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Nutella Lava Cookie Cups

Writing a blog post while watching the Oscars Red Carpet is really distracting and pretty counterproductive. I’m staring at unbelievable fashion with these gorgeous celebrities and I doubt they ate anything all day, let alone any dessert.

If we played the Oscars Red Carpet game right now: “oh hello! who are you wearing?” my response would be, “hi! I’m wearing Victoria’s Secret. They have pretty comfy yoga pants.” Haha, truth.

Okay, so these cookie cups stirred up a flurry of conversation on my Facebook page when I posted a pic after I made them last month. Just a FYI to everyone reading this now – I get a LOT of the same questions on my Facebook page whenever I post pics of what I’m making. The questions are always, “recipe?” Well, hopefully this will clear everything up: I make everything 1 – 1.5 months in advance for my blog. So whatever you see that I’m currently making, likely won’t appear on the blog for another 3-4 weeks. Yes, I work that far in advance. Also, more questions answered on my recently revamped FAQ page :)

What’s funny is, I made these the week I was doing a clean diet. I could only have a very selective amount of food that week and Nutella lava cookies were definitely not in that diet. I did cheat for you all though and had a bite of them just to make sure they were as great tasting as they looked ;)

I loved these cookie cups. They’re much more fun to eat than regular cookies and I loved the oozing Nutella that was sitting in the middle. You’ll love these – now how many of you are going to make them today?

Nutella Lava Cookie Cups
Recipe type: Dessert, Cookies
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Cook time: 
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Serves: 10 cookie cups
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup Nutella, melted/softened
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a standard size muffin pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, add flours, baking soda, and salt. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugars for 2 minutes until light and fluffy. Then add in the egg and vanilla extract and beat for 2 more minutes.
  4. Slowly add in the flour mixture and mix until all combined and well-incorporated.
  5. Using a spatula, fold in the chocolate chips.
  6. Place Nutella in a microwave-safe bowl and warm up the Nutella in 30 second intervals in the microwave until you achieve a smooth and runny consistency that is easy to spoon out.
  7. Using a medium cookie dough scoop, scoop out 1.5 - 2 tbsp. of cookie dough, flatten it to the bottom of the muffin tin. Repeat with the dough until all 10 of the muffin tin bottoms are lined with cookie dough.
  8. Take a tbsp. of the warmed up Nutella and place in the middle of the dough that's in the muffin tin. Then, take the remaining cookie dough and cover the Nutella layer. You don't have to push it down hard, it'll make the Nutella ooze. Just a gentle tap will do.
  9. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the edges are brown. Immediately run a paring knife around the cookie cups when they come out of the oven so you can loosen them for easy removal later.
  10. Cool completely before removing them and eating :)
  11. Top with vanilla ice cream for a sinfully delicious treat!



  1. 02/25/2013 at 6:30 am

    I’m definitely gonna try these! I found your blog about two weeks ago through Katelyn James’s blog and have already tried a couple of your recipes. They are amazing. I just keep coming back for more :) Thanks for sharing such inspirational recipes.

  2. 02/25/2013 at 7:39 am

    These sound almost too good to be true! I’ve never thought about doing lava cookie cups before, but it looks so cute and sounds divine. Beautiful pictures, too!

  3. 02/25/2013 at 7:39 am

    Oh my does this have me drooling!!!

  4. 02/25/2013 at 7:41 am

    Haha, I work pretty far in advance too. Occasionally a recipe gets bumped up (like my puppy chow yesterday) because of the “holiday” factor. But I usually have a backlog of 3-4 weeks worth of posts!!! Just depends on what I’m in the mood for the day I write.
    These cookie cups are gorgeous. LOVE the Nutella Lava!!!!

  5. 02/25/2013 at 7:59 am

    Mmmmmmm!! These cookie cups look wonderful!

  6. 02/25/2013 at 8:14 am

    Oh, lord.have.mercy! These look like the most amazing little goodies on the face of the planet!

  7. 02/25/2013 at 8:34 am

    Oh girl — you and your 1.5 months in advance. I am so amazed!!!

    These look melt-in-your-mouth AMAZING! I was writing last night during the Oscars too. Fun! :)

  8. Kat
    02/25/2013 at 9:05 am

    You had me at Nutella! It’s on the top of my “need to make” pile!


  9. 02/25/2013 at 9:09 am

    YOU… are such a trouble maker. These are going to be the death of me, I can just tell. ;)

  10. 02/25/2013 at 9:13 am

    Oh my!!! These look insanely delicious!! I gave up sweets for lent and these WILL be one of the first sweets I make when it is over! Thanks for cheating for the benefit of us all!

