Chocolate Chip Lava Cookies

Chocolate Chip Lava Cookies

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I am so in love with these darn chocolate lava cookies! What is it about a warm, gooey chocolate chip cookie stuffed with decadent, rich, melted chocolate that makes it so irresistible?? Especially when topped with vanilla ice cream. These are one of Kev’s favorite homemade treats, and he usually asks me to make them at least once a week. They are so simple to whip up, and such a treat! Let’s make some right now :)

Chocolate Chip Lava Cookies

All you really need for these fabulous cookies is your favorite cookie dough and a bag of chocolate chips. My favorite cookie dough just happens to be Picky Palate’s, and it works perfectly for this recipe, but you could just as easily use a store-bought mix or even refrigerated cookie dough. Slice and bake cookie dough would be so simple here! But my heart will always belong to Picky Palate’s cookie dough. It absolutely can’t be beat in flavor and chewiness!

Chocolate Chip Lava Cookies

Since these cookies are absolutely gushing with delicious rich chocolate, my favorite chocolate chips for this recipe are the Hersey’s Milk Chocolate chips. I did a side by side taste test with these and a few of the other milk chocolate chips available in my grocery store, and these by far had the most prominent rich chocolate flavor. Next time you’re at the store, grab a couple of bags and have a chocolate chip taste testing of your own! They’re all good, so you definitely won’t have a problem using them up — you really can’t go wrong with milk chocolate :)

Chocolate Chip Lava Cookies

Now let’s make some chocolate lava cookies! Using half the cookie dough, grab a 1.5-2 tbsp scoop of dough (I used a Pampered Chef Medium Scoop for this) and flatten it out a bit.

Chocolate Chip Lava Cookies

Place the flattened cookie dough in the bottom of a well-greased standard sized muffin tin. Now depending on how much cookie dough you eat (in my case, I think it’s an abnormally high amount), you’ll have enough for 10 or 11 cookies. I start with 10, and add the 11th later if I have enough dough leftover.

Chocolate Chip Lava Cookies

Now for our gooey, rich milk chocolate filling. Place 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips in a Ziploc bag, and seal shut.

Chocolate Chip Lava Cookies

Lay the Ziploc bag flat in the microwave, spreading out the chocolate chips in a single layer. Microwave for 30 seconds. Remove bag and flip, microwaving for an additional 10-15 seconds until all the chips are softened.

Chocolate Chip Lava Cookies

Cut a small tip off the Ziploc bag and layer over the cookies. If you have any leftover chocolate, save it — I’ll show you what to do with it in a minute.

Chocolate Chip Lava Cookies

Heaven help me.

Chocolate Chip Lava Cookies

Scoop and flatten the remaining dough, and place on top of your lava cookies.

Chocolate Chip Lava Cookies

If you’ve got enough dough leftover, you can make one more cookie… or eat it as is! Your choice! :)

Chocolate Chip Lava Cookies

Bake these in a 350 degree F oven for 15-20 minutes, until the edges are just browned. As soon as they come out of the oven, you may want to run a knife around the edges to make for easy removing later. Cool completely before removing from the tin, running a knife around the edge to help loosen.

Chocolate Chip Lava Cookies

Now here’s how I like my cookies. Cooled, soft, and so perfectly chewy. I could eat about a million and a half of these.

Chocolate Chip Lava Cookies

But here’s how Kevin likes his cookies.

Chocolate Chip Lava Cookies

Warmed in the microwave for 10 seconds, topped with vanilla ice cream, and drizzled with chocolate sauce. You can use any leftover melted chocolate here!

Chocolate Chip Lava Cookies

Mama mia.

