Cream Cheese Cookie Dough Frosting

So… I may or may not be OBSESSED with Sweet Tooth Fairy Cupcakes. Their cupcake flavors are brilliant and delicious. I love my cupcakes moist and that is exactly what their texture is. But lets be honest for a moment… it is their frosting that gets me every time. I am not even a frosting person, so that is saying something.

Back in April, a group of bloggers went and visited/devoured some cupcakes. I had the privileged of sampling their Cookie Dough Cupcake with Cookie Dough Frosting. While you are not getting a cookie dough cupcake today, you better believe you are getting a cookie dough frosting recipe… a cream cheese cookie dough frosting recipe. I have been determined to make my own ever since sampling their delectable cupcake.

I used this Copycat Cookies and Cream Sweet Tooth Fairy Frosting as my base and adapted it from there. You can also find an adaption for a Salted Caramel Frosting that is DELISH!

*Disclaimer Side note: This frosting is eggless, but I have had some readers tell me that there can be a small risk with consuming raw flour, so eat at your own risk :)

Cream Cheese Cookie Dough Frosting from ...This frosting is incredible! Seriously, you need to make it to see for yourself!

They piped their frosting on like so… BUT this frosting can be pretty thick and I think it looks more like “cookie dough” to just scoop it on. Either way, it still tastes the same :)

Cream Cheese Cookie Dough Frosting from ...This frosting is incredible! Seriously, you need to make it to see for yourself!

WARNING: you may not even make it to the cupcake before you dig in with your spoon :)

4.6 from 5 reviews
Cream Cheese Cookie Dough Frosting
This frosting is incredible! Seriously, you need to make it to see for yourself!
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24 cupcakes
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 5 Tbsp. butter, softened
  • ⅔ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 envelope Dream Whip, you can omit this. It just helps a little with the consistency
  • 2 Tbsp. milk, more if needed to reach desired consistency
  • ½ cup flour
  • 3 cups powdered sugar, more if needed to reach desired consistency
  • ⅔ cup mini chocolate chips
  1. Cream softened cream cheese and butter together in a large bowl.
  2. Add brown sugar, vanilla and Dream Whip and evenly beat together.
  3. Add milk, flour and powdered sugar and beat to evenly incorporate until smooth. (If you need to add a little milk to thin it, feel free to do so. I prefer my frosting thick so I never needed to)
  4. Stir in mini chocolate chips.
  5. I like to cover my plastic frosting bowl with saran wrap and stick it in the fridge for about 15 minutes. It thickens up pretty nicely :) You don't have to do that step though.
  6. Frost cupcakes and eat up!


If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #chefintraining and/or #chefintrainingblog. I would love to see how these recipes take shape in your kitchens.

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  1. Tieghan

    Nikki, this is incredible! You are right, I am think I just need to make this and eat it with a spoon. It really looks and sounds THAT GOOD!

  2. Kristi

    Yum! This cupcake looks delicious, and salted caramel is my absolute favorite.

  3. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    Nikki this looks CRAZY good. You don't even need cupcakes for this - just a big spoon :) Pinned!

  4. Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later!

    I have been waiting for this post since you showed that picture on instagram! Holy yum! I am not a frosting lover either, but this looks & sounds amazing!!! Pinning for sure!

  5. Julie V.

    Oh my goodness this looks amazing. Definitely pinned so I remember to make it one day!

  6. Holly

    Nikki... This frosting sounds To. Die. For!!! I know mine wont make it to the cupcakes when I make it! Lol

  7. Maria

    Is there any way to make this gluten free?

    1. ellyn

      To make this frosting gluten free, substitute cornstarch for the flour.

    2. Stephanie

      Just swap out the flour for some rice or potato flour. I do it all the time.

  8. Eddie Ray

    What if you can't find Dream Whip? What's a substitute? Is it possible to make this without dream Whip? Also, is there a way to make homemade dream whip? Sorry for all the questions I'm just really excited for this recipe...

    1. Ana

      I used the Kroger (my local grocery store) version of dream whip. It's called whipped topping mix and it does the exact same thing. Check the baking isle at your grocery store.

    2. Jill

      I used a tub of whipped topping. The texture might have been different, but it was still delicious! I am going to get Dream Whip for the next time I make this. I know where to get it now, but someone also suggested looking at mom and pop grocers that carry funny little things like that.

    3. Sharon

      The Dream Whip is in the jello aisle in any grocery store

  9. crystal

    Looks delicious and I only have one question, what is dream whip?

  10. Shaina

    Oh my god my mouth is watering as I read this post. Cookie dough...frosting...cupcakes...I want it allllll

  11. Renee @ Awesome on $20

    I think cream cheese improves any frosting. Have you tried peanut butter cream cheese frosting? It's ridiculous. I can't wait to try this out.