  11. 02/25/2013 at 9:22 am

    Yes! Love that gooey nutella filling oozing out- looks so yummy. I also was sporting the yoga pants fashion look on the red carpet :)

  12. 02/25/2013 at 9:22 am

    Yahh, I work about 1-1.5 hours in advance, lol. I gotta get on your schedule!! This recipe is genius, I love it!

  13. 02/25/2013 at 9:33 am

    Just look at that ooey gooey melted chocolate!

  14. 02/25/2013 at 9:42 am

    I still can’t believe how far out you work. I try but it never works out for very long.

  15. 02/25/2013 at 9:51 am

    My jaw dropped when I saw these– on the must make list!

  16. 02/25/2013 at 10:13 am

    Dangerously delicious! Fortunately we just replenished our dwindling Nutella supply. =)

  17. 02/25/2013 at 10:38 am

    Cookie cups, come to mamaaaa.

    Also, 1 1/2 months in advance? Good on ya, girl, that’s impressive!

  18. 02/25/2013 at 10:48 am

    HAHA I laugh everytime I see someone leave a comment saying recipe? Wait patiently for it and you might just get it!

    • 02/25/2013 at 10:53 am

      It really bugs me when people say that. It’s a huge pet peeve of mine, lol

  19. 02/25/2013 at 10:57 am

    I absolutely love how ooey-gooey messy these are. Seriously my dream come true!

  20. 02/25/2013 at 10:59 am

    These look positively sinful!!

  21. 02/25/2013 at 11:18 am

    LOVE that oozing Nutella fillng!

  22. 02/25/2013 at 11:37 am

    I am so in love with these!

  23. 02/25/2013 at 11:39 am

    Wish I could make these magically appear in front of me right now!!

  24. 02/25/2013 at 11:47 am

    I’ve just about stopped posting pictures of what I’m making because people tend to get a little irate when you don’t include the recipe right then! Haha!

    LOVE these!

    • 02/25/2013 at 12:08 pm

      I’ve considered just stopping but I also always keep thinking “it’s nice to fill everyone in on my weekend and for people to see what I’m doing.” I guess now it’s their loss cause they’re all so impatient and rude!! :)

  25. 02/25/2013 at 12:17 pm

    i’m drooling! they look amazing :)

  26. Candice
    02/25/2013 at 12:43 pm

    These look divine! What’s the texture of the cookie cups?

    • 02/25/2013 at 1:26 pm

      They’re soft and gooey!

  27. Jenn
    02/25/2013 at 12:44 pm

    These look amazing, adding them to the menu for my upcoming anniversary party.

  28. 02/25/2013 at 1:24 pm

    Julie, these look INSANE. Definitely worth breaking out the yoga pants for! YUM.

  29. 02/25/2013 at 1:27 pm

    Nutella anything is amazing… and with chocolate chip cookies… AWESOME!

  30. 02/25/2013 at 2:40 pm

    Oh my word.

  31. 02/25/2013 at 3:15 pm

    Ohhhh my goodness these look amazing. I’ve always had a weakness for Nutella… these are just too much!

  32. 02/25/2013 at 4:13 pm

    You had me at Nutella and lava!!

  33. 02/25/2013 at 4:26 pm

    Nutella goodness. Everything tastes better with Nutella. Yum

  34. 02/25/2013 at 5:04 pm

    Love the gooey nutella center!

  35. 02/25/2013 at 5:09 pm

    Anything involving the word lava has got to be good right?

  36. 02/25/2013 at 5:10 pm

    Yep…this pretty much means I won’t be in that bikini any time soon :)

  37. 02/25/2013 at 5:11 pm

    I wonder if you should say “recipe will be up on blog soon” when you post those pics. But I know that is tedious too. People are impatient. LOVE these cookie cups too! Good self control on not eating them that week! I would have caved. I know it ;)

  38. 02/25/2013 at 5:20 pm

    I missed the red carpet last night. But one thing I don’t want to miss is making a double batch of these! They literally have be drooling!

  39. 02/25/2013 at 5:21 pm

    I don’t even know how to express how much I am in love with these cookie cups…I’m off to buy as much Nutella as possible! :D

  40. 02/25/2013 at 7:33 pm

    I work exactly the same way, and I always feel a little guilty that I’m not offering the recipe for so long, but it helps me to stay on top of things working that far out. I think at least. Actually, lately I’ve taken on too much so I need a break! haha

  41. 02/25/2013 at 7:53 pm

    You are killing me. I am dying.


  42. 02/25/2013 at 8:02 pm

    Ahhh these look crazy crazy crazy good!

  43. 02/25/2013 at 8:46 pm

    I always make things months in advance. Sometimes I forget about recipes until I see the photos on my computer. Oops! I always like to have options on what to post:) LOVE these-glad you shared them!

