Mocha Cookie Crumble Cupcakes

These Mocha Cookie Crumble Cupcakes are full of chocolate cookie chunks and mocha flavor.  They are a perfectly decadent cupcake worth biting into.

So the other day my daughter and I went out to get groceries.
And she asked the question she always asks when we go out…
“Can we get coffee?”
Since I had it in my head to drag her to at least 3 stores that I was sure of,
I figured I better sweeten the deal for her.

“Sure.  Why not, I replied.”
We got to the coffee shop, parked, and went in.

I had an ulterior motive for going into the store instead of the drive thru…
these cupcakes have been swirling around in my head since the last time we stopped at Starbucks.
So…I knew I had to “pick up” a few extra green straws.
Oh, all right.
I was going to steal a bunch when we left.  You got me:-)

Mocha Cookie Crumble Cupcakes - chocolate cupcakes with a fun mocha frosting and chocolate cookie chunks

My daughter ordered the Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino,
while I went with my all time favorite, the Mocha Coconut. (so happy it is here again)
Then on to JoAnn Fabrics to get lost in fun things.
We picked out paper for birthday invitations, looked at fabric, checked out the clearance,
and found a jumbo muffin pan that I had been looking for.
It was a successful trip with no complaining that I had been there too long.
Thank you coffee!

We headed to the checkout with our “treasures” and a gift card.
The girl at the counter was more than happy to help us and
asked what kind of muffins I was going to be making.
Being the spur of the moment baker and blogger that I am,
I replied that I wasn’t sure yet…
and that I was a baking blogger and bought pans “just because” all the time.

cupcake collage

She was so sweet and even asked the name of my blog.
Now usually I am shy and don’t mention too much to real life people about my blog.
They don’t usually understand what I am talking about and
why I would bake treats for people I don’t know or can’t see.
Food bloggers, you understand right?

Fortunately, she seemed to be into blogs and
we talked about muffins and cupcakes for a few minutes.
The whole time I was smiling really big because I was brave and shared
my blogging passion with a real life, oxygen breathing
human that I could have reached out and touched.

cupcake collage2

My daughter and I got back in the van and headed to the next store.
I was kind of on a high from sharing, and so I was recapping the convo with my girl…
who really could have cared less that her shy mom gave out her blog name.
She just looked at me and laughed and said,
“Dude, you have stuff in your teeth.”

Are you kidding me?
Darn you delicious mocha coconut!!!
You took me down with your delicious floating coconut flakes!

Yup, yours truly had chocolatey coconut flakes in between my pearly whites.
No wonder the girl was so sweet and kind.
She was probably thinking what kind of moron baker walks around
showing off food in her teeth?

I wanted to die!
So much for that sharing high…
where is that shovel to bury myself with?

Now I am just hoping she forgets the blog name,
since I didn’t have any business cards with me to hand out. (thank goodness for procrastination this time)

My theory…she isn’t going to remember me anyway.
But just in case, I will avoid JoAnn’s for about a month!
Mocha Cookie Crumble Cupcakes - chocolate cupcakes with a fun mocha frosting and chocolate cookie chunks

Baking always helps relieve whatever kind of funk I am in.
And baking with kids is a really good way to forget embarrassing moments…
instead you begin to worry about egg shells floating around in the cake batter:-)
And did they just lick their fingers and then break more cookie chunks?

Since apparently coconut isn’t my friend right now,
I decided to make the cookie drink into a fun cupcake.

Chocolate and coffee…yes, please.
They were so yummy and made me kind of forget my crash and burn experience.

Thank goodness my husband took most of the cupcakes to work with him.
And then kids finished off all the pretty ones in the fridge.


Oh lookee what I just found in the fridge…a few extra cupcakes hiding in a box.
It was stressful remembering the traumatic coconut experience…
don’t judge me for eating cupcakes at midnight:-)

Mocha Cookie Crumble Cupcakes

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Yield: 30 cupcakes

Mocha Cookie Crumble Cupcakes

Chocolate cupcakes get a fun twist from coffee and chocolate cookies.


For the Cupcakes
1 chocolate cake mix (18 oz.)
1 cup brewed coffee, cooled
4 eggs
1/4 cup vanilla yogurt
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 box instant chocolate pudding mix (3.4 oz. box)
2 cups chocolate cookie chunks
1/4 cup chocolate cookie crumbs, reserved for topping
For the Mocha Butter Cream
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon coffee extract
4 Tablespoons mocha coffee creamer
1/4 cup dark cocoa powder
4 cups powdered sugar


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, pudding mix, coffee, eggs, yogurt, and melted butter. Beat on low speed for 1 minute. Increase speed and beat on medium for 2 minutes. The batter will be very thick. Stir in the cookie chunks by hand.
  2. Fill cupcake liners 1/2 full. Bake at 350* for about 18 minutes. Cool on wire rack.
  3. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter, shortening, salt, extract and coffee creamer. Slowly add the cocoa powder and powdered sugar until all is incorporated. Beat on medium speed for another minute or until creamy. Top cupcakes with Mocha Butter Cream. Sprinkle with extra cookie crumbs. Makes 30 cupcakes.


