I don't know how my friend came to say 'lava you', but, alas, she somehow did. The original name for these cookies was just lava cookies, but I thought since today is Valentine's Day and they have chocolate truffle centers, which brings Valentine's day to my mind, that I would name them 'Lava You' cookies and spread the edible love!
Cheese fest, right? I know, but I tend to be the ring master for all things cheesy, both the dairy kind and the cliche/tacky variety! I have a pretty pathetic sense of humor, I laugh at the cheesiest things, and then I usually laugh way longer than necessary, while everyone else has moved on. Then my laughter continues because I am the only one laughing, so I laugh at myself and the cycle continues. How on earth did I go from my friend saying 'lava you' to my cheesy sense of humor? (
‘Lava’ You Cookies
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
½ cup confectionary sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 and 1/3 cups flour
1-2 teaspoon milk (if dough is crumbly, otherwise unnecessary)
5-6 chocolate truffles cut in half
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together butter, sugar, salt and vanilla with a paddle attachment until smooth. On low, beat in flour, increasing the speed to medium until completely combined. If necessary, add 1 to 2 teaspoons of milk if the dough is too crumbly.
3. Scoop the dough using a small cookie dough scoop, roll the dough into balls and place on prepared baking sheet. Using a ½ teaspoon measuring spoon make a slight indentation in each dough ball.
4. Bake cookies for 10 minutes, remake indentation with measuring spoon. Return to cookies to oven and continue to bake 7 to 9 more minutes, until the edges are just barely browned.
5. Turn off the oven, leaving it open slightly. Place half of a truffle in each indentation. Return cookies on baking sheet to the oven, leaving the oven door slightly ajar with an oven mitt, for a minute or so until melty. I recommend keeping the oven light onto keep an eye on the truffles. Let cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes, and then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.