Chocolate Peanut Butter Lava Cakes

Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Lava Cake gives the feel of a 5 star restaurant in the comfort of your own home! Delicious, indulgent, and shockingly simple! I always feel like such a chef when I make this fun and easy dessert.

EASY Chocolate Peanut Butter Lava Cake. BEST DESSERT EVER. - The Cookie RookieEvery couple months, I join up with my friend Meg from The Housewife in Training Files to work together on a post!! We pick a new ingredient or set of ingredients, and let our imaginations run wild.  In the past we have done Sweet Potatoes, and Blueberry and Honey.  They have been some of my very favorite posts! Meg creates the most amazing healthy meals, and her photography is some of my favorite on the web!

This month, we are both BUSY.  Well, I’m kind of busy, but she is really really busy.  She is getting married NEXT MONTH!! So exciting.  I just cannot imagine how she balances a full time job, wedding planning, and blogging like a champ.  Since life is a bit crazy, we chose some easy ingredients for our challenge.  Easy isn’t a bad thing in this case.  It just doesn’t get better than Peanut Butter and Chocolate.  A match made in heaven. photo (13)

I’ve been trying to cook healthier lately, we are prepping for our 1 year anniversary honeymoon in august, and we both want to trim down a bit before then.  But when Meg said Peanut Butter and Chocolate, I knew I had to go all out.  Indulging once in a while is worth it sometimes.  I found a great recipe for Chocolate and Peanut Butter Lava Cake on and could not wait to try it.  I’m not a baker…so I was nervous…but it was so easy.  And SO delicious.  I mean…wow.

EASY Chocolate Peanut Butter Lava Cake. BEST DESSERT EVER. - The Cookie Rookie

I baked these in little Ramekins (I didn’t know what they were until yesterday…even though I owned some.  I thought they were dipping sauce containers……cookie rookie, remember?), and they worked great.  I filled mine with a bit too much batter.  I filled them almost to the top, it would have worked better to leave about 2 centimeters at the top to give them room to grow.  But my overgrown little lava cakes tasted just as great, trust me. EASY Chocolate Peanut Butter Lava Cake. BEST DESSERT EVER. - The Cookie RookieOnce you take them out of the oven, try your best to refrain from eating them right out of the ramekins let them cool for about 10 minutes and then flip them over.  More detailed instructions are in the recipe card below, but they should come out pretty easily and create a nice little cake.  So darn cute.

EASY Chocolate Peanut Butter Lava Cake. BEST DESSERT EVER. - The Cookie Rookie EASY Chocolate Peanut Butter Lava Cake. BEST DESSERT EVER. - The Cookie RookieSprinkle with powdered sugar, or top with vanilla ice cream, and go to town.  Inside this sweet little cake lies creamy amazing peanut butter.  Its like a big peanut butter cup.  Heaven.

EASY Chocolate Peanut Butter Lava Cake. BEST DESSERT EVER. - The Cookie Rookie EASY Chocolate Peanut Butter Lava Cake. BEST DESSERT EVER. - The Cookie RookieMeg’s recipe looks amazing as well! I literally can’t wait to try her Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Protein Bites.  She is seriously the master at making healthy recipes still be indulgent.  Don’t they look amazing??

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Protein BitesBe sure to click the link above to check out her full recipe.  I know you’ll love her site.  It’s one of my favorites.

Here’s the recipe for the Chocolate Peanut Butter Lava Cakes.  Enjoy!

Serves 4

Chocolate Peanut Butter Lava Cakes

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Lava Cakes are easy, delicious, and indulgent. Will make you feel like you're in a 5 star restaurant in the comfort of your own home!

20 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time


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  • 1 stick plus 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 6 ounces German Baking Chocolate, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons low-fat creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • Pinch salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Spray each ramekin with cooking spray/olive oil. Mix 1 T flour with 1 T cocoa powder. Coat the inside of each ramekin with this flour mixture and tap off the excess.
  3. In a medium saucepan, melt 1 stick of butter with the German chocolate over very low heat. Stir occasionally. Once it is melted and mixed completely, take off of heat and allow to cool for a couple minutes.
  4. In a medium bowl, blend the peanut butter with the 1 tablespoon of confectioners' sugar and the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter. (I used a hand blender with the mixer attachment and it worked great)
  5. Using an electric mixer, beat the granulated sugar with the eggs and salt at medium-high speed until thick and pale yellow, around 3 minutes. Turn off the mixer and fold in the chocolate using a spatula. Blend until no streaks remain. Fold in the flour and mix until smooth.
  6. Spoon two-thirds of the batter into the prepared ramekins, then place a large spoonful of the peanut butter mixture into the middle. Top with more chocolate batter. Leave about 2 centimeters at the top of the ramekin to allow for the cake to rise.
  7. Bake for 14-16 minutes or until the top is crispy/cracked and the middle is still slightly jiggly. Take out of the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes.
  8. Run the tip of a thin knife around each cake to loosen. Invert a small plate over each cake and, using pot holders, invert again. Carefully lift off the ramekins.
  9. Dust the warm cakes with powdered sugar and serve right away. Also great with vanilla ice cream!
  10. Enjoy!
Recipe Type: Dessert
478 cal
23 g
63 g
11 g

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Laura @ Raise Your Garden
I just might be the worst baker out there so I'm glad you say these are easy. There is nothing like lava cake for dessert. Nothing. It's what I order out because I lack the confidence to make it myself. Thank you for this chocolate/peanut butter ooziness.
    becky gall hardin
    I agree Laura! I'm still scared to bake anything. But I promise you can make these. I got them on the first try (and that is saying something!!) Thanks for stopping by!
      When I made them, the peanut butter on the inside was grainy and solid. It was in a 425 degree oven for 15 mins. Also, the cake was a little more like a brownie. What did I do wrong? :(
These look delicious, love anything with peanut butter! Can't wait to try, my mouth is watering alredy!
can these be frozen? or made 48 hours in advance?
    Becky Hardin
    I don't think they would work quite right frozen. You could probably make them the night before but 48 hours might be a bit far in advance. I've never made it in advance so I'm not sure! Let me know if you have success!
These were delicious! The middle of mine fell quite a bit during the 10 minute cooling period, but I'm 99% sure that was because it's so cold in my apartment, not because of the recipe. :P They were still fantastic! Thanks for sharing the recipe.
Beth @ Bolting Butterfly
Hey Becky! I just found your site through pinterest and it's great. These lava cakes look amazing. I love the original chocolate lava cake and adding peanut butter can only make it better! Anything chocolate and peanut is my favorite type of dessert. I can't wait to give this a try.
what size ramekin? so many different sizes
    Becky Hardin
    Hey Diana- I used 3.5 ounce ramekins. Hope that helps and that you love the recipe!
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