Chocolate Chip Lava Cookies

Chocolate Chip Lava Cookies
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1¾ cups (210 grams) all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 (11.5 oz) bag milk chocolate chips (I prefer Hersheys)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a standard size muffin tin with cooking spray. Place ½ cup chocolate chips in a Ziploc bag, and seal shut. Lay the Ziploc bag flat in the microwave, spreading out the chocolate chips in a single layer. Microwave for 30 seconds. Remove bag and flip, microwaving for an additional 10-15 seconds until all the chips are softened. Set aside to cool.
  2. With an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes. Add egg and vanilla and beat until well combined. Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda. Add to the wet ingredients and beat on low speed until just combined. Add the remaining chocolate chips (1 cup) and stir to combine.
  3. Using half the cookie dough, scoop 1.5-2 tbsp of dough, flatten it out a bit, and place in the bottom of the muffin tin. Repeat for a total of 10 cookies. Cut a small tip in the corner of the Ziploc bag, and gently squeeze a layer of chocolate over the cookie. Scoop and flatten the remaining dough and place on top of the chocolate layer. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes, until the edges are just browned. As soon as they come out of the oven, run a knife around the edges to make for easy removing later. Cool completely before removing from the muffin tin, running a knife around the edge to help loosen.
These can be made in a mini muffin tin, too! Try baking at 350 for 9 mins. Enjoy!

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Amanda they look soooo good! I love Jenny’s dough, too. It gives great results and I love that you made these in a muffin tin. Last week I made some deep dish chocolate chip cookies in my whoopie pie pans but they were “single layer”. Love that you doubled yours up, with that hot fudge sauce in the middle. Swoon!

You have the most delicious recipes – this is an absolute must try :D
I can’t wait to try different combos of cookies and fillings!

Choc Chip Uru
Latest: Coffee Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

Yes, how fun would that be! :) I have been wanting to try a peanut butter cookie with chocolate in the middle… And a chocolate cookie with peanut butter in the middle! :)

I was just thinking how it must be time to bake some choc chip cookies. Hello presto! I’m so not gonna bake just any choc chip cookie now. This I gotta try (on Thursday when both my kids are at school and preschool!!!). Thanks!

I have to admit that I gain some serious weight since I started to read your blog. I am completely addicted to your recipes (and photos!): something with chocolate and more chocolate with chocolate on top of the chocolate :)
Keep them coming, I will start to workout some other day.

Wow! Does anyone know the calorie count in these bad boys?..guess u could just eat cookies for a day, who’s in? LOL. Definitely gonna try this one thanks Amanda.

anything with gooey chocolate in the middle is a total win in my book. And I’m definitely with ya-that extra cookie dough would go right into my mouth :)

How do you stay so thin eating things like this? I’m really curious since I love sweets but am struggling to lose weight.

Hey, no fair, I’m trying to loose weight not add to it. LOL have to say these look amazing, and would be perfect for that special little treat once in awhile. I’m getting ready to forward this recipe to my brother as he is a chocolate cookie crazy fan. THANKS.

Please don’t think you can’t enjoy amazing treats like this in a dairy-free way! My son has life-threatening food allergies to dairy, peanut, and egg and I have not found a dessert yet that I can’t replicate or imitate in a way that is both safe for him and yummy for everyone (no one even notices they’re vegan unless I tell them). There are delicious dairy-free chocolate chips as well as dairy-free buttery spreads suitable for baking. Oh yea, even delicious non-dairy ice creams out there to top it off. I will definitely be making a dairy-free version of these ASAP.

Oh YUM. Chocolate chip cookies and ice cream. Two perfect ingredients together. I just gained 5 lbs drooling over these. They look so yummy. I am going to put this on my Valentine’s Day dinner menu. Thanks!!

My husband and I sometimes stop at Red Lobster just to have these for dessert! I’ve been trying to figure out how to make them for years!! So thank you! He’s gonna have one good Valentine’s Day surprise without a trip to Red Lobster. :)

Talk about over the top…this is it certainly. My daughter is in her 20’s and would take this over a birthday cake any day.

I do have one concern though…you refer to a cookie dough by another blogger. You mean the same recipe I’ve used for years? That’s a pretty standard recipe, I don’t see how it could actually be attributed to anyone; way too generic in my book.