    • 02/25/2013 at 9:02 pm

      You have me beat by a lot, Maria! I remember when you and I made the Biscoff banana bread – that was over 6 months ago!! You’re crazy good :)

  44. 02/25/2013 at 9:21 pm

    send some of these may way! they looks amaze :)

  45. 02/25/2013 at 9:34 pm

    Ooh, these look SOOOOO good. I would kill for one of these right now!

  46. 02/25/2013 at 10:12 pm

    These look soooo epic-ly delicious :)

  47. 02/25/2013 at 10:32 pm

    I was wearing my Costco Yoga pants last night – they are might comfy and I actually got to eat something last night ( unlike those celebs) And it means I had extra room and I could have shoved one (or three) of these in my mouth and not felt guilty with tight pants!! Holla!

  48. 02/25/2013 at 10:39 pm

    These look amazing! All gooey and yummy! I’m definitely going to try these

  49. 02/25/2013 at 11:31 pm

    Just gorgeous! How long do you think these stay fresh? I’m always looking for treats to ship to the military overseas and packages take about a week to get there.

    • 02/26/2013 at 7:15 am

      Hi Gloria, unfortunately, after about a week, mine got pretty stale and hard so I don’t think they’d be good to ship :(

  50. 02/26/2013 at 7:03 am

    These little morsels of yumminess will be added to the care packages I make for several young ladies to munch on while studying for exams! I may have to hold back a few for myself, it’s only fair, right?!

  51. 02/26/2013 at 9:04 am

    Oh my goodness. So gooey! I can almost taste it through the screen.

  52. 02/26/2013 at 11:05 am

    Thanks for cheating for us. I feel special. These look amazeballs delicious!

  53. 02/26/2013 at 1:03 pm

    oh holy YUM!!!

  54. Candyce
    02/26/2013 at 9:14 pm

    Made these tonight, and they were fabulous!! Thanks for sharing, I think you could also substitute Peanut butter for the Nutella….just for another twist.

    • 02/26/2013 at 9:18 pm

      Glad you enjoyed them! Yes, peanut butter, chocolate, marshmallow..the possibilities are endless! :)

  55. 02/27/2013 at 8:22 am

    I’m going to be making these next week for a get together. I’m super excited!

    I do have one question though…what if you don’t have a stand mixer? It’s definitely something I plan to buy in the near future, but at the moment I only have a hand mixer. Will that have effect on the way the cookie dough is made?

  56. Zoe Conroy
    03/04/2013 at 4:00 pm

    Just made these and they are AMAZING! Don’t even want to think about how many calories are in them :D

    • 03/04/2013 at 4:06 pm

      Haha, calories don’t exist when you’re indulging :) so glad you loved them!

  57. 03/05/2013 at 12:52 pm

    I really don’t think your pictures of these cookies need any words at all! They look scrumptious and totally irresistible!

  58. Nazneen
    03/08/2013 at 12:38 am

    I just made these and they turned out delicious! My Nutella filling oozed a bit because I think I put too much cookie on the bottom and not enough on top. I also possibly put too much Nutella (that’s an oxymoron…). Despite all this, they are still drool-worthy! Thank you. What a great blog you have here!

  59. Sadimira
    03/30/2013 at 12:35 am

    I just made these with my daughter , they are so delicious. We’re both crazy about Nutella!

  60. Georgina Mellor
    04/07/2013 at 4:49 pm

    These look gorgeous but what is half a cup, how big a cup?! Sorry really want to know!

    • 04/07/2013 at 6:37 pm

      Hi Georgina, what do you mean by that? Do you mean by a cup for the measurements? If so, it’s 8 oz. for a cup, so half a cup would be 4 oz.

  61. Elizabeth
    04/12/2013 at 2:11 pm

    How did you make the nutella so smooth and melty inside? When I made it wasn’t chocolate-oozing-out consistency :s but it was still delicious though!

    • 04/12/2013 at 3:27 pm

      That’s weird yours didn’t do that. Did you melt the Nutella in the microwave to get it a smoother consistency prior to putting it in the cups? The heat from the oven and dough should’ve melted it even more for that oozing-out consistency.

  62. Lauren
    04/30/2013 at 2:24 pm

    These look AMAZING! Has anyone ever tried this with whole wheat flour and/or used mini muffin pan?

  63. e
    06/01/2013 at 9:51 pm

    Finally tried out the recipe!! Can you say, YUM!! Only complaint would be the dough not cooking all the way around the nutella lava. But a few additional minutes in the oven woud have likely done the trick!

    Thanks so much for these!!

