I wanted to add a cookie to my gift baskets and what’s better the chocolate? A chocolate cookie with a gooey chocolate center that’s what!! These cookies are to die for when the come out of the oven. Once the cool the center gets a little firmer like a truffle, but if you want a gooey center again just pop them in the microwave for a couple of seconds. MMMMMMM  I’ll take a glass of milk with a plate of these. Not sure if I want share them with Santa haha!

Dark Chocolate Lava Drops
(Adapted from Land O Lakes)

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1/2 cup LAND O LAKES® Butter
3 (1-ounce) squares bittersweet baking chocolate
3/4 cup sugar
1 LAND O LAKES® All-Natural Egg
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
32 dark chocolate kiss-shaped candies, unwrapped
1/2 cup sparkling sanding sugar or sugar

Heat oven to 350°F. Place butter and bittersweet chocolate in large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH (100% power), stirring every 30 seconds, until melted and smooth (1 to 2 minutes). Cool 10 minutes.


Add 3/4 cup sugar and egg to melted cooled chocolate mixture; beat at medium speed until well mixed.


Reduce speed to low; add flour, baking powder and salt. Continue beating until well mixed.


Shape dough into 1-inch balls.


Press 1 chocolate candy into each ball; form dough around candy to completely cover.


Place 1/2 cup sugar in small bowl; roll balls in sugar. Place 1 inch apart onto lightly greased cookie sheets.


Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until just set. (DO NOT OVER BAKE.) Cool 5 minutes on cookie sheet. Serve warm.

MAKE AHEAD TIP: Shape cookies; roll in sugar. Place in container with tight-fitting lid. Store at room temperature up to 2 hours or refrigerate until ready to bake.
REHEATING TIP: Place 2 cookies onto microwave-safe plate. Microwave on HIGH (100% power) until centers are melted (15 to 30 seconds). Do not over-heat.


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