This is the only time I am thankful my oven is not working! I would make this and eat them ALL! Yummy! The only problem will be when it gets fixed and I go crazy baking and eating!! Treadmill, here I come…

Tried these tonight, usually things I see on other peoples blogs don’t turn out for me, but these turned out PERFECT!! Thanks for the great recipe–so yummy!

These look amazing! But, I have one question. I do not have a microwave. Do you now how I could melt the chocolate on the stove top?

put chips in a metal bowl that fits inside ( but not to bottom of) one of your pots. fill bottom of pot– up the sides of the bowl a bit– with water. heat over med high, stirring constantly. best if the bowl has a lip to hold it up on the edge of the pot.
this is otherwise known as (& sold at a high price as a set in stores as ) a double boiler.
the trick is to heat the water in the pot so it melts the choc in the bowl– w/o getting any water in the choc, or boiling pot dry.

I get your posts through my email and for some reason I can’t pin from them? Any reason why? I want to pin these yummy things (Which I am making on my “free day” sunday) Please help, I would love to make sure I can always track this recipe. Thanks for the help.

These look SO good! I can’t wait to make them. Question though, a 10 oz bag of chocolate chips is equal to 1 and 1/4 cups I believe. So if we use 1/2 cup for the molten lava center, we would have 3/4 cup remaining for the dough, right? It says 1 cup will be left over in the directions, so I wanted to clarify just in case that was an error :)

You’re right, Mimi! The Hershey’s milk chocolate bags are actually 11.5 oz, not 10 oz. I’ll change that right now! :) For me it worked out just right — 1/2 cups for the molten lava center and just a tad more than 1 cup leftover for the cookies. :)

other than melting chips in a PLASTIC bag–I’ll have to give this recipe a try.
after all, there is no such thing as too much chocolate!

Your cookies look incredible! I love the concept of using a muffin tin to make these… I have featured this post in today’s Friday Food Fetish roundup. Let me know if you have any objections and thanks for the inspiration

So, can you pop these in the microwave later to melt the chocolate again if you don’t eat them immediately? Or will the chocolate stay soft?

These look beyond amazing!! Thank you for sharing!! Do you mind if I add this recipe to my blog? I will be sure to give you credit and link your blog to my post. Let me know…Thanks again!

Estoy haciendo la receta :) solo cambie el relleno de chocolate, por dulce de leche!!
Esta en el horno en este momento….solo queda esperar
Muy lindo el blog <3

Saludos desde Argentina!


Yummm! Thanks for sharing!
This is such a great idea. I love all the new inventive ways peeps are coming up with these days for mixing cooking tools. I can definitely think of a few ways cookie cups could be dabbled with ;-)

Ok I wanted to try this when I first saw it post but now after having made the I have become a fan, it looked easy enough simple ingredients and now I’m a rockstar to the kids thanks Kevin and Amanda.

Everything you make looks delicious! Can I please be your taste tester ;) I will be making your Easy Homemade Ice Cream without a Machine recipe tonight! Thanks for all the yummy recipes.

I made these tonight and they didn’t get cooked all the way through. I put them back in the oven and they got burnt on the top. I followed your instructions! What did I do wrong?

Your oven may not be heating evenly. Could be that you need to place the rack lower in your oven as it sounds like more heat may be coming from the top.

I’ve never made lava cookies but I did attempt a Hot Chocolate Souffle once that didn’t turn out well…but it did make a delicious Lava cake with vanilla ice cream :)

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS RECIPE! We are all college students and this made our friday night!! :D :D :D

This looks amazing! However, I’d like to recommend melting that chocolate in a glass bowl in the microwave. Plastic bags leach plastics into food, especially anything acidic or fatty (chocolate). Nobody wants to eat plastic, especially since it also makes it more likely that those scrumptious goodies will stick firmly to your middle.
I can’t wait to give these a try!

