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Rolo Cookies

Rolo Cookies

We don’t buy candy very often, but when we do it is usually not to snack on, it is to bake with. Last week I bought Rolo candies to make Rolo Pretzels with Pretzel M&M’s. I didn’t use all of the Rolos so I used the leftover candies to make Rolo cookies. These cookies look like plain chocolate cookies, but there is a surprise inside.

The chocolate cookie dough gets wrapped around the Rolo candy. The Rolos melt in the oven and create a chocolate caramel center that is to die for. The cookies are best warm because the center is ooey, gooey, and divine. Josh wasn’t going to try a cookie because he thought they were plain chocolate cookies, but I told him to trust me and take a bite. He did and he immediately grabbed a second cookie and a glass of cold milk. He loved the chocolate caramel surprise.

If you want to create an extra sweet treat, try these chocolate cookies with a Rolo candy center. You can’t go wrong with cookies and candy!

Rolo Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Cook Time: 7-10 minutes


2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup cocoa
1 cup butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Bag of Rolo candies, unwrapped
Sugar (for rolling the cookie dough balls in)


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone mat. Set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa. Set aside.

3. With a mixer, cream butter and sugars together until smooth. Add in eggs, one at a time. Next, add in vanilla extract. Mix until blended.

4. Slowly add flour mixture to sugar mixture and blend well. Take a spoonful of chocolate cookie dough and wrap around one Rolo candy. Make sure Rolo is completely covered with cookie dough. Roll dough ball in sugar and place on prepared baking sheet. Continue until you run out of cookie dough.

5. Bake cookies for 7-10 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit on cookie sheet for 3-5 minutes. Move to a cooling rack and cool completely.

If you like these Rolo cookies, you might also like:

Rolo Pretzels with Pretzel M&M’s from Two Peas and Their Pod
Caramel Chocolate Blondies from Two Peas and Their Pod
Salted Caramel Brownie from the Pioneer Woman
Snickery Squares from Brown Eyed Baker

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90 Responses to “Rolo Cookies”

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  1. Erica — August 2, 2010 @ 4:24 am

    I totally want to make these for my Christmas cookie exchanges- fabulous idea!!

  2. Barbara Bakes — August 2, 2010 @ 4:59 am

    This is a family favorite we’ve been making for years. It was a $2,000 winner in the 1990 Bake-off. Yours look perfect!

  3. Heather (heather's dish) — August 2, 2010 @ 5:57 am

    WOW these are gorgeous! the pictures are beautiful, and I LOVE the idea of the caramel flowing forth…YUM!

  4. Chris — August 2, 2010 @ 6:07 am

    Yum….I am such a candi-a-holic. A friend of mine, for a fun lunch snack for her daughter, would name rolo bites. She would sandwich a rolo with 2 square butter pretzels and microwave for 10 secs, and smoosh to seal. Ridiculously simple, fun, and oh so good! 😉

  5. Marisa — August 2, 2010 @ 6:38 am


  6. BeckyRos — August 2, 2010 @ 6:50 am

    I made this for my office once and the guys LOVED them!!!

  7. Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker — August 2, 2010 @ 7:02 am

    Oooh I love these cookies! I adore chocolate cookies, and that caramel center looks delicious! Thank you for including a link to my snickery squares, and thanks also for including Ree’s salted caramel brownies. I had somehow missed those, and am in total love with salted caramel right now, so I can’t wait to try them!

  8. Fran — August 2, 2010 @ 7:06 am

    Oh wow!! I make a similar surprise cookie but it’s a peanut butter dough. These look AMAZING!!!!!!

  9. Maria, you are right it is essential that these are eaten straight out of the oven. Those gooey chocolate centers look amazing! xo

  10. Alison — August 2, 2010 @ 7:13 am

    I love your cookie ideas and recipes, and these look like true comfort food!

  11. Jenny Flake — August 2, 2010 @ 7:14 am

    I am a sucker for Rolo cookies! These look to die for girl!!

