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Nutella-stuffed chocolate chip lava cookies

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(Read caption) A Nutella center transforms an ordinary cookie into a chocolate chip lava delight.

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Can you say yummy goodness? I can after this lava cookie experiment. I have to credit my sister with this idea, or rather the onset of her visit. My sister's favorite dessert is molten chocolate cake or lava cake. I've tried various recipes in the past and usually am thwarted in finding the recipe for lava cake goodness that I aspire to. My sister was coming up to visit one of her daughters (my niece who now goes to college in the area) and wanted "something chocolate." Rather than making another attempt at a lava cake, I decided to try and make a lava cookie instead. I'd wanted to try this brown butter chocolate chip cookie from Alli-n-Son's blog so it seemed like a good time to try out both.

First of all, I love just about anything with browned butter. The fragrant smell alone could bring me to my knees. And the super-deliciousness of its taste? Uber goodness. Second, instead of chocolate chips, I chopped up one of the blocks of milk chocolate I had brought back from Switzerland in July, thereby almost guaranteeing this was going to turn out well. You simply can't go wrong with Swiss chocolate. After I made this cookie dough, it smelled so good I almost ate the dough. And I never eat cookie dough, much preferring the baked version. So for me to consider snitching cookie dough because it smelled and looked so good is almost unheard of. If you're a cookie dough lover, make a pact with yourself that you will reserve some dough to actually bake. Otherwise, you're going to miss out on a really good lava cookie.

I used Nutella as the lava portion for the middle of the cookie but if Nutella isn't your thing, you can also use caramel, biscoff spread, or even melt some chocolate chips and add a little butter to keep it liquid for a pure chocolate center. The Nutella worked stupendously well in this cookie (I'm bringing out all the superlatives for this recipe because it was just that good). You can serve this with ice cream but I found it doesn't need it because it's a good standalone dessert even without ice cream. I may try a different version with a white chocolate chip cookie and biscoff spread next time.

These cookies are a two-step process, since you’ll need to chill the Nutella-stuffed dough at least overnight.

Nutella-stuffed chocolate chip lava cookies


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