Gluten-Free Chocolate Molten Cookies

Published on Jun 22, 2024

  by   Kristina Stosek

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Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes Serves: 18 - 24
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Warm, luxurious and rich Gluten-Free Chocolate Molten Cookies! These cookies are a perfect combination of a rich, gooey chocolate center encased in a soft, delicious chocolate cookie shell. They are ideal for impressing guests or treating yourself to a luxurious dessert. This is the VERY BEST and easy-to-follow recipe for chocolate molten cookies, and guarantees success! An optional coffee flavor is included.

showing centre of chocolate molden cookie melting

What is a Gluten-Free Chocolate Molten Cookie?

This chocolate molten cookie, often referred to as chocolate lava cookie, is a dessert without gluten that features a rich, gooey chocolate center surrounded by a slightly firm cookie exterior. The name “molten” comes from the fact that the center of the cake is intentionally undercooked, creating a warm, liquid chocolate filling that flows out when you bite into the cookie. It’s typically served warm, often with a dusting of powdered sugar.

one chocolate molten cookie showing melted chocolate sauce

Gluten-Free Chocolate Molten Cookies: The Recipe

These detailed steps should help you create delicious cookies with a gooey chocolate center! (Detailed recipe at the bottom in the recipe card)

You will need:

  1. dark chocolate chips
  2. sweetened condensed milk
  3. unsalted butter
  4. dried coffee (optional)
  5. sugar
  6. eggs
  7. vanilla
  8. gluten-free measure for measure 1:1 flour blend
  9. pure cocoa powder
  10. baking soda
  11. salt


Make The Chocolate

Place chocolate ingredients in a saucepan or double boiler, and stir over low heat until the chocolate melts and the sauce becomes smooth.

making chocolate sauce in a sauce pan for the center of molten cookies

Shape Chocolate Balls

When the chocolate sauce has firmed enough, use a tablespoon to measure and shape it into small balls. Freeze for 30 minutes.

chocolate balls on parchment paper

Prepare Cookie Dough

The cookie dough is straightforward, cream the sugar with butter add eggs and vanilla, and mix until smooth. Add dry ingredients and stir to combine. Then, place cookie dough in the freezer for 20 – 30 minutes to chill. It should be firm but still easy to shape.

chocolate ball in the center of cookie dough in palm of a hand


Shape Cookie Dough

Scoop out chilled cookie dough using a cookie scoop or tablespoon, and roll into balls.

Place a frozen chocolate ball in the center of each cookie dough portion, and seal the edges of the dough around the chocolate, forming a smooth ball.

shaped chocolate molten cookies before baking

Bake Cookies

Arrange cookies on the lined baking sheet, leaving about 1 inch of space between each cookie, and bake until cookies start cracking and firm up slightly.

baked chocolate molten cookies on a cookie sheet

Tips for Success

Chill Thoroughly: Ensure the cookie dough and chocolate are well chilled before assembly. This prevents the chocolate from melting prematurely during baking.

Handle Gently: When forming the cookies, handle the dough gently to avoid warming the chocolate sauce prematurely.

Timing is Key: Watch the cookies closely toward the end of baking—they should just start to crack on top but still be soft to the touch. They will continue to firm up as they cool.

Dairy-Free Version

  • Substitute the butter with dairy-free alternatives like plant-based butter. I tried it with Earth Balance and it worked. Coconut oil will not work in this recipe. 
  • Replace condensed milk with dairy-free condensed milk.
  • Be sure to use dairy-free gluten-free chocolate chips.

Serving Suggestions

These cookies are amazing when they come straight out of the oven. However, you can turn them into a stunning dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, or fresh berries. Dust with powdered sugar for a beautiful presentation.


Store leftover cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. To reheat and enjoy the molten center again, microwave briefly (about 10 seconds) until warm.


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holding one cookie

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Here are some answers to common questions!

Q: Can I make the cookie dough ahead of time? 

A: Yes, you can prepare the cookie dough up to 2 days in advance. Store it wrapped tightly in plastic wrap in the refrigerator. 

Q: How can I ensure the cookies have a molten lava center? 

A:  Freezing the chocolate balls ensures they stay molten during baking.

Q: Can I freeze these cookies for later? 

A: Yes, you can freeze the formed cookie dough balls (before baking) for up to 1 month. Place them on a baking sheet until frozen solid, then transfer to a freezer bag or container. Bake from frozen, adding a few minutes to the baking time.

Q: How do I prevent the cookies from spreading too much during baking? 

A: Chilling the cookie dough thoroughly helps prevent excessive spreading. Additionally, ensure your oven is properly preheated to maintain the shape of the cookies.

close up of chocolate molten cookie

Gluten-Free Chocolate Molten Cookies: Recipe Review

These cookies are a chocolate lover’s dream come true. The outer cookie layer is perfectly balanced with a slightly crisp edge, tender crumb, with a fudgy center that oozes with molten chocolate sauce when warm. The optional addition of coffee in the chocolate enhances the deep chocolate flavor without overwhelming the chocolate.

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