Chocolate Lava Cookies

These chewy chocolate lava cookies hide an oh-so-rich, ooey-gooey chocolate center.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup sugar, plus 1/2 cup for dusting
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 (12-ounce jar) hot fudge sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together shortening and sugars with a hand-held mixer. Add eggs one at a time, and stir in vanilla. Add dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  4. Scoop approximately 1/4 cup of dough in your hand and flatten. Pour approximately 1/2 teaspoon of hot fudge sauce in the center and wrap dough around it to form a ball. Repeat steps until all dough is used.
  5. Toss dough balls in sugar, and bake for 6 to 8 minutes until set. Cool cookies on a rack and serve immediately. Beware of hot chocolate lava!