Chocolate Lava Cookies

Similar to the cake, chocolate lava cookies are filled with a fudgy chocolate sauce.

Chocolate Lava Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.comNothing goes better with chocolate than chocolate, I always say.

I’ve been dying lately over chocolate lava cakes.  Like this one.  And this one.  And OMG THIS ONE.

Being the self-proclaimed cookie connoisseur that I am, I’ve been racking my brain to figure out the best way to turn this gorgeous, over the top, heavenly chocolate cake into a cookie.  And I think I found it.

Or maybe I just found a new way to eat 3 cookies in the space of 10 minutes.  (Like I needed a new way.)

My intention was that these would make a fun little Valentine treat.  You know, the kind you can tuck in a lunchbox for your rugrats, or put on a plate for your favorite neighborhood kids, or surprise your coworkers with.

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Not that it has to be February for one to enjoy chocolate with more chocolate inside.  I personally think chocolate chocolate treats belong in my life every month.

The key to the lava in this cookie is hot fudge sauce.  The kind that comes in a jar, and sits on the shelf in the ice cream toppings area of the grocery store.  I’m a BIG fan of homemade hot fudge sauce, don’t get me wrong, but it’s not the right stuff for this cookie.  This cookie requires the kind that comes in a jar.

Not chocolate syrup.  Not magic shell.  Hot Fudge Ice Cream Topping and only that.  Agreed?

And don’t warm it up, either.  You’ll just end up regretting it.  Spoon it right out of the jar at room temperature into your cookie dough, and in a few minutes, you’ll have a cookie that is literally exploding with chocolate fudge.  Lawd have mercy, this is my idea of heaven.

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Before you go scrolling to the bottom for the recipe, let me quickly share two important points.

IMPORTANT POINT #1:  This is the Cookie of the Month for February!  Yay!

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That means that you can win prizes by making this recipe, and proving it to me by sending me a photo of it.  This month’s prize is brought to you by Kitchen Executive Chef.  Their high quality Silicone Mats are used at least twice a week at my house, and often more than that.  They are my favorite mats because they are thick and very nicely made.

Enter to win a set of mats one of three ways:

1. Share a photo of your Chocolate Lava Cookies on Instagram, and tag me, @jensfavoritecookies, in the description.  Find me on Instagram here.

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Winner will be chosen and announced on Friday, February 27, in my month end wrap-up post, so keep your eyes peeled to see if your name is announced!

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I’m not the only one ringing in February with chocolate cookies.  My friends have all posted chocolate cookies today too!  Take a few minutes to check out all these fantastic chocolate cookies!

Chocolate Lava Cookies from Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Triple Chocolate Cookie Bars from Crumb: A Food Blog
Flourless Dark Chocolate Cookies from The Cooking Actress
Caramel Chocolate Chip Cashew Butter Cookies from Magnolia Days
Chocolate Orange Ginger Cookies from Gotta Get Baked
Chocolate Chip Compost Cookies (gluten-free) from Heartbeet Kitchen
Fudgy Kalhua Brownie Cookies from Bake or Break

Chocolate Lava Cookies

These simple cookies are filled with hot fudge for a delicious chocolate treat!
Author: Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar + 1/4 cup for rolling
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups flour
  • jarred hot fudge sauce (6 ounce)


  • Cream shortening and sugars. Add eggs, vanilla, and water and beat until smooth.
  • Add salt, baking soda, and cocoa powder and mix well. Add flour and mix on medium low just until combined.
  • Divide the dough into 24 pieces that are roughly equal in size.
    Place a piece of cookie dough in the palm of your hand and flatten it out like a thick disc . Place a little hot fudge (about 1/2 teaspoon) in the middle of the dough and wrap the dough around it, rolling it into a ball to seal it.
  • Place 1/4 cup of sugar in a small bowl. Roll the cookie ball in sugar and place on parchment lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough, spacing it out on the cookie sheets. we used a half sheet pan and were able to get 12 cookies on one pan.
  • Bake 6-8 minutes or until the cookies are set and start to slightly crack on top slightly. Let cool on the baking sheet for 1-2 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. 


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  5. Nancy @ gottagetbaked

    Thank you so much for coming up with Cookie of the Month, Jen. I love it so much (because I love cookies, duh, but also because you ladies rock!) I can’t get over that gorgeous, decadent, molten chocolate centre in these cookies! I welcome chocolate stuffed in chocolate at any time of year 🙂

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  13. Sarah

    These look unbelievable. It’s one of those things where I’m like “I love cookies and I love chocolate lava cake. Why didn’t this occur to me?” I don’t know that You can buy hot fudge sauce over here though. I’ll have to hit the supermarket.

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  24. Julie

    Holy guacamole! These cookies are amazing! I’m the resident baker in my department, and I made these for this week’s treat. Everyone LOVES them! I’m usually good at keeping my hands out of my baked goods, but no such luck this week 🙂

  25. Jill Bell

    4 stars
    I made these today and they taste amazing. Unfortunately, I took them off the pan before they were cool, and they fell apart. Look bad but taste great!

  26. Anna

    These look amazing. I want to try them this weekend. 🙂
    At what temperature do you bake them? I can’t seem to find this info; sorry if I just missed it.

    1. Jen Post author

      I’m not sure how the temperature went missing in this recipe! Try it at 350F and I will fix that recipe card. Thanks for the heads up!


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