Recipe | Nutella Cookie Dough Cupcakes

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Hmm. A couple things.

Thing number one... it's hard to ignore the Nutella trend going on. I'm seeing it on Pinterest almost daily. So, finally, I tried it. My reaction? Picture a 3 year old shoving food in their mouth. Yeah, that was me. I know, lovely visual, right? ;)

Thing number two.. cookie dough is delicious but I'm not a huge cookie dough person. After making Cookie Dough Dip using Chickpeas, I was determined to continue making this delicious treat... but I can't bring myself to make the exact same recipe over and over and over. Gotta reinvent. It's an addiction of some sort.

So... how do I combine Cookie Dough Dip with Nutella?  Put it in a cupcake? 

Hmmm... it does sound like a great idea...  and, as it turns out, 'twas. Don't you love when that happens?


for the cake:
  • 1 package Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 can La Croix (or Sparkling Water)
for the Homemade Cookie Dough:
  • 1 can Chick Peas, drained
  • 3 tablespoons Cashew butter (or Almond butter. Peanut butter also works but definitely adds a peanut-ey taste).
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup Chocolate Chips
for the icing:
  • 1 tub Cool Whip
  • 3 tablespoons Nutella
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine cake ingredients until well mixed. Pour 2/3 into paper-lined cupcake tin and bake for 18-22 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, combine all cookie dough ingredients -- EXCEPT for chocolate chips -- in a bowl and mix well. I used a magic bullet but wouldn’t be surprised if a high powered blender is also effective. I’ve also tried using a hand-held blender and have to say that’s probably my favorite method.
  4. Once there are no longer any visible whole chick peas, add chocolate chips and stir.
  5. Remove cupcakes from the oven and let cool. Then, using the back-end of a frosting tip (a knife or spoon will also work), remove a hole in the center that is less than an inch deep.
  6. Fill hole with cookie dough. I used two spoons to do this but am thinking that it would also work in a ziplock bag with an end corner cut off. Leave a bit of cookie dough poking out the top as an obvious sign of what’s inside.
  7. To prepare frosting, combine cool whip and nutella and mix on medium for 1 minute. Scrape unmixed parts down into the bowl and then mix on high for 2 minutes or until all frosting has become a consistent color.
  8. Pipe frosting around the cupcake. I chose not to cover the cookie dough, because I was making a few different types of cupcakes this day and wanted it to be easy to keep track of which was which.
**For best results, refrigerate cupcakes when they’re not being consumed!**


  1. oh heavenly! These sound absolutely delicious! xoxo

  2. That looks amazing :) I am going to have to try this! Thanks for sharing!!

  3. How creative and thanks for sharing. I repined it from the hop.

  4. Wow...these look awesome!. Repinned from the Pinterest hop, but probably would have pinned anyway. YUM!



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