  64. Sabina
    07/25/2013 at 10:48 pm

    These are amazing, plain and simple

  65. 10/08/2013 at 8:46 pm

    Thank you for this amazing recipe! I baked them yesterday and they are incredibly delicious, I will be making these again and again that is for sure! Take a look at mine

    Keep up the amazing work on this scrumptious website!

    Codie Zofia

    • 10/09/2013 at 8:59 am

      Thanks Codie! Yours looks great and I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  66. Laurence
    11/15/2013 at 4:47 am

    Thank you very much to share this recipe. I’ve made it this morning and already tried it… It’s delicious !! And it’s really easy to make.

    • 11/15/2013 at 9:05 am

      Thanks, Laurence! Glad you enjoyed it! I love how easy it is, as well!

  67. missrc
    02/18/2014 at 2:09 pm

    I agree these were delicious! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe, I wish I would of thought of this myself! Haha.

    I have one question though – my cookie portion came out pretty dry…did I miss something? I felt like I followed the recipe to a T. Any suggestions?

    • 02/19/2014 at 8:03 am

      I don’t think you missed anything if you said you followed the recipe to a T. Maybe the cookies weren’t as thick as mine so they overcooked, or your oven temperature was too hot (ovens are all different and some run hotter than others, you can always be sure by buying an oven thermometer), or maybe the cookie dough was overbeaten. There are a lot of factors as to why this could’ve happened, sorry I can’t be more specific, those are just some I thought of off the top of my head.

  68. Antonietta
    03/26/2014 at 3:56 am

    I made them last week and they were to due for -except they were falling apart when I took them out of the muffin tins – any advice on what to do so this doesn’t happen as I want to make again this week and bring to a friends house :) thanks!!

    • Julie
      03/26/2014 at 8:54 am

      Hi Antonietta – I’m not sure why yours falls apart. The dough should come together in the oven and meld together. Is the dough dry and crumbly after you’ve mixed it all together before you put it in the muffin tins? Maybe try pressing the dough together more so it forms a shape prior to putting them in the muffin tins.

  69. 03/29/2014 at 1:28 pm

    With a chef for a husband I am always delighted when a fellow chef posts a recipe, AND I never ask for the recipe :-) thank you for sharing this with us. I make goodies for my fellow musicians at work and I know they will love this. Just made it today and I am afraid I will eat half the batch before heading to work. Thank you!

  70. Anita
    05/02/2014 at 5:34 am

    These look so decadent that I want to try them this week. My question is here in Australia a stick of butter is 250gms so do I just ignore that and use 1/2 a cup. Also is all purpose flour plain or self raising flour.:-)

    • Julie
      05/05/2014 at 8:25 am

      Hi Anita, I would just go ahead and use 1/2 cup of butter. No, all-purpose flour and self-rising flour are two completely different flours. Hope this helps! :)

  71. Suthatta
    06/20/2014 at 3:02 am

    Thanks for sharing :) these look so good and i will make it evening!

  72. Norma V.
    06/26/2014 at 4:11 pm

    Thanks for sharing, I’m going to try to bake these. My kids love nutella! :)

  73. Lisa
    06/26/2014 at 11:18 pm

    10 more minutes and mine will be done. Can’t wait! :) Thanks

  74. Yasmin
    07/08/2014 at 5:37 pm

    Thanks for sharing the recipe, can’t wait to try them. I have a question though…I know it’s great when eaten a little warm but can I serve it in cup with fresh fruit topping?

    • Julie
      07/09/2014 at 8:19 am

      Sure, serving them with fresh fruit would be great.

  75. Helena
    07/19/2014 at 10:55 am

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I have to say, this is now my favorite dessert ever. It feels…orgasmic in my mouth.

    Again, thank you very much.
    Best of luck.

  76. Marlene
    08/01/2014 at 5:57 pm

    Would these work in a mini muffin pan, to be bite sized for easier eating? I prefer small bites for group settings. Or would there not be enough dough to hold the Nutella? I have a college alumnae tea to bake for and these would be delightful. Can I freeze them? Thanks!

    • Julie
      08/02/2014 at 8:38 am

      I think they would be fine in a mini muffin pan, I just wouldn’t fill too much nutella if you’re afraid there won’t be enough dough to hold it. If you want to try it the regular way, maybe you could slice the bigger ones into smaller pieces? I haven’t tried freezing them so I’m not sure if they’d work out or not.

      • Marlene
        08/02/2014 at 6:14 pm

        Thanks for the prompt reply, Julie. I made them today and they came out perfectly. I may have overfilled the mini muffin tins a bit a they have a little “muffin top,” but that isn’t a problem. I got 24 plus one regular size for tasting. They took about 13 minutes at 325 in a convection oven.


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