  12. DessertForTwo — August 2, 2010 @ 7:25 am

    Beautiful! :)

  13. kat — August 2, 2010 @ 7:25 am

    I bet those are fantastic

  14. Kara — August 2, 2010 @ 7:27 am

    These are a favorite at our house too. I love taking them to potlucks and watching people bite into them for the first time and get that gooey caramel surprise. They really are yummy!

  15. Patty — August 2, 2010 @ 7:34 am

    These look delicious! I need to try them.

  16. Gaby @ What's Gaby Cooking — August 2, 2010 @ 7:45 am

    anything stuffed with caramel goes right to the top of my list :)

  17. HoneyB — August 2, 2010 @ 8:41 am

    I have never had one like this but I can imagine how good they must be!

  18. Rosa — August 2, 2010 @ 8:45 am

    OMG, those cookies are irresistible!



  19. Amanda — August 2, 2010 @ 8:48 am

    We make these too, but we roll the tops in a crushed pecan and sugar mixture before baking and then after they cool we drizzle melted almond bark and sprinkle more pecans and sugar. YUMMY!

  20. Becky — August 2, 2010 @ 10:03 am

    Nice! The best thing to do with leftover chocolate candy is bake it into a cookie! : )

  21. Joanne — August 2, 2010 @ 10:17 am

    I would love to bite into the caramel surprise in the center of this!

  22. Tracy — August 2, 2010 @ 11:39 am

    Another great cookie idea!

  23. Kristina — August 2, 2010 @ 11:42 am

    Maria – these look so good. Rolos always remind me of going to the movies when I was a kid. My dad would always buy a pack and I’d always mooch some off of him. I’ll have to make these for him. :)

  24. Camille — August 2, 2010 @ 11:45 am

    Must make asap! :) Anything with caramel( in my book) is to die for!

  25. zerrin — August 2, 2010 @ 12:03 pm

    These are definitely gorgeous! I would love to have one with a glass of milk right now. Yum!

  26. laura — August 2, 2010 @ 12:04 pm

    Great idea! Caramel is always my favorite. :)

  27. Oh man…another super yummy way to use Rolos! You know this is not very helpful for trying to lose those prego lbs….I may need to try out that spinach and feta salad in between the cookies!!

  28. Kare — August 2, 2010 @ 1:38 pm

    Oooooooh. Oh my. My guy would love these. I would, too. I would have to make them right before I was leaving the house for a few days, though, as I fear I would have no control around them. 😉

  29. grace — August 2, 2010 @ 2:53 pm

    i could buy rolos with every intention to use them in baking, but they’d disappear down my gullet before i knew what was happening. :)

  30. Shelley — August 2, 2010 @ 2:55 pm

    These look amazing. Can’t wait to try out the recipe!

  31. This is such an amazing idea. They look so good. I love doughnuts that have a surprise filling so why not cookies!

  32. Tracy — August 2, 2010 @ 4:46 pm

    Wow! Yummy… will be making these very soon! Thanks so much! ~ Take Care….

  33. Jen — August 2, 2010 @ 5:29 pm

    Oh, MAN. Those look delicious! Thanks for posting. Will definitely try.

  34. the urban baker — August 2, 2010 @ 6:18 pm

    Rolos are my numero uno candy. I love ANYTHING with caramel in it. Can’t wait to make these! yummy

  35. Angela@spinachtiger — August 2, 2010 @ 6:26 pm

    Rolos are my favorite candy. So this will have to be made. Good job with left overs.

  36. Milisa — August 2, 2010 @ 8:53 pm


  37. Jackie — August 2, 2010 @ 9:01 pm

    Great idea for leftover candy, not that I ever have any left!

  38. Cookin' Canuck — August 2, 2010 @ 9:27 pm

    That bit of caramel oozing out would make me grab another cookie and a glass of milk, too. Yum!

  39. Kerstin — August 2, 2010 @ 9:29 pm

    What a perfect way to use up your extra rolos – they look completely addicting!

  40. Oh my Maria.

    Oh my…

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