Source: Holiday Recipe Collection

Molten Lava Cookies
Inspired by luxurious chocolate cakes with molten centers, these treats are made with creamy butter for pillowy-soft, brownie-like cookies with lava centers made from melted semisweet chocolate and vanilla.
Serves: 24 cookies
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 9-11 minutes


1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder
2 eggs
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/3 cup dark or semisweet chocolate (at least 60% cocoa), roughly chopped
Powdered sugar for garnish (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°F. Cream together butter and sugar with an electric mixer. Add cocoa powder, eggs and vanilla; mix until combined.

Combine flour and baking powder in a separate bowl. Gradually add to butter mixture.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Using your thumb, press a thumbprint into the center; fill with a piece of chocolate and fold dough over to cover chocolate.

Place balls 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until edges are firm and tops are soft. Remove cookies to a cooling rack; dust with powdered sugar, if desired. Serve warm, if possible. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

To reheat cookies, place cookie on microwave-safe plate and microwave on high for 5 seconds, or until cookie is slightly warm.