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Easy Molten Lava Cookies

Hey there, fellow foodies! If you’re anything like me, a sucker for anything ooey-gooey and chocolatey, then buckle up because I’ve got a treat for you. These Easy Molten Lava Cookies are amazing!

Picture this: the classic chocolate lava cake and the beloved chocolate chip cookie had a baby. What do you get?

The most epic, mouthwatering Molten Lava Cookies. These aren’t your grandma’s traditional cookies; they’re a game-changer in the world of delicious chocolate lava cookies, with a crunchy bite on the outside and a hot fudge center that’s just waiting to ooze out at the first bite.


Cookie Dough:

  • Unsalted butter
  • Brown sugar
  • White granulated sugar
  • Eggs
  • Corn syrup
  • Vanilla extract
  • All-purpose flour
  • Cocoa powder
  • Cornstarch
  • Baking soda
  • Salt

Filling and Topping:

  • Hot fudge sauce (cold, very important!)
  • Powdered sugar (for that snowy effect on top)

FAQ – Everything You Need to Know About Molten Lava Cookies

Q: What’s the secret to that perfect lava effect? A: The magic happens with a teaspoon of cold hot fudge sauce nestled inside each portion of cookie dough. When baked, it melts into the perfect molten center.

Q: Can I make these cookies ahead of time? A: Absolutely! Prepare the dough, shape your cookies, and then chill them covered in plastic wrap on a baking sheet in the fridge. They’re ready to bake the next day, or you can freeze them for the perfect treat anytime.

Q: How do I store leftover cookies? A: If you’ve got any left (big if!), keep them in an airtight container at room temperature. They’ll stay fresh and delicious for a few days, but I doubt they’ll last that long!

Q: Can I add anything else to the filling? A: Get creative! While hot fudge sauce gives you that classic molten lava cake vibe, you can also experiment with peanut butter, melted chocolate, or even a dollop of chocolate ganache for different flavors.

Serving Suggestions

  • A la Mode: Pop a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of a warm cookie for a heavenly experience.
  • Fresh Berries: Add a tart contrast with a handful of fresh berries.
  • Glass of Milk: Sometimes, it’s best to keep it classic with a cold glass of milk.


Keep any uneaten cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. They’ll maintain their deliciousness for a couple of days.

Tips for Making This Recipe with Kids

  • Cookie Assembly: Let the kids help fill the cookie dough balls with the hot fudge sauce and seal them up. It’s like a little chocolate treasure hunt.
  • Decorating: After baking, let them dust the cookies with powdered sugar for a fun, snowy look.

Why This Recipe Works

This cookie recipe is the perfect fusion of molten lava cakes and chocolate chip cookies, delivering the best of both worlds. The combination of a soft chocolate cookie with a gooey chocolate center, enhanced by the rich flavor of Dutch process cocoa powder and a hint of corn syrup for that perfect glossy finish, makes it irresistible.

Plus, it’s a fantastic way to enjoy the lava cake experience in a more casual, shareable form. Whether you’re baking for a party, a family night, or just because you’re a chocolate lover, these cookies are sure to impress.

So, what are you waiting for? Preheat your oven, grab that bowl of a stand mixer, and let’s dive into making the most delicious chocolate chip lava cookie you’ve ever tasted. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you, and you’ll find yourself coming back to this perfect recipe next time you’re craving something sweet and chocolatey.

Easy Molten Lava Chocolate Cookies
Yield: 13-15 cookies

Easy Molten Lava Chocolate Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Total Time: 29 minutes

Dive into the decadence of Molten Lava Cookies, where the crunch of a chocolate cookie meets the gooey bliss of a hot fudge center. It's the ultimate treat for chocolate lovers seeking the thrill of molten lava cakes in a bite-sized form.


  • Cookie Dough
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Filling and Topping
  • Hot Fudge Sauce, cold
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar


  1. Place the hot fudge sauce in the freezer. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a mixing bowl add the softened butter, brown sugar and white sugar. Blend together until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs, corn syrup and vanilla extract. Blend again until combined and smooth.
  4. Add all the ingredients of flour, cocoa powder, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. Fold together until a thick chocolate dough forms.
  5. Take a 2 inch scoop and scoop dough onto the prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart from each other. 
  6. Use the back side of the scooper to create wells in the dough. Then mold the sides to create a deeper rounded shape.
  7. Take a teaspoon of frozen hot fudge sauce and place in the center of each well, filling about ¾ way full.
  8. Pinch the cookie dough over the top of the filling, placing a bit of extra dough if necessary to fully seal the cookie closed.
  9. Bake these cookies in the oven for 12-14 minutes.
  10. Once out of the oven, let cool for 5 minutes.
  11. Sift with powdered sugar and enjoy the lava cookies while still warm!

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 383Total Fat 17gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 66mgSodium 346mgCarbohydrates 54gFiber 2gSugar 30gProtein 5g

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