    1. lorraine potter

      hi do you have the receipe for the cream cheese and peanut butter frosting plz

  12. Jill

    What is dream whip?! Substitution?

    1. Karen

      Dream whip is a powder mix that you add milk and vanilla to and beat until light and fluffy like cool whip it is found in the jello isle or sometimes in the baking secton

  13. Nessa

    It totally wouldn't make it past my mouth!

  14. Nicole

    Oh. My. Yum. I think I would definitely be eating this straight from the bowl ... no cupcake needed! It looks AhhhMazing!

  15. Kristi-Anna

    Ok, this looks amazing... but what if you don't have Dream Whip? Is there a substitute, or can it be omitted?

  16. carrian

    I've been waiting for you all my life... mmmmm

  17. emily

    oh yum! That seriously does look like cookie dough!!!

  18. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen

    Nom! Nikki, these cupcakes with your special Cream Cheese Cookie Dough frosting delish! Cannot wait to make these! Lovely photography, too. Thanks for sharing! Pinning! xo

  19. Mattea

    Thanks so much for this amazing website Nicki!! I have made a lot of things from here and they are all Heavenly!! :) This was a huge seller at a party I went to!! I couldn't have one because they were gone right away..I guess I will have to make them again :) :) I used the tooth fairy cupcake and this frosting!! Again, HEAVENLY!! :)

  20. LaLa

    This sounds awesome! Especially on some chocolate cupcakes!!

  21. Amanda

    This may be a silly question, but do you just add the packet of dream whip, or do you prepare it, and then add it?

    1. Chef in Training

      just add the packet, don't prepare :)

    2. Patricia Truel

      i read thru 35 comments to get to your question! thanks for asking...

  22. Desiree

    This looks yummy, but I'm with a few other posts, what is dream whip & where can I get it. I don't have a Kroger closer than 2 hours away so that suggestion i saw posted won't work for me. I really want to try this!

  23. SARAH Melton

    What is Dream WHip?

  24. Heather

    This icing is great! Made some tonight for cupcakes I'm taking to a party tomorrow. Was skeptical at first because not all recipes I've come across on pinterest have worked out well(I found this site from pinterest) but this is very delicious. So good in fact that I raked the bowl clean after icing the cupcakes and stored the itty bitty leftovers in a container...dunno what I will do with it, but it was just too good to waste even if it was only a tablespoon or so left.

  25. Elayna

    This looks AMAZING!! Is there something that can be used in place of the Dream Whip?

  26. CJ

    I made this today for my husbands birthday cake. I had no problem finding Dream Whip on the baking aisle at walmart. I did stop at 1 cup of powdered sugar...I was scared the frosting would be overly sweet. 1 cup was plenty sweet for me :) Most likely will make it again but will probably cut out more sugar.

  27. karina

    Hi Nikki
    Just dying to make this cream cheese frosting - it looks yum! Please can you help me out though ... what is Dream Whip? And how much is contained in an envelope? (I live in South Africa, and we don't get that here.)

    1. Chef in Training

      It is just a powdered mix. Amazon and walmart carry it but I am not sure if you are able to get it there. You can definitely omit it and just use a little more powdered sugar. it will still taste great!

    2. Christen

      Hey Karina, I'm also in South Africa and was also wondering what Dream Whip is... I'm going to google it now. Was excited to see someone else from SA on here :) This sounds SO yum and I can't wait to try it.

    3. Roxanna

      when you use cream cheese in frosting, do you have to store the cupcakes in the refrigerator? I don't like cakes that are stored in the fridge.

  28. Jackie

    I cannot wait to try this recipe. If I prepare them the day before serving, do these need to be refrigerated overnight? And if so, should these be refrigerated up until serving? Thanks!

  29. Michelle

    Omg, ive just been asked 2 do some cupcakes for my friends daughters party but her daughter isnt keen on frosting. But found out she adores choc chip cookies so i will be whipping up a batch of this 4 her 2 try. Xxx

  30. Leah W.

    I have been looking for a recipe like this for a loonngg time! Thanks so much for sharing. I'm not sure how much of this is actually gonna make it on the cupcakes, but we will see. ;)

  31. Justina

    I make a lot of home made icings/frostings but I've never heard of putting flour into it :/ is that just to help with the stiffness or a taste thing ??

    1. Chef in Training

      Its just helps it taste a little more like cookie dough flavor :)

    2. Reenie

      And it truly does--that, and the brown sugar. Great job!

  32. Reenie

    Thank you for this fantastic recipe! Just wanted to say that while this recipe truly was incredible as written, I also made it again, substituting Crisco for the cream cheese because I didn't have any, and it was an even bigger hit with the non-cream cheese lovers. Also, before adding the chips, I divided the frosting into two batches and put chips only into one. Loved it. Still tasted like cookie dough frosting--it was wonderful. Oh, and we DO eat just the frosting on a spoon around here!

