Mini Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcakes with Browned Butter Pumpkin Spice Frosting

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Chocolate chip cookie cupcakes are delicious cupcakes in their own right. But when paired with browned butter pumpkin spice frosting, this easy dessert recipe becomes one of the best gluten-free pumpkin recipes for fall!

No other words are needed besides the title. Listen to this – Mini Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcakes with Browned Butter Pumpkin Spice Frosting. It’s a mouthful, but it’s a mouthful of YUMMMMMMM!

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So I took some liberties with the theme this month. I mean, it’s not a cake. Technically, they aren’t even cupcakes. But they look like cupcakes, right? Cookie cups ≈ cupcakes ≈ cake. But I have a 7-month old who doesn’t even meet the minimum requirement of 5 consecutive hours to be considered “sleeping through the night”. When you’ve spent months running on night after night of broken sleep, that kind of  cake math makes perfect sense.

What kind of math doesn’t make any sense at all? Little kid sleep math. For those of you who have had kids or currently have little ones, you know exactly what I am talking about. For those of you who haven’t, let me explain.

2 hour morning nap = 2 hour afternoon nap

2 hour morning nap + 2 hour morning nap = 10-12 solid hours of sleep at night

1 hour morning nap + 30 minute afternoon nap = 3 hours + 2 hours + 3 hours of sleep at night

30 minute morning nap = 10 minute afternoon nap

10 solid hours of sleep at night = older kid who always sleeps though the night wakes up screaming at 2am

older kid takes 1 hour afternoon nap = 12 hours of sleep at night

older kid takes 2 hour afternoon nap = 7 hours of sleep at night

Do you see where I am going? Yeah, neither do I, since I can barely see two feet in front of me at this point.

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Well I don’t know about you, but when I am sleep-deprived (not to mention burning millions of calories nursing my growing baby eleventy billion times a night day), I want to eat ALL.THE.THINGS. Especially sweet, chocolaty, pumpkinninny things like these little chocolate chip cookie cupcakes.

I may or may not have had a nice healthy cocoa pumpkin spice smoothie for a snack the other night… then snuck into my freezer to grab two one of these Mini Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcakes with Browned Butter Pumpkin Spice Frosting. I may or may not be eating another one two now.

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The folks at Pillsbury were awesome enough to send me some of their Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, so I used that to make these mini cookie cups.

Let me tell you, whether you are gluten free or not, these gluten free chocolate chip cookie cupcakes are buttery and crisp and delicious.

There is no funny taste or weird texture. I want to find a go-to gluten free chocolate chip cookie recipe, but until that time, and in a pinch, I would definitely use this dough again.

Of course, you could certainly use any pre-made or homemade chocolate chip cookie dough.

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And the Browned Butter Pumpkin Spice Frosting. Ohhh, the frosting! There are no words, but I’ll find some. Creamy and sweet, but with plenty of spice and nuttiness from the browned butter to keep the sweetness from being overpowering, and then the pumping really shines through. Pairing this with the chocolate chip cookie cupcakes base was, I must say, a stroke of genius on my part. Perfection!

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My brain goes some crazy places at 3 am.

But if Mini Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcakes with Browned Butter Pumpkin Spice Frosting is crazy, then call me insane. Insane over these yummy little bites.

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What is your favorite cake and frosting combo?

Mini Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcakes with Browned Butter Pumpkin Spice Frosting

Chocolate chip cookies baked into mini cupcake bites, topped with a browned butter pumpkin spice frosting.
Servings: 24

Ingredients

  • One container of Pillsbury Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough or another pre-made or homemade chocolate chip cookie dough (see Note*)
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter divided, 1/2 stick at room temperature
  • 2 T dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 c pumpkin puree not pumpkin pie filling
  • 1/2 t pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 pound box powdered sugar
  • Additional powdered sugar or milk if necessary to adjust consistency

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and spray a mini muffin tin (with 24 cups) with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Divide cookie dough between the 24 cups, about 1 T in each.
  • Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until golden brown and crisp.
  • Cool in pan for several minutes before removing to cooling rack to cool completely.
  • Meanwhile, slowly melt butter in a pan over medium-low heat, then cook slowly until butter is dark golden brown and smells nutty. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  • Place remaining softened 1/2 stick of butter in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat until creamy.
  • Slowly beat in the browned butter, then add the pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice, beating until combined.
  • Gradually add the powdered sugar and beat until thick and fluffy, adding additional milk or powdered sugar to achieve the desired consistency.
  • When the cookie cupcakes are cooled, pipe on or frost with the Browned Butter Pumpkin Spice Frosting.

Notes

If you use another cookie dough, you may have to adjust quantity and/or baking time and temperature.
Frosting barely adapted from Picky Palate.

Disclaimer: Pillsbury provided me with a sample of the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. As always, all opinions are my own.

Enjoy!

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14 Comments
  1. KLorenz

    I have a whole wheat pumpkin chocolate chip bar recipe that could be baked in mini muffin tins and would be an amazing dessert topped with this frosting. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. I was looking at the FB of the CCN and saw your cupcakes and knew I had seen them somewhere else…..on the Improv Linky!
    Love these mini cookie cupcakes, what a great idea to use cookie dough. And the frosting…yum.

    Nazneen

  3. As someone who guards her sleep like the soldiers at Ft. Knox, I do not look back on the baby nights with fondness. Luckily, you have an older child, so you know it will eventually get better. By the time they are teenagers, you will need a bullhorn to get them out of bed. My sons are particularly fond of my beating a pot with a wooden spoon while loudly humming “the stars and stripes forever.”

    Your cookie cupcakes are wonderful. A friend brought me over a batch of the gf cookies from Pillsbury. They are pretty darn tasty. Piling all of that amazing frosting on top would be insanely delicious.

  4. Those frosting “crowns” are simply beautiful!
    (I remember those sleep deprivation days… All too soon you’ll exchange them for waiting up all night for teenagers to arrive home safely. 😉 )

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