Rolo Cookies

8 Dec

If you’ve known me for a holiday season or two, chances are you have this recipe. Because this makes a delicious chocolate cookie with a chewy caramel center and is one of my very favorites.

I don’t remember where this recipe came from, but it’s not easy to find on a Google search (if it comes up, it’ll be with my name on it–I submitted it to the Washington Post once and they declared it one of their top 12 Christmas cookies that year) and you really should have it. It’s a huge crowd-pleaser and pretty easy, tho it does make a mess of the kitchen.

Be sure you don’t over-bake these. They’re still going to look very soft when you pull them out of the oven, but they’ll firm up as they cool. And do NOT eat them warm! That caramel center is like hot lava, dear readers, and you will burn your tongue right off. Let them cool. Oh, and be sure your dough is good and cold before you start rolling (I stick mine back in the fridge between batches) or you’ll end up with flat cookies with ugly lumps in the middle. Cold dough = puffy and gorgeous cookies.

Keep and serve these at room temp. Just like hot will burn you, cold caramel will break your teeth off.

All that said, try these and enjoy! You’ll need:

2 ½ – 2 ¾ cups flour — enough so dough is not sticky
¾ cup cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup unsalted butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs
48 Rolo brand chewy caramels

Beat sugars and butter until fluffy, add eggs and vanilla and beat well. Add flour mixture and blend well. Cover and cool dough in fridge for about ½ hour. Shape into1-inch ball around caramel, covering it completely. Bake 8 minutes at 350 degrees on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Do not overbake; they will look quite soft.

Cool in pan slightly then move to a piece of waxed paper. Cool completely. You can melt white chocolate and drizzle over top or eat as is.

2 Responses to “Rolo Cookies”

  1. Susan Hendrickson December 8, 2010 at 8:55 pm #

    Rolo cookies rock! I won a prize at a holiday luncheon a few years ago for those cookies. Haven’t made them in a while…hmmm might just have to after the Oreo cookie truffles.

  2. Cat December 11, 2010 at 2:32 pm #

    Hey Kim, your neighbor Arlene’s daughter checking in from California. My mom hooked me up with your blog and I enjoy it quite a bit!

    Anyhow, just wanted to say I’m making these cookies today for a cookie exchange party this afternoon. I read the recipe when you posted it and knew I had to try it out! Really looking forward to pigging out, er, I mean, sharing these with my friends, later.

    Hope it’s getting warmer there!


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