  33. Grace

    Do you think if I add a tablespoon or two or three of unsweetened cocoa I could make this chocolate? I'm wanting to match the cupcakes!!

  34. Vera Zecevic – Cupcakes Garden

    Hi Nikki,
    I've featured your mouthwatering frosting on my blog, hoping that you don't mind, but if you do, please contact me and I'll remove it. All the best.

  35. Rosie

    Does this frosting need refrigerated overnight?

  36. Tania

    Hi ..also from SAfrica but living in Greece.! Anyone else in SAfrica found a substitute for dream whip ..or maybe in Greece?! And is powdered sugar what we call icing sugar?

    1. Chef in Training

      If you can't find it, it is okay to omit. Just add a little more powdered sugar if necessary :)

  37. Nena

    This is going to be perfect for my hubby's bday cake! What is dream whip though?

    1. Chef in Training

      It is a powdered ingredient that comes in packets. It can be found next to the pie fillings and pie crusts down the baking aisle :) Hope that helps. Let me know if you have any other questions!

  38. Hannah

    For the gluten free version, would I add the entire 1/2 cup of cornstarch?

  39. Ruchika Shrivastava

    how many tbsp is one envelope of dream cream? I got a similar stuff but dont know how much to put in.

  40. Ruchika Shrivastava

    also wont the flour make the frosting a bit bland? I always thought we need to bake with the flour In anything

  41. Raina

    Is there any substitute that can be used for the dream whip?

  42. Jessica Strauther

    What is Dream whip?

  43. Deborah

    Wow! that's definitely a frosting to add to my recipes! Thanks so much for sharing it.

  44. Michele

    It's bromated flour that is bad for the thyroid, so buy "unbromated" flour and you are golden! Hope this helps for people who are worried about eating raw flour. I buy "Wheat Montana" flour... it's unbromated, non-gmo, etc, etc. Hope this helps!

  45. Hannah

    For gluten free… how much cornstarch should be used?
    And where would I find Dream Whip?

  46. Marianne

    Why is there flour in it?

  47. Brishna

    Is it ok to eat raw flour ?it kinda sounds unhealthy.

    1. Kristen

      I didn't think you could eat raw flour at all. I've been scrolling down all the comments and can't believe yours is the first to mention this. Is it safe to??

  48. Sara

    What a combo! Cookie Dough and Cupcakes! Both my favorites in one!

  49. Rebecca


    Is there any way to make this gluten free??

  50. Pat Mahan

    You can exchange 1/2 cup of flour with 1/4 cup corn starch. I've done this and it works out well.

  51. Sandy

    This frosting sounds absolutely great, and unfortunately one we probably shouldn't indulge in very often :). However, I have a problem w/ the "risk" in consuming raw flour. What KIND of risk? If you are allergic to wheat, you couldn't have flour raw OR cooked. Otherwise, I think if you take a look at 21st century milling processes, you will find that common white flour has pretty much had everything taken out of it. At this point in time, it almost has no nutritional value. I do think that there are many people out there today that are becoming afraid to eat almost anything- due to "inherent risk". This should stop. Now. I have never seen "died from eating raw flour" on anyone's gravestone and I'm 100% confident that I never will.

  52. That Skinny Elephant

    I love all things chocolate and Cookie Dough!! What is Dream whip? I'm from Malaysia and I have not come across that term before.
    Thanks for sharing!!

  53. tracy

    Why is flour added ?

  54. Michelle

    Just made this frosting. Only needed to use 2 cups of powdered sugar and it was awesome! My son who loves anything chocolate chip cookie dough loved it. Will definitely keep this in my permanent recipe file.

  55. stevie


    Just made these and the hubs thought I actually frosted the cupcakes with cookie dough! Perfect! Didn't have cow's milk in the house, coconut milk was fine! Taking these to work tomorrow ;)

  56. Zeal Desai

    What kind of flour do we use, all purpose flour?

    1. Chef in Training

      yes all purpose

  57. Kristen

    Is it safe to eat raw flour?

  58. Fun size wife


    will powdered egg white work in place of the Dream Whip?

  59. Stephanie

    Absolutely nauseating. This frosting is sickly sweat and the recipe could use some tweaking. Does not taste good on cupcakes. Maybe as apple dip or on graham crackers.

  60. Indialily


    Also, what you can do is measure out your flour and put it on parchment lined pan spread out and bake it for 15 mins at 350

  61. Jackie

    Can you leave flour out

  62. Tammy Schick


    Oh. My. Word! This is SO good! I started making Cookie Dough Cupcakes for my son when he was in middle school. They have been his GO-TO Birthday dessert for YEARS! He had some friends over last night to celebrate his 22nd Birthday and I decided to switch it up and topped them with this frosting. They were a HUGE HIT! Thanks for helping me be the Bomb Mom even after my kids have become adults. :0)