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Peanut Butter Lava Cookies

These peanut butter lava cookies are a fun dessert that kids and adults alike will go crazy for. When these are served fresh from the oven, the melted peanut butter will burst out of the center of your cookies, just like the lava from a volcano!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 27 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16
Calories 209 kcal


  • 14 ounce package premade pie crust 2 crusts
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter Skippy worked best compared to JIF and Adam's all natural peanut butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Set out pie crusts until they are at room temperature. Refer to package instructions for time requirements.
  • On a piece of parchment paper, unroll/unfold one pie crust layer. Roll slightly with a rolling pin to achieve a crust just a bit thinner than it comes in the package, it should be 1/16th to 1/8th of an inch.
  • Use a 3-inch round cookie cutter or a glass/jar to cut as many circles as you can fit from the crust.
  • Spoon 1 tablespoon of creamy peanut butter onto the center of the round pie piece. Sprinkle with a ⅛ teaspoon of granulated sugar, making sure the sugar stays right on the peanut butter and does not spread to the edges of the pie crust. This will prevent the top from sealing to the bottom piece when we sandwich them together.
  • Place a second pie piece over the first to form a sandwich. Use your fingers to pinch the edges together firmly all the way around the cookie.
  • Gently toss the formed cookie in granulated sugar and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Repeat for the remaining pie crust pieces. Collect excess pie crust, press into a ball, and re-roll to form additional rounds.
  • Bake cookies for 12 minutes until pie crust is flaky and just beginning to brown. Do not over bake.
  • While the cookies are baking, repeat the above steps with the other roll of pie crust.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool for just a few minutes before serving. Peanut butter in the center remains in lava state while the cookies are warm and firms up as they cool.


TIP: The best way to get the lava effect is with a big dollop of peanut butter in the center and to be sure to smush the edges of the pie crust together really well.
TIP: You can also use the tips of a fork to crimp and seal each cookie.
TIP: The sugar on the inside and this double coating of sugar on the outside helps sweeten these cookies up. The pie crust doesn’t tend to be sweet enough for a good flavor.
TIP: No matter what kind of peanut butter you use or how much you put in there, the lava effect comes from being warm and melty, so once the cookies cool down, the peanut butter goes back to its room temperature state. 


Sodium: 139mgCalcium: 8mgSugar: 13gFiber: 1gPotassium: 76mgCalories: 209kcalSaturated Fat: 3gFat: 11gProtein: 4gCarbohydrates: 26gIron: 1mg