This delicious frosting is as sweet as cookie dough and as irresistible! It can be added to any of your favorite desserts to add a dash of creamy decadence.
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Cookie Dough Buttercream Frosting Recipe
All welcome Cookie dough lovers! Here’s a frosting recipe for you to level up all of your favorite cake and cupcakes with. (Or you can just eat it straight out of the bowl, that’s a solid option, too!) This frosting tastes like cookie dough Simply Like cookie dough, but with all the rich, creamy goodness and buttercream!
This frosting is based off of the batter from chocolate chip cookies, so it’s loaded with mini chocolate chips for a pop of texture and chocolatey flavor! The frosting tastes just like vanilla and brown sugar. It’s so sweet and delicious, you won’t be able to resist! Try a small portion. You’ll be glad you did.
Ingredients You’ll Need
You only need standard baking ingredients! This recipe uses so many items that I already have in my kitchen. It’s the perfect thing to whip up when you get a late night sweet tooth. You can find the exact measurements for each of these ingredients in the recipe card located at the end.
- Butter: I used unsalted Butter! Your butter should be soft to ensure that the frosting is smooth.
- Dark Brown SugarDark brown sugar was used for a rich, smokey sweetness.
- Powdered SugarYou need powdered sugar to make frosting that is sweet and smooth.
- All-Purpose Flour: You’ll need to heat treat your flour to make sure it’s safe to eat in your frosting. How to do it is in step 1 below.
- SaltSalt can be added to your entire frosting batch to improve its flavor.
- Milk: This is used to adjust the consistency and color of your cookie dough frosting.
- Vanilla ExtractThis gives your frosting that sweet cookie taste. Use pure vanilla extract if you can!
- Mini Chocolate Chips: I think of cookie dough when I think chocolate chip cookie batter. It has a nostalgic, classic flavor that is delicious. These cookies can be swapped for other favorites cookie mixes-ins.
How to make homemade cookie dough frosting
Easy to make cookie dough frosting! Just remember to heat treat your flour so that it’s free of any bacteria.
- Heat Treat Flour Make sure you heat-treat the flour before adding it to this recipe. You can spread it on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F or heat it in the microwave for about 1 minute and 30 seconds, stirring every 20 seconds to prevent it from burning. To avoid butter melting, let it cool completely before you use it. The flour is safe to eat when it has been cooked.
- Butter Mixture Place the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer. Blend the butter with the paddle attachment. Blend in the brown sugar. Continue beating on medium-high for about 2-3 minutes.
- Add powdered sugar: Scrape the bottom and sides of the mixer, then add the powdered Sugar. Mix on low until the powdered sugar is incorporated. Increase speed to medium-high to beat it even further
- Add the rest of the ingredients to your recipe: Mix the flour with the salt. Beat on low speed until combined. Add 3 tablespoons milk and the vanilla. Blend on medium speed, beating until smooth and fluffy. If frosting becomes too stiff, add another tablespoon of milk to make it smoother.
- Mix-Ins Add the mini chocolate chips by hand.
- Frost: Use to frost your favorite desserts! Avoid using any other piping tip than a large, round tip when frosting cupcakes. Star tips can be blocked by chocolate chips.
Tips to Make the Best Cookies Dough Frosting
These are just a few of the many ways that you can personalize and perfect your cookie dough frosting. You’re going to love how it turns out and want to use it on all of your favorite baked goods!
- Soften Your Butter: To make a buttercream-based frosting that is smooth, soften the butter first before using it. Your frosting might become lumpy if your butter is too dry. Make sure to heat the butter only until it is soft. If it’s melted, it will make your frosting a soupy mess.
- Other Mix-Ins Add whatever you’d like to cookies or frosting. Other options include white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts as well as chopped pecans, butterscotch chips and shredded coconut.
- Delicious Pairings: This flavor of cookie dough frosting can be used with almost any kind of cupcake or cake. This classic recipe is a good example. Yellow cake, White cakeYou can also call it: chocolate cake! More inspiration? Get more inspiration for your next cake recipe Here.
Storing Leftover Frosting
Sometimes, I get a little too excited when making frosting. Then I end up with way more than what I need. This is a good thing! You can freeze cookie dough frosting and enjoy it later. This makes it ideal for making ahead!
- At Room Temperature For 2-3 days, store in a cool, dry location airtight container.
- The Refrigerator: Frosting can be kept in the fridge for approximately 1-2 weeks in an airtight jar.
- Freezer: Your cookie dough frosting can be frozen in an airtight bag or container for 2 to 3 months. When you’re ready to use it, allow to thaw in the fridge overnight, and then let it come to room temperature on the counter.
Note: If you’re wanting to use your refrigerated frosting, allow it to come to room temperature first. This will allow it to freeze more quickly.
Make sure you heat-treat the flour before adding it to this recipe. You can spread it on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F or heat it in the microwave for about 1 minute and 30 seconds, stirring every 20 seconds to prevent it from burning. To avoid butter melting, let it cool completely before you use it. The flour is safe to eat when it has been cooked.
Place the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer. Blend the butter with the paddle attachment. Blend in the brown sugar. Continue beating on medium-high for about 2-3 minutes.
Scrape down the sides of the mixer. Add the powdered sugar. Mix on low until the powdered sugar is incorporated. Increase speed to medium-high to beat it even further
Mix in the flour, salt, and continue beating on low speed until well combined. Add 3 tablespoons of milk to the bowl. Blend on medium speed, beating until smooth and fluffy. If the frosting becomes too stiff add 1-2 tablespoons more milk to get it softened. Continue beating until light and fluffy.
Add the mini chocolate chips by hand.
Use to frost your favorite desserts! Use a large round tip piping tip for frosting cupcakes. Star tips can be blocked by chocolate chips.
Calories3052kcal (153%)Carbohydrates383g (128%)Protein14g (28%)Fat167g (257%)Saturated Fat105g (525%)Polyunsaturated Fat5gMonounsaturated Fat36gTrans Fat6gCholesterol387mg (129%)Sodium1007mg (42%)Potassium247mg (7%)Fiber5g (20%)Sugar324g (360%)Vitamin A4560IU (91%)Vitamin C1mg (1%)Calcium281mg (28%)Iron5mg (28%)
All nutritional information is calculated using third party calculations. This is only an estimate. Each recipe will have a different nutritional value depending on which brands you use, how you measure and what the portion sizes are in each household.