Rolo Cookies (a.k.a HEAVEN)



Second cookie recipe in a week.  What can I say, I love a good cookie.  Or to be more truthful, I love a good cookie dough.  I normally don’t eat many of the baked creations, but imbibe in quite a bit of dough.  (yes, raw eggs should not be eaten, but I have been eating cookie dough since I could reach into the bowl and have never gotten sick…however if you eat too much dough washed down with Squirt, your stomach may explode!)  



So, normally I am a few cookies short when the final count is done.  Ah, well who really is counting?  For some reason, I have this idea that if the cookie isn’t baked then the calories don’t count. (this thought also encompasses brownie and cake batter) Ha!  In my dream world maybe. 

In my previous post of cookies, I listed things I loved about chocolate chip cookies ( all of which implies to most cookies).  I would like to add one more thing to that ever growing list.  I love how cookies are a tasty substitute for Thank You notes.  * if you have ever received cookies from me for no real apparent reason, assume you probably deserved a heartfelt Thank You note, but since I am not one for remembering notes, stamps, envelopes, etc… and more apt to have flour, sugar, and butter in the house …cookies it is *  So this batch is sent out to Earl and Theresa for their generous gift of Harley paraphernalia!  For the amount of awesomeness that I received, I should have made a double batch! 

This cookie is a favorite among many and came to me from a great friend.  If you Google search Rolo Cookies, a recipe similar to this one pops up a many of times, so I don’t know who to give the original credit to…ah, well – whoever it is though, I thank them!  This cookie is fudgy and rich with a nice surprise of caramel in the middle.  What more could you ask for in a cookie!?!  

Take note of directions I give when the cookies are removed from the oven.  Refrigerating them will ensure that the Rolo candy doesn’t fall out of the cookie when you try to remove them from the tray.  You want a cookie not a doughnut! 




(makes about 3 1/2 dozen or so)

  • 2 + 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup white sugar plus extra for rolling
  • 1 + 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 40-50 Rolo candies



  1. Sift together flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda in medium sized bowl and set aside.
  2. Cream together butter and sugars. 
  3. Add eggs one at a time, allow the first one to be well incorporated before adding the second one.
  4. Add vanilla and blend well.
  5. Slowly add the flour/cocoa mixture to the butter mixture and blend until well mixed.  Remember to scrape the sides and bottom of bowl to ensure a homogeneous mixture. 
  6. Place in refrigerator for at least 15-30 minutes (or overnight) so they are easier to roll. 
  7. Preheat oven to 350° and line baking sheet with parchment paper  ( if no parchment paper no sweat…an ungreased baking sheet is fine)
  8. Unwrap rolo candies
  9. Using a teaspoon or cookie scoop, scoop out a golf ball or walnut sized piece of dough and roll it into a ball.  (I am a freak and weighed the dough balls…its 1 ounce or 30 grams!)
  10. Push the rolo candy through the bottom of the dough ball,  completely enclosing it. 
  11. Roll in granulated sugar
  12. Place on baking sheet about 2 inches apart
  13. Bake for about 8 minutes.  Once removed from oven, place tray in the refrigerator for about 8-12 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack. (Use 2 baking sheets and just alternate them from fridge to oven.)  If you try to remove the cookies from the tray without quickly cooling them, the caramel has a tendency to fall out of the cookie or stick to the tray.  If you try to cool them on the tray outside of refrigerator then the cookie becomes over baked because tray remains hot and continues to bake the cookie….JUST REFRIGERATE!!!
  14. Enjoy with a big glass of milk or a nice cup of coffee. 


I have used Reese’s mini peanutbutter cups in leiu of the Rolo candies…works well, be creative!’

 These do freeze well, just thaw before enjoying or you will break your teeth…



Published by Mallory

A twenty - something (at least for a little while longer) trying to squeeze the most out of life...but mainly baking/cooking up a storm in my kitchen while watching Netflix.

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