clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon
cookie dough buttercream frosting in a bowl

Cookie Dough Buttercream Frosting

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4-5 cups
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: American


This cookie dough frosting combines real safe-to-eat cookie dough with deliciously creamy homemade buttercream. Make the cookie dough first, then fold into the buttercream. Review recipe notes before beginning.


Cookie Dough

  • 2 and 1/4 cups (281g) heat-treated all-purpose flour* (spoon & leveled)
  • 2 and 1/4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (12 Tbsp; 170g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup (200g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) pasteurized egg whites, at room temperature*
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (180g) mini semi-sweet chocolate chips


  • 1 cup (2 sticks; 230g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon heavy cream or milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups (360g) confectioners’ sugar, sifted


  1. Make the cookie dough: In a medium bowl, whisk the heat-treated flour, cornstarch, and salt together. Set aside. Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed in a large bowl until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Add the brown sugar and mix on medium until light and fluffy, about 3 full minutes. Using a rubber spatula, scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl as needed. Add the egg whites and vanilla extract and mix until fully incorporated, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add half of the flour mixture and mix on low just until the powdery texture of the flour disappears, about 15 seconds. Immediately add the rest of the flour mixture and mix until combined. Remove the bowl from the mixer and use a rubber spatula to fold in the chocolate chips.
  3. Freeze or refrigerate the cookie dough as you prepare the buttercream portion of the recipe.
  4. Make the buttercream: Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter in a large bowl on medium speed for 3 minutes, or until light, fluffy, and completely smooth. Add the vanilla extract, milk, and salt and beat until combined. Using a rubber spatula, scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl as needed. Add the confectioners’ sugar, then beat on low speed for 15 seconds. Switch to medium-high speed and beat the frosting until super light and fluffy, about 4-5 minutes. The frosting will become lighter in color as air is whipped into it.
  5. Break the cookie dough into quarter-size chunks. (If desired, save enough dough to make little cookie dough ball garnishes for the top of your cake/cupcakes–  or save some for snacking, there’s plenty of cookie dough!) With the mixer running on medium speed, add the cookie dough chunks. Mix just until incorporated– some chunks can remain.
  6. You can spread the frosting onto a cake or cupcakes with a knife or icing spatula or apply with a large round piping tip. (The cookie dough chunks will get stuck in a smaller tip.)
  7. Use immediately or cover tightly and store for up to 1 week in the refrigerator or up to 3 months in the freezer. After freezing, thaw in the refrigerator then beat the frosting on medium speed for a few seconds so it’s creamy again. Adding a splash of heavy cream or milk will help thin the thawed or refrigerated frosting out again, if needed.


  1. Heat Treated Flour: See note/instructions below this recipe or purchase it online.
  2. Pasteurized Egg Whites: You can purchase pasteurized egg whites in a carton at most major grocery stores. I like the brand AllWhites. Do not purchase products with egg whites and yolks combined, as those are not recommended for cookie dough recipes. Or you can pasteurize the egg whites yourself– lots of easy tutorials available if you give it a quick search online! If you’d rather not use egg whites, substitute 2 Tablespoons cornstarch whisked with 1/3 cup room temperature milk. Whole milk is best, but 2% or even nondairy milks work too.
  3. Quantity: This recipe is enough for 14-16 cupcakes, a 9×13 inch quarter sheet cake, or a 2 layer cake. For a 3 layer cake, I recommend 1.5x the recipe to ensure you have enough for each layer.

Recipe from Hello, Cookie Dough cookbook by Kristen Tomlan

Keywords: chocolate chip cookie dough