Hey Amanda I tried these for my sister and her family and they absolutely loved it (so did I) !! Thanks for the awesome recipe!

I recently made these for Valentine’s and they were great! They were so fun for something different. I am posting about them today (sourcing you of course) hope that is alright! Thanks for the great recipes!:)

Has anybody made these successfully yet? Just curious what the results were….my batter was a little runny and I didn’t have enough to make 10. Had to rescoop some back in to cover the tops of some. They are baking now so I’m nervous….

Your pictures are fantastic! Made my mouth water just looking. I think I will try them with a few of the filling suggestions like nutella, hot fudge, and the chocolate chips. They all sound so good!

I just made them…how long do I have to wait to eat them?!!!! BTW, I LOVE your photos, I wish you could have photographed my pistachio and chocolate macaroons!!

UPDATE: Couldn’t wait any longer… we all loved them, and they came out perfect, just like your pictures…got exactly 12, 3 for each one of us.

These were so good. I tried them and they are super easy to make. I had to get my hands a little dirty and mix cause the batter was thick. Totally loved it in the cookie version…will try it in the muffin version real soon. Love! Love! Love!

These are a hit in our home!!!! I use nuttella in the center… oh my goodness
The only thing I will do different next time is double the recipt!!! 12 is not enough

I tried to make this but the cookies get overdone at the top and remain completely gooey at the bottom. Any suggestions?

I had the opposite problem. By the time mine were done on top, the chocolate in the middle had completely baked in–no gooey inside–and the bottoms were overdone. (Baked in a preheated 350 oven for 15 minutes.) If I try it again, I’ll probably leave them underdone.

You are amazing and so bad at the same time! There is no way to resist making these or any of your decadent treats. My husband too loves anything Ala Mode! Thank you for sharing all your recipes! This is a perfect recipe to kill anyone with kindness! =)

Warmest Regards,

Amanda, thanks so much for the recipe. I cant wait to try this out on my large family of about 12-15 people at our traditional Sunday dinner. I have two questions.
1. I like to do a lot prepping first so I was wondering if I made the cookie dough 1-2 days in advance what could I do to store it and make sure it is still moist and fresh when its time to bake?
2. I notice you used a small muffin pan is it possible I could use a larger pan to produce bigger lava cookies? And would this mess up the cooking time?
Thanks in advance

Holy cannoli. These look insanely good! Me and My sitter is sooooo going to bake these tomorrow!!

Bye, Hejdå / Sweden

I made this today but when i cut it open, there was no lava, never the, less it tastes amazing, but do you know why that happened and how to not let it happen again, would really appreciate it <3

I just made these! This is the best cookie recipe I have tried yet! Definitely a keeper for me. I haven’t even tried it with the ice cream yet. That’s next!
Thank you!

These did not turn out well for me. I am a seasoned baker and rarely have milk chocolate chips on hand and was searching for the right recipe to use them. This looked great. But i didn’t get the lava effect. Just a clump of chocolate in the middle. Maybe i should have added chocolate in the center extra???

hello – these look amazing! question – i want to make these for a Christmas party i am hosting. any chance you think its okay to assemble them and stick in fridge and then bake when ready? thx!

Wow looks so delicious!! I am planning to make this but would want just one serving at a time, for those emergency sweet cravings.. Would it be alright to refrigerate or freeze the cookie and then bake one at a time while still frozen?

These look delish.
Do you think I can make them in ramekins and serve them in the ramekins? Will the cooking time be the same?

oh!! its looking so delicious. Choco Chips cookies its so simple to prepare and easy to get it in your plate in less time. Thanks a lot to share this.

I’ve tried these and they were amazing! I loooved the gooey choclate, delicious! My dough was pretty fluid, not really like dough but more like batter, does anyone know what I can do about that? In a muffin tin it’s no problem but on a baking sheet it flows everywhere. Thank you