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Chocolate Lava Cookies

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You’ve seen numerous lava cake recipes on my blog, but how about Chocolate Lava Cookies? They were unbelievably tasty!!

Chocolate Lava Cookies broken in half to expose fudge filling

Chocolate Lava Cookies

I’d only heard of this type of cookie recently. My friend, Jen, inspired me with her delicious version stuffed with fudge sauce. I decided to forgo the shortening and went with a butter-based cookie. The aroma of brownies filled the house as I baked batch after batch. Some sprung leaks, others did not. But one thing was consistent, they were all incredibly tasty.


A stack of Chocolate Lava Cookies

How to Stuff Cookies

You may wonder how to get the stuffing into the middle of a cookie. You must start with a larger ball of dough than usual. I took my medium cookie scoop which holds about 2 tablespoons and scooped out balls of rich chocolate dough.

Next, I flatted them onto my parchment-lined cookie sheets using my palm. Not too thin or they’ll tear, but large enough to accommodate some filling. Scoop about a half teaspoon of fudge sauce (mine was thick, you don’t want a pourable sauce) onto the middle of each flattened disc.

Then carefully fold up the sides over the filling, sealing the fudge inside the cookie. Next, I rolled each ball of dough between my palms to make each spherical. Rolling in granulated sugar was the last step before baking.

These were best when freshly baked as the “lava” gets absorbed into the cookie as time passes, but I didn’t hear any complaints from my taste testers!

Chocolate Lava Cookies plated with a glass of milk

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Chocolate Lava Cookies

Chocolate Lava Cookies

Delectable chocolate cookies stuffed with fudge sauce

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Yield 24 cookies


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 8-ounce jar fudge sauce (I used Best Boy brand)
  • Sugar, for rolling


  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Line baking sheets with parchment. Set aside.
  2. Cream butter and sugar. Mix in eggs and vanilla, then cocoa powder. Add baking powder and flour and stir into dough till combined
  3. Scoop out dough balls about the size of a walnut or approximately 2 tablespoons and place dough balls on baking sheets, leaving 2+ inches space between. Flatten each with palm of your hand.
  4. Scoop about a half teaspoon of fudge sauce onto the center of the flattened dough. Fold dough up over fudge and seal well. Roll into a ball between your palms. Repeat with rest of dough and fudge. Roll in granulated sugar
  5. Bake for 12 minutes or till edges are set and tops are slightly puffed.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 150Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 61mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 1gSugar: 19gProtein: 3g


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40 comments on “Chocolate Lava Cookies”

  1. They look totally decadent. Stuffing them with fudge is very clever.

  2. Totally scrumptious and perfect for a wintery day. Well, any day for that matter! Love these, Liz! Just had lava cakes yesterday. Maybe I best continue the roll!

  3. I must try these lava cookies – what could be better than the combination of chocolate both crisp and ooey-gooey? Thank you for submitting to YG and we hope you will continue!

  4. These cookies look divine! I love the idea of a lava cookie. So decadent and delicious.

  5. Lovely photos and the recipe is perfect! Been thinking of you alot.. hope you have a peaceful week! XO hugs

  6. I have a coffee in my hand, but in the other hand noting ! I need one of these ! Looks terrific !

  7. Wow – those look delicious. You make perfect cookies!!

  8. These cookies are just irresistible 🙂 I love that chocolate sauce.. 😀

  9. Oh they look great:@)

  10. Oh what divine cookies, I love the lava centers!

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