Dark Chocolate Lava Drops

Dark Chocolate Lava Drops

Serve these chocolate cookies warm for an indulgent treat. You can form the cookies ahead and bake them right before serving.

60 min. prep time
32 cookies
15415 Ratings


3 (1-ounce) squares bittersweet baking chocolate
3/4 cup sugar
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
32 dark chocolate kiss-shaped candies, unwrapped
1/2 cup sparkling sanding sugar or sugar


Heat oven to 350°F.

Place butter and bittersweet chocolate in bowl. Microwave 1-2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted and smooth. Cool 10 minutes.

Add 3/4 cup sugar and egg to cooled chocolate mixture; beat at medium speed until well mixed. Add flour, baking powder and salt; beat at low speed until well mixed.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Press 1 chocolate candy into each ball; form dough around candy to completely cover.

Place 1/2 cup sugar into bowl; roll balls in sugar. Place 1 inch apart onto lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes or until just set. (Do not overbake.) Cool 5 minutes on cookie sheet. Serve warm.

Recipe Tip

- To make ahead, shape cookies; roll in sugar. Place in container with tight-fitting lid. Store at room temperature up to 2 hours or refrigerate until ready to bake.

- To reheat baked cookies, place 2 cookies onto microwave-safe plate. Microwave 15-30 seconds or until centers are melted. Do not over heat.

Nutrition Facts (1 cookie)

Calories: 120

Fat: 6g

Cholesterol: 15mg

Sodium: 35mg

Carbohydrates: 17g

Dietary Fiber: 1g

Protein: 1g

Recipe #14575©2009Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

Rather than using the kisses I used chocolate covered cherries. Wanted to test and see how they worked for Valentines Day.
They were great came out with the molten cherry syrup and chocolate oozing out of them. When stuffing them I made a base of chopped walnuts for some and pecans for the others and they are fantastic. Definitely a Valentines surprise.
This really didn't come out well. The cookies were heavy, not crumbly, and the centers were not gooey. I tried baking them at a lower temperature and same thing. Overall this was alot of work and the cookies did not come out. Skip it!
These cookies are heaven! They were easy to make and
worth the time wrapping the kisses. The whole family
enjoyed them immensly. When the cookies cooled off, you
just pop them in the microwave oven for 15 seconds and the
centers are creamy again. Becareful when you bite into them,
because the center will be very hot. Another favorite from
Land O Lakes. My family thanks you.
I made these cookies for a dinner party last night, and they were the most popular out of the three desserts we had. All attendees requested the recipe before they left. I used a 1" cookie scoop to form the balls, and used dark chocolate kisses. I ended up with 50 cookies, so I guess mine were on the small side. Next time I'll also try with caramel filled kisses for a bigger surprise. I kept the dough in the fridge for a bit before working with it, and formed all the cookies in the afternoon. I rolled them in sugar, and stored them in a plastic container in the fridge. Baked them just before serving, on parchment paper. My oven is slow, and I cooked them for 9 minutes. These are some of the best cookies I have made. Pretty easy, just a bit tedious because of the kisses--but totally worth it.
I made 32 and put them in a container with 1/2 cup sugar, shook them gently, and put them in the refrigerator to wait for baking -- I know I have the sanding sugar somewhere but I can't find it so I just used regular sugar -- still amazing! We baked a couple each night and absolutely loved each one! The best thing about that is we didn't overdo it! We probably could have finished the batch in two nights, but that would have been really bad to do!
These were very dry. I made them for a dinner party and was disapointed. They were dry even when they were warm. After they cooled they were dry AND crumbled apart.
This cookie recipe was a hit with my family. I couldn't believe how easy they were to make them. The hardest part of it, if you can believe it, was merely unwrapping the kisses! And without doubt the easiest part was eating them and enjoying them!
It was easy to do but took a couple tries to get the knack of putting the kiss inside.
All my friends loved them. I ended up making more than one batch on Christmas Eve because of demand for more.
I've been baking for years and I've been making Christmas gift baskets now for over six years. Each year it becomes more difficult to find recipes that meet our standards and expectations. I made these in a trial run for this year's baskets and they were an immediate hit with my family taste testers, with comments that they were 'basket bound'. I highly recommend these and they are very easy to make.
These were very easy and very good. I made them with the kids and they loved doing them - and we all loved eating them.
When I was putting this all together I was getting really nervous because it was looking pretty dry. It should have more liquids added to it, but I am not one who know what to add or how much to add. So I cooked them anyway. Now that they are done I have tried them and they are way to dry. I tried them when they were warm and when they cooled down. I looked online to see if anyone else had this problem but there were not to many reviews. So People beware that as I followed the directions they were way to dry.
I found the cookie became very hard after baking.
These cookies are so good. One of my daughters took my recipe to copy.
the other children are waiting to make them again. The cookies are good even when cold.
This is THE new staple cookie. Like chocolate chip cookies, sugar cookies...then there's DARK CHOCOLATE LAVA DROPS! So extremely delicious you must share with others so you don't eat the entire tray. Family went beserk over these...loved them! This is an impressive cookie and super simple. Wow your guests!
These were a lot easier than I thought they would be. My husband, who hates dark chocolate, loved these. I used sparkling sugar, as I believe it is the same as sparkling sanding sugar.

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