Rich and Chewy Molten Lava Chocolate Chip Cookies Are Always a Hit

lava chocolate chip cookies in small cast iron skillets
Food Network
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
4 Cookies

Few desserts can rival the allure of a chocolate chip cookie. These lava chocolate cookies are loaded with warm, gooey chocolate inside, making them extra delicious.

Even better, these desserts are made in little cast iron skillets and served with an ice-cold scoop of vanilla ice cream. Think of it as a deconstructed ice cream sandwich with a cozy, warm twist.

For another decadent dessert idea, try Café Angelina-Inspired Parisian Hot Chocolate.

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Tbsp unsalted butter
cup dark brown sugar
cup granulated sugar
Tsp vanilla extract
large egg, at room temperature
cup all-purpose flour
Tsp baking soda
Tsp kosher salt
oz semisweet chocolate, plus more for garnish
Vanilla ice cream, for serving



Special equipment: Four, 4-inch cast-iron skillets.

Host Franco Noriega poses with his Lava Chocolate Chip Cookie dish, as seen on Hot Dish with Franco, Season 1.
Step 1

Preheat the oven to 375°F.

Step 2

Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Remove from the heat and stir in the dark brown sugar and granulated sugar. Set aside to cool slightly, about five minutes. Add in the vanilla and then the egg and whisk to combine. Fold in the flour, baking soda and kosher salt and mix until the dough comes together. Roughly chop 4 ounces of the chocolate and fold into the dough.

Step 3

Divide the dough into four equal pieces. Break the remaining chocolate into small pieces. Working with one piece of dough at a time, press it into a 4-inch cast-iron skillet.

Place one-quarter of the chocolate pieces in the centre of the dough, then wrap the dough around the chocolate so that it is completely covered. Press the dough so it goes all the way to the edges of the skillet. Repeat with the remaining dough and chocolate.

Step 4

Bake the cookies until they are just set on top and only slightly golden brown around the edges, 10 minutes.

Step 5

You can also chill the dough before baking. It will add about 4 minutes to your baking time.

Step 6

Garnish each cookie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and shave some chocolate curls on top if desired. Serve warm.

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