — August 2, 2016 at 7:14 am

      Thanks Aimee!

  4. #
    Allison - Celebrating Sweets — August 1, 2016 at 11:44 am

    Love those classic flavors! Gorgeous photos!

    • #
      Rachel — August 2, 2016 at 7:14 am

      Thanks Allison!

  5. #
    Nicole Taggart — August 1, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    love everything about these cupcakes! love cookies and cream

    • #
      Rachel — August 2, 2016 at 7:15 am

      Thanks Nicole! :)

  6. #
    Catherine — August 1, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    What a decadent dessert! I love the ratio of frosting to cupcake! These look stunning, Rachel. xo, Catherine

    • #
      Rachel — August 2, 2016 at 7:15 am

      Thanks Catherine!

  7. #
    Jessica Wilson - Sweetooth — August 1, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    WOW. Those cupcakes look amazing! Wish I lived at your place! I’d be eating those cupcakes faster than you can say cookies and cream! BTW, very nice photos.

    • #
      Rachel — August 2, 2016 at 7:15 am

      Haha! Thanks Jessica :)

  8. #
    Amanda @ Cookie Named Desire — August 1, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    I am glad you decided to take time and enjoy the summer with your kids. It’s important to take that time to live life and enjoy being in the moment with the people you love. These cupcakes, though. What a treat! they look so incredible!

    • #
      Rachel — August 2, 2016 at 7:15 am

      I totally agree! And thanks Amanda! :)

  9. #
    Patricia @ Grab a Plate — August 2, 2016 at 12:09 am

    Oh, man! These are party perfect! Also can’t believe summer is almost over! Love these :)

    • #
      Rachel — August 2, 2016 at 7:16 am

      I know! Where did summer go?! And thanks Patricia! :)

  10. #
    Emily @ Life on Food — August 9, 2016 at 7:42 am

    I want to stick my finger through the screen to get a bit of that frosting.

    • #
      Rachel — August 9, 2016 at 7:51 pm

      Thanks Emily!

  11. #
    cakespy — August 24, 2016 at 7:10 am

    These are utterly necessary in my life right now. Gorgeous.

    • #
      Rachel — August 24, 2016 at 8:14 am

      Thanks so much!

  12. #
    Eden Passante — August 24, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    Yes! These look SO good!

    • #
      Rachel — August 25, 2016 at 4:43 pm

      Thanks, Eden!

  13. #
    elaina durkin — November 15, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    cant wait to make them for my class!

    • #
      Rachel — November 16, 2016 at 8:48 am

      Enjoy! :)

  14. #
    Linda — December 6, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Made them a couple of days ago; total success! Was wondering if they can be made into mini-cupcakes. Thanks!

    • #
      Rachel — December 7, 2016 at 6:58 am

      So glad you enjoyed them, Linda! You could definitely make them into minis. Keep in mind the cook time will be much shorter.

  15. #
    Watermelon Sloth — February 25, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    About how many cupcakes does this recipe make?

    • #
      Rachel — February 26, 2017 at 8:24 am

      The recipe states that it makes 8 cupcakes. Enjoy! :)

  16. #
    Laura — April 10, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Hi! May I use the cream to fill a rainbow cake? It’s for my nephew birthday cake and he doesn’t like cream cheese or buttercream frosting. It’ll be enough to fill 4 layers or I must double or triple de recipe? Thank you for your answer and greets from Buenos Aires, Argentina

    • #
      Rachel — April 11, 2017 at 6:59 am

      The cream filling from cookies isn’t the right consistency for filling a cake, so I wouldn’t recommend it unless you try to alter it a bit.

  17. #
    Lizz — April 19, 2017 at 1:07 am

    Can you tell me how many cupcakes you got from this recipe?

  18. #
    Lizz — April 19, 2017 at 1:12 am

    Never mind – I just found at the top of the page there are 8/recipe. Sorry

    • #
      Rachel — April 19, 2017 at 7:13 am

      No worries. Enjoy!! :)

  19. #
    Sandor — April 27, 2017 at 10:32 am

    These cupcakes are amazing!

    • #
      Rachel — April 27, 2017 at 6:19 pm

      So glad you enjoyed them! :)

  20. #
    om.solaf — May 3, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    I like it,
    Please which tip you use for decorate the cream.

  21. #
    Gail Johnson Draper — May 5, 2017 at 6:33 am

    The cupcakes are beautiful! Can I ask what tip you used to frost them please?

  22. #
    Jana — May 29, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    Hi! These cupcakes look delicious, would you be able to tell me the doubled recipe if I wanted to make about 24?

    • #
      Rachel — May 30, 2017 at 6:57 am

      Increase the ingredient quantities until you reach your desired amount. Enjoy!

  23. #
    Kasey Werner — July 14, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Made these yesterday and they are fabulous!! The cupcakes were so rich and moist and the frosting was to die for. All the friends I shared them with loved them too!

