Molten Lava Chocolate Chip Cookies {Vegan}

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Chocolate oozes out of these molten lava chocolate chip cookies with every bite. The entire family will love this decadent vegan recipe!

Two Molten Lava Chocolate Chip Cookies next to cup of milk

There was a great deal of debate in our house about what to name this cookie recipe. Molten Lava won.

If you look closely, you will notice that the outside of the cookie is firm with “cracks” that gave way to a moist chocolatey inside…much like a molten lava chocolate cake. We could have easily called it a double chocolate chip cookie, owing to the fact that it contains cocoa powder and chocolate chips.  A crinkle cookie would accurately describe it too.

This recipe, one of the very first published on The Dinner-Mom site back in January 2013, is forever known at our house as Molten Lava Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups, which literally make a cup for ice cream or candy, is a variation of this recipe. And if you are a cookie lover, then check out Best Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies … another staple at our house. 🙂

We’ve updated the pictures and the tips!

Molten Lava Chocolate Chip Cookies Tips

By way of background, my youngest dd has been allergic to milk and egg for the longest time. She’s still allergic to egg, but now she is entirely vegan. As a result, we’ve been baking vegan for the longest time. Although she may not know what a cookie with egg and butter tastes like, the other family members do. Ideally, any treat we make satisfies the pickiest tasters in our house. This delicious cookie definitely meets the challenge.

3 Molten Lava Chocolate Chip Cookies stacked on a plate

We made three product swaps for ingredients found in a traditional cookie recipe to make this cookie vegan.

Note that you’ll find references to products below. This is not a sponsored post. We are including the names and links to products we use regularly because if you happen to be new to the world of food allergies or veganism, then they might be very helpful. (I was desperate for brands when my toddler was first diagnosed!)

Luckily, there are many good options out there these days!

Vegan Replacement for Butter

The first recipe step is to cream the “butter” and the sugars. We used to be big fans of Fleischmann’s Unsalted Margarine. Unfortunately, we can’t find it anymore. Now, we use a product from Miyoko’s Kitchen. Earth Balance also has a product that is vegan.

Vegan Alternative for Egg

Make me an egg! If you hear that request at our house, then you know someone is baking. Our go-to egg replacer is one teaspoon baking powder mixed with 1 Tablespoon water and 1 Tablespoon vinegar.

Once all the ingredients are mixed together, roll the (edible!) dough into Tablespoon-sized balls.

Raw dough for lava chocolate cookies

Chocolate Chips that are Vegan

We love mini chocolate chips in our cookies because they distribute so well. And, we are big fans of the Enjoy Life brand because it is free from all major allergens.

molten lava cookies on cooling rack

Once the cookies come out of the oven, they will be soft. Allow them to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes or so before moving them to a wire rack to cool.

3 Molten Lava Chocolate Chip Cookies stacked on top of a glass of milk

Serve with a glass of cold almond or rice milk, of course!

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Molten Lava Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate oozes out of the cracks of these molten lava chocolate chip cookies. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 111kcal


  • 1/2 cup vegan butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 egg replacer 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 Tablespoon water, 1 Tablespoon vinegar mixed together or 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup Mini Chocolate Chips


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Cream the butter and sugars in a large bowl.
  • Add egg and vanilla to bowl and combine.
  • Add flour, baking soda, salt and cocoa and combine.
  • Fold in chocolate chips.
  • Roll dough into Tablespoon sized balls and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake cookies for about 9-10 minutes. Cookies will not be firm when you remove them from the oven.
  • Allow cookies to cool for a few minutes on the cookie sheet and then move to a baking rack to finish cooling.
  • Enjoy!




Calories: 111kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 104mg | Potassium: 32mg | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 190IU | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.6mg
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  1. I will be baking a batch of these very soon! Thanks for another delicious recipe!

  2. How could anyone resist a cookie with molten lava in the name? Fabulous!

  3. Sounds like a great treat!

  4. “Chocolate” and “oozes” are some of the best words to hear about cookies. A good friends son has an egg allergy so I’m always looking for vegan recipes.

  5. My daughter love chocolate chip cookies, thanks for this recipe

  6. They look delicious! I’ll have to make these for my Mom! She is severely lactose intolerant! We can still find the Fleischmann’s unsalted margarine! I hope that doesn’t change!

  7. These are so delicious! And I love the crinkle tops!

  8. Kathleen Fennelly says

    Question. If one does not have allergies, can chicken eggs, butter, ect., be used in this recipe? They look delicious.

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