How to Make Chocolate Chip Lava Cookies
David's Recipes - Love the chocolate lava center in a dessert? Try combining it with a chocolate chip cookie! David Venable shows you how to make his Chocolate Chip Lava Cookies! For more of David's recipes: http://qvc.co/XzmmsJ
It's believed that the concept of chocolate lava in desserts came from a New York City chef who removed a chocolate cake from the oven just a little too soon. The inside was still melty and gooey and luckily for chocolate lovers everywhere, he decided to keep it that way. The chocolate lava inside this dessert doesn't just have to go inside a chocolate cookie. Try this trick with any of your favorite cookie recipes. It would work really nicely with sugar cookies or one of my favorites, peanut butter cookies. This deliciously decadent lava cookie pairs beautifully with coffee, but for a little extra kick, you might want to try my Irish Coffee.
Chocolate Chip Lava Cookies
1 (12-oz) bag semisweet chocolate chips, divided
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin pan with oil spray. Place 2/3 cup of the chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl and melt the chocolate chips, in 30 second intervals, until completely melted. Set aside.
Combine the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder in a small bowl. Set aside.
Cream together the butter and both sugars in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until well blended. Add the flour mixture and mix until just combined. Pour the remaining chocolate chips into the bowl and mix until they're evenly distributed.
Place 2 Tbsp of the cookie dough into the bottom of each prepared muffin cup. Press down on the cookie dough to flatten it, creating a small well in the middle.
Place 1 Tbsp of the melted chocolate over each flattened dollop of cookie dough. Refrigerate the cups for 3--4 minutes. Scoop 2 more Tbsp of the cookie dough on top of each of the refrigerated cups and press around the edges to seal the melted chocolate in the middle. Bake on the bottom rack of the oven for 23--25 minutes, until golden brown.
Remove the cookies from the oven and run a knife around the edges of each cup to loosen them from the pan. Let cool for 15 minutes, and then carefully remove the cookie cups by inverting the muffin pan onto a cookie sheet. Serve immediately with vanilla ice cream.