Chocolate Chip Lava Cookies

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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 45 mins
Servings: 10 servings
Yield: 10 cookies
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
419 Calories
20g Fat
60g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 10
Amount per serving
Calories 419
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 43mg 14%
Sodium 207mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 60g 22%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 38g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 35mg 3%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 174mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Chocolate lovers rejoice for this deliciously decadent dessert. Nothing can beat the combination of ooey gooey chocolate melting from the center of warm cookies. To make these chocolate chip lava cookies, simply sandwich melted chocolate between two scoops of cookie dough and bake for an easy, satisfying after-dinner treat.

For even more fun, make these lava cookies with a variety of molten filling. Chocolate chip cookies would pair well with white chocolate or dark chocolate filling. You can even melt peanut butter chips! And if the chocolate inside isn’t enough, garnish the cookies with more melted chocolate and serve with a side of plain vanilla ice cream.

These cookies will keep for several days in an airtight container. Before serving, reheat the cookies in the microwave and let them sit if they're too hot. Of course, cookies are always best served fresh. If you want to make this treat ahead of time, prepare the cookies in the muffin pan and refrigerate overnight before baking. The morning of, simply bake as directed.


  • 1 (12-ounce) bag semisweet chocolate chips, divided

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) unsalted butter, softened

  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 large egg

  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

  2. Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin pan with oil spray.

  3. Place 2/3 cup of the chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl and melt the chocolate chips, in 30-second intervals, until completely melted. Set aside.

  4. Combine the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder in a small bowl. Set aside.

  5. Cream together the butter and both sugars in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.

  6. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until well blended. Add the flour mixture and mix until just combined.

  7. Pour the remaining chocolate chips into the bowl and mix until they're evenly distributed.

  8. Place 2 tablespoons of the cookie dough into the bottom of each prepared muffin cup.

  9. Press down on the cookie dough to flatten it, creating a small well in the middle.

  10. Place 1 tablespoon of the melted chocolate over each flattened dollop of cookie dough.

  11. Refrigerate the cups for 3 to 4 minutes.

  12. Scoop 2 more tablespoons of the cookie dough on top of each of the refrigerated cups and press around the edges to seal the melted chocolate in the middle.

  13. Bake on the bottom rack of the oven for 23 to 25 minutes, until golden brown.

  14. Remove the cookies from the oven and run a knife around the edges of each cup to loosen them from the pan.

  15. Let cool for 15 minutes, and then carefully remove the cookie cups by inverting the muffin pan onto a cookie sheet. Serve immediately with vanilla ice cream.

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