Fudge-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies


These are the great, classic chocolate chip cookies you know and love, packed with gooey goodness. The hot fudge center stays soft even after your cookies have fully cooled. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Chill Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 45 mins
18 cookies


  • ½ cup hot fudge topping

  • 1 tablespoon hot fudge topping

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar

  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 (12 ounce) package semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Line a small, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a 1/4-ounce (1/2 tablespoon) cookie scoop, portion hot fudge into 18 balls; place on prepared baking sheet. Freeze, uncovered, until firm, at least 30 minutes, up to 12 hours.

  2. Meanwhile, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl.

  3. Beat together butter, white sugar, and brown sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment on medium speed until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. With mixer on low, add eggs, one at a time, beating until just combined after each addition. Beat in vanilla until just combined. With mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture, beating until just combined. Gently fold in chocolate chips until evenly distributed.

  4. Cover cookie dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least 30 minutes or up to 12 hours.

  5. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line 3 large, rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.

  6. Using a 1-ounce (2 tablespoon) cookie scoop, portion 1 scoop of chilled cookie dough, and place in the palm of a floured hand. Using a floured thumb, gently create a cavity in the center of the cookie dough. Place 1 frozen fudge ball in center cavity; scoop an additional cookie dough portion, and place on top of fudge ball, wrapping excess dough around fudge ball and rolling in hands to seal.

  7. Place on a prepared baking sheet; repeat process with remaining dough and fudge balls, placing 4 inches apart on prepared baking sheets (6 per sheet).

  8. Refrigerate, uncovered, until firm, at least 30 minutes, up to 12 hours.

  9. Bake one baking sheet at a time in the preheated oven, until golden brown, 14 to 16 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes. Serve warm or transfer cookies to a wire rack and let cool completely, about 30 minutes more. Repeat with remaining stuffed cookie dough balls.

    a close up view looking into a stack of fudge stuffed chocolate chip cookies. The top cookie has been broken in half revealing a gooey fudge layer.
    Dotdash Meredith Food Studios

Cook's Notes:

Don't skip the chilling times! You really do need to give the cookie dough time to firm up slightly before attempting to flatten and roll.

Don't be alarmed by the fudgy bottom - some of your cookies will likely have a little bit of a sticky bottom; ensuring to fully cover the fudge ball with enough cookie dough is key!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

356 Calories
18g Fat
49g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 18
Calories 356
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 11g 53%
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Sodium 217mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 4g
Potassium 132mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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