Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Chocolate Chip Lava Cookies

This is another cookie recipe that I found on my Pinterest page. I loved the idea, I had never heard of such a thing before. These cookies were so yummy! They actually turned out in our oven, not many do! Our kids also enjoyed eating these and especially the little surprise in the center. I'm sure that you could use whatever chocolate chip cookie dough you wanted for this recipe, here's one of ours, but I just went with their recipe, because I knew it would make the right amount of dough for what I was doing. I was able to make a dozen of these cookies, because I don't like unbaked cookie dough, but if you are a dough-eater, you may need to plan to make fewer than a dozen.

Chocolate Chip Lava Cookies
adapted from Kevin and Amanda

1 stick butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/2 tablespoon vanilla
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 (11 1/2 ounce bag) semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spay a standard size cupcake pan with baking spray. Place 1/2 cup of chocolate chips in a Ziplock style bag, set aside.

Cream together butter and sugars in the bowl of a stand mixer for about 3-5 minutes. You want it to be a much lighter color then it starts with and it should have a light and fluffy texture. Add egg and vanilla and beat until the mixture is well combined. Meanwhile in a separate bowl, mix together the flour, salt and baking soda. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients in the bowl and beat on low speed, just until combined. Add the remaining chocolate chips.

To prepare the chocolate chips in the bag, place the bag flat in the microwave and microwave for 30 seconds. Flip the bag over and microwave for an additional 15 to 20 seconds, just until all the chips are melted. Set aside.

Using a small cookie scoop, scoop 12 balls, flattening them one by one and placing each in it's own cupcake compartment. Cut a corner off of the Ziplock bag and basically pipe chocolate onto each of the scooped cookies. Finally, scoop 12 more balls, flattening and placing on the melted chocolate. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the edges are just browned. You might want to run a knife around the edges as soon as the cookies come out, so that when they are cool, they don't stick. The same knife can also help you get them out of the pan.

Here's the really fun part about these cookies, you can eat them just as they are, and they are delicious! Or you can warm them up in the microwave for a few seconds, and throw on some ice cream and chocolate topping to make a really decadent treat, it's up to you!

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