    • #
      Rachel — July 16, 2017 at 8:12 am

      So glad to hear everyone enjoyed them, Kasey! :)

  24. #
    Tammy — August 10, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Hi. These look great. I need to make a dozen. do I triple the ingredients?

    • #
      Rachel — August 11, 2017 at 7:55 am

      Doubling would be sufficient.

  25. #
    Britnie — August 20, 2017 at 12:05 am

    Hi! I just made these and while delicious, mine came out a little dry :( any suggestion as to what to do different or what to add more or less of? Thanks!

    • #
      Rachel — August 20, 2017 at 7:01 am

      They definitely shouldn’t be dry. It’s possible that your measurements were off a bit or your oven may be running hot. Beyond that, to off-set any issues you’re having, you can always attempt adding an extra egg or a few more tablespoons of sour cream. I can’t guarantee how they’ll turn out if you alter the original ingredients though.

  26. #
    Liz — September 16, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    These cupcakes are wonderful! I have baked them on several occasions for my friends, and each time they disappear astonishingly quickly.

    • #
      Rachel — September 18, 2017 at 6:47 am

      So glad everyone has enjoyed them, Liz! :)

  27. #
    DM — September 19, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Hi Rachel,

    I’m relatively new to baking. Can I change the recipe to make a whole cake? Even without the amazing frosting, the cake base was AMAZING. I made this for my friends on our local police force, and they were eating the extra frosting with a spoon!

    • #
      Rachel — September 20, 2017 at 6:58 am

      So glad to hear everyone enjoyed it! Thank you for sharing! You should be able to make one 8-inch cake from this recipe. You’ll need to watch and test the cake to see when it’s done, as the overall bake time will be different from cupcakes. Good luck! :)

  28. #
    Meiber — February 9, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    What kind of chocolate do you mix with the milk? Can you give me an example

    • #
      Rachel — February 11, 2018 at 6:14 pm

      Check the baking aisle in your local store. They should have bars that are specific for baking.

  29. #
    Marisol — February 25, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    Hi! 2 questions:

    1. Can i add an oreo cookie to the bottom of the cupcake before putting the batter and still use your recipe?

    2. For the semi-sweet chocolate, are baking morsels okay?

    So excited to make these for my daughter’s birthday. :)

    • #
      Rachel — February 26, 2018 at 7:47 am

      The cookie should be fine. As far as the chocolate goes, I’d only recommend the chocolate chips if you have a scale to measure, otherwise I’d recommend a bar or baking squares that are pre-portioned.

  30. #
    Gina — May 5, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    I made these to bring in to work for my birthday, and they were a huge hit- I put an oreo at the bottom of each cupcake liner. I tripled the recipe to get 24 cupcakes, but this made way more than that. I doubled the icing and that was more enough to cover more tripled batter. In the future I think I’ll just double the recipe to get ~24 cupcakes (I’m sure mine are smaller, just the standard size with two trays with 12 cupcakes each).

    • #
      Rachel — May 6, 2018 at 9:18 am

      So glad everyone enjoyed them, Gina! :)

  31. #
    Gina G — May 11, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    I only used the icing recipe. I’m a homebaker and I was looking for one that looked and tasted delicious. I chose yours after looking at all the photos from people who attempted your recipe on Pinterest! There were so many! I took your recipe and tweaked it a little. I used 1/2 cup of salted butter instead of 1/4 cup of unsalted butter. I added the white centers of the oreo cookies that were scraped off. I increased the oreo cookie crumbs to a little more than a 1/2 cup because with the extra butter and white stuff I had more icing to work with. This was delicious! It was enough for 27 cupcakes. I will be adding my cupcake photo to Pinterest later. Thank you so much for a wonderful baseline recipe! I will be trying more of your recipes. They all sound delicious! Happy Baking and thank you for sharing your sweet talent!

    • #
      Rachel — May 12, 2018 at 7:58 am

      So glad you enjoyed it, Gina! Thanks for sharing. :)

  32. #
    Brandi — October 30, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    For the crumbs do you leave the cream in there or just the outsides

    • #
      Rachel — November 5, 2019 at 7:19 am

      Just the cookie crumbs, no cream filling. :)

  33. #
    Shwetha Bhat — June 22, 2020 at 9:58 am

    Hi ma’am any substitute for egg

    • #
      Rachel — June 22, 2020 at 10:17 am

      I can’t promise how substitutions will turn out, since I haven’t tested them myself. But your best bet would be to try 3-4 tablespoons of vegetable oil or applesauce.

  34. #
    Oliver — August 23, 2022 at 11:53 pm

    Do you put cream cheese salted, sweet or normal? I made it salted and it was bad.

    • #
      Rachel — September 5, 2022 at 7:44 am

      The frosting did not call for salt or salted cream cheese. Original cream cheese bricks should be used for the frosting. Follow the directions and ingredients as written for best results.

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