If you like a generous amount of frosting on your cupcakes, double the frosting recipe.
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  1. says

    Those. look. so. good. Wow.
    As soon as I saw that little green straw poking out of the cupcake, I knew you had taken a trip to the ‘bucks. :)

  2. says

    Girl, you rock the cupcakes!!! And I LOVE LOVE LOVE the story. I totally hope that woman DOES remember your website, at least then she will read this story :) Too cute.

  3. says

    Your story was so funny! With this cold of mine, I needed a good laugh. But, there is nothing funny about how yummy these cupcakes look. I’m pinning them with pleasure and so happy that you linked up at Weekend Potluck.

  4. says

    Nice! I spotted some Green Mountain Breakfast Blend in there…

    Funny I NEVER mention my blog to “real life people”… I’m kinda shy because they always look at me with a questioning look… I think they picture me sitting in front of my computer with PJ’s on shoveling cake in my face… who’s kidding I totally do that from time to time! And If I had these cupcakes right now I’m sure I’d be doing that as I type!

  5. says

    YUM!! And this totally cracked me up :) whenever I grocery shop, sometimes the checkers will remark that I have “a LOT of cake mix–what are you baking?” and I’ll have to divulge I have a blog and they NEVER understand. “So people don’t order from you?” No. “So you’re not a store?” NO! Just bake treats for invisible friends, that’s all :) & btw, I have yet to try this frapp but I am IN.LOVE. with the mocha coconut one. It’s the best! But this looks pretty darn tasty, too!

  6. says

    I want one… please!! These look divine. BTW… I’m totally happy to be your imaginary friend and you can keep on baking little goodies for me… deal? You crack me up with your hilarious storytelling – too funny!

  7. says

    Oh my beautiful dear lord. You made my favorite Starbucks frap into my favorite dessert…cupcakes! You are officially my new blog idol, lol!

    These look amazing, cannot wait to try them! You definitely earned a new follower – I am excited to see what else you tempt my taste buds with.

    I’d love for you to follow my blog. Maybe we can link up! New blog friends make me :)

  8. says

    Hi-five to my partner in straw-stealing! These cupcakes are awesome. I had to chuckle a bit abut your story, but hey, it happens to everyone! I know I’ve been there SO MANY TIMES. And you need to get your kids on board with the outing you as a blogger thing. Jordan just tells everyone we meet “hi I’m Jordan and my mom is Crazy for Crust.” Seriously.

  9. says

    YUM! These look dangerous! :) I love mocha flavored sweet treats too. Thanks for sharing this great post on Saturday Show & Tell @ Cheerios and Lattes last week! :) Hope to see you again this weekend! :)

  10. says

    I just got done making these cupcakes…they are absolutely amazing! I have to admit that I measured out my yogurt, but then forgot to add it into my batter…the cupcakes were still very moist and delicious. Thank you for sharing. I will be trying the White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino Cupcakes next…my daughter thanks you in advance:)

  11. says

    You are a genius! I’m amazed at what you produce in the kitchen. These look so good!!! I like the cupcake on the desk in from of your MAC, that’s my kind of girl. Totally what I do everyday (except I don’t usually have such a yummy cupcake in front of me!) Tanya @lemonsforlulu

  12. says

    I totally understand where you are coming from! “Real” people just don’t always get the whole bloging thing! I am your newest follower! Stopping by from Unique Sweets Dessert Challenge. I would love to have you link up at Food Friends Friday linky party! It will be up on my blog on Friday!


  13. says

    OMG those look so delicious – totally foodie moment when you steal straws from Starbucks for your cupcakes. I think most people look at me like I’m crazy when I say I food blog. My husband for some reason thinks I’m like uber popular and about to have a Food Network show and cookbook series deal. LOL.

    Stopping by from Sweet Tooth Tuesday 😉

  14. Georgia says

    You take such good photos I am so jealous :)
    Also, I understand what you mean about being shy and not mentioning about your blog to people. I don’t even tell my friends about my whole food blogging obsession.. No one at school would understand.

    But that is the great part of blogging. You can share what you love with other people who appriciate it.

  15. Susie says

    OMG Jocelyn- sorry to have read above “bio” just now. Always thought BruCrew were bloggers who made their own beer !(and also liked to cook and bake) Someone hand me a coffee,quick. You’ll have to forgive me.Have 2 grown sons who are both jumping on the “home brew” bandwagon…

    • says

      Nope, no beer brewing going on over here. LOL I never thought about how close my blog name is to home brewers. Glad you stopped by and realized that I am just all about cake and muffins :-)

  16. Kristin K says

    Thanks so much for this recipe!

    In case anyone else has the same issues I had while shopping for supplies, I figured I would post what I did… I couldn’t find an 18 oz cake mix so I used a 16.5 oz mix (Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge) instead. I also couldn’t find any mocha creamer for some strange reason, so I just used milk.
    (As an aside, I was intimidated by the tablespoon of coffee extract and was worried it was a typo, so I only used a teaspoon instead.)

    These were so so so so good! Will definitely be making them again!

    • says

      Hi, Kristin. The slight difference in cake size will not affect these cupcakes at all. And milk is a great substitute for the creamer. As for the extract…I did use the full Tablespoon. Coffee enhances chocolate and I wanted to give it a more mocha flavor. I am so glad to hear you liked them and will make them again :-)


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