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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? Interested??? You should be as they were unbelievable!

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 a Cookie

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

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 32 minutes
  • Yield: 24-30 cookies 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • 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.
Chocolate Lava Cookies - chocolate butter cookies filled with hot fudge sauce


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40 comments on “Chocolate Lava Cookies”

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

  2. Oh they look great:@)

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

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

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

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

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

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

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

  11. Liz, love these cookies. . thinking of you today my friend! 🙂 Big hug . .

  12. Oh my gosh! A perfect little cookie, Liz! Can’t wait to try these. Thanks for the recipe! Take care.

  13. You have share some dangerous recipes on this delicious blog of yours Liz but this one, oh my, this one is super duper dangerous and oh so enticing. I have to stop myself from leaving you here right now and going to whip one, or two or bunches up, lol…

    Thank you for sharing the how and the recipe, oh my…

  14. Oh my.. this is some cookie! I love lava cakes, but I’ve never made chocolate lava cookies. Adding to my list of have to bake! Thanks

  15. These look absolutely divine! Must try! 🙂

  16. Oh I think its a sign that chocolate lava desserts/sweets need to be in my life. Your cookies are absolutely gorgeous. 🙂 Screen lickin good!

  17. These are AWESOME Liz, really love the idea, I love lava cakes and these cookies are as good.

  18. I bet it was pure heaven biting into those cookies only to discover a decadent eruption of chocolatey goodness. They look so perfect. Did many spring leaks?

  19. OOOh, does it get any better than that?

  20. I’ve done lava cakes but never lava cookies. Love this idea! I wanted to pop in to let you know you’re in my thoughts today. Sending my best thoughts and a big hug your way.

  21. Wow, I can only imagine biting into one of this freshly baked cookies…yum!
    Have a great week Liz 🙂

  22. The cookies look amazing Liz, what a fun combination. Hope you’re doing okay, I’m praying for you and your family.

  23. What fun cookies. These would be fun Valentine’s gifts. I’m sorry I haven’t been around lately. My computer got a bad attack of malware virus and I had to take it into the hospital for a couple of days. All good now (and just as well too!) xx

  24. Any cookie with a melted center is okay in my book! Yum!

  25. I’ve never have guts to try chocolate lava cookies but you made this so simple…and now I’m craving for some. Any lava cookies (cakes) always bring cheers on a gloomy day.

  26. Love the chocolatey gooeyness. Thanks for including a description on how to get the sauce inside. It would have been a challenge to figure out!

  27. Oh these look like just the sort of cookie that would win high praise over here as well. Marking this one to try next time Matt is home, which will be in two weeks to go cheer on his old high school swim team at the state meet. 🙂 I’m pretty sure a round of these cookies at the party after would be appreciated.

  28. Oh my! These cookies are amazing. I can’t wait to try 🙂

  29. I just went through all the chocolate desserts I missed and now I’m having a huge chocolate craving! I’d like to be sitting here with a glass of milk and one of these lava cookies right now. You’re my chocolate heroine Liz!

  30. These cookies look beyond amazing, Liz! I love that oozing filling!

  31. I don’t think these would last long enough for the filling to be absorbed into the cookie in my house. Liz these look amazing!

  32. What a tempting creation, Liz! I have to make these cookies for my chocoholic daughter, Hannah! She will be thrilled… and so will I. 🙂

  33. Wonderful cookies !! I love the idea of using chocolate sauce 🙂

  34. Yum, these look great! How much cocoa powder did you use?

  35. Lava cakes and cookies are my 2 fave sweets and now I CAN HAVE BOTH AT ONCE??! omigosh I’m so stoked.

  36. We love lava cake, had it on the cruise every night.. cant wait to try this cookie version!

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