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Thursday, October 22

Rolo Cookies


Remember the cookies I showed you on Sunday? I made them last night. They are unbelievably easy. And tasty. They were a huge hit at the baby shower last week, so it’s a nice easy recipe to add to your entertaining repertoire.

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Rolo Cookies
From Mindy Nielson (who got the recipe from someone else…)
– 1 box Devils’ Food cake mix
– 2 eggs
– 1/3 cup oil
– 1/2 package Rolo candies

Mix the first three ingredients together (I used my hand mixer) and then roll into little balls with 1 Rolo inside each ball (Mindy tries to make them as small as possible to maximize the Rolo to dough ratio, which is smart). Bake at 350 for 9 minutes. Makes about 30.

Jane sidenote: when I made them, I ended up with 22 cookies…and Mindy is right about the ratio thing, next time I’ll try to make them a little smaller.



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    On my blog I have a similar recipe with just a FEW more steps not using a cake mix. It’s oh SO good and one of my favorites. Thanks for this shorter version to experiment with as well!

  2. I make a similar cookie in a mini muffin tin. Make the same cake base, fill each wrapper about halfway and place a rolo in the middle. Also works great with a peanut butter cookie base. YUM!

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    Those sound so yummy!

    Have you ever tried putting a Rolo on top of a bite size pretzel and baking at 350 for just a few minutes until the Rolos melt a little? Also very tasty! Could also do it with mini Reeses.

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    Jane Maynard

    dianna – thanks for sharing that recipe!

    hillary – love the mini muffin tin idea!

    rachel…be still my beating heart. seriously, that sounds awesome.

  5. 5

    Those are easy! Yum!

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    OMG these are great! I bet you could make them with other candies inside. I’d totally try them with Snickers!

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    One word: HEAVEN!!!!!

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    we don’t have devil’s food cake mix:(

  9. Oh stop it, you’re just aiding and abetting my addiction to sweets. Now for a shot of the gooey middles?

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    Jessica Hansen

    Saw this recipe and the next day went out and bought the rolos and cake mix. Made them the day after that. So good!

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    Do the rolos melt inside the cookie, or do they remain pretty much whole?

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    Jane Maynard

    they melt some…when my friend mindy made them, her’s were flatter and more melted than mine, so I’ll do some digging to see if she didn’t something different than I did. either way, they were good!

  13. I love rolos…it might be dangerous for me to make these cookie because I’d probably keep eating the rolos as I went. YUM!

  14. These sound awesome!! Thank you so much for sharing.

  15. Delicious and super easy!!

  16. I won’t even tell you what this means to me. =P

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    Jane Maynard

    awwww, so glad to make your day! :)

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    o…m…..g just tasted one from the oven – I have had to leave the room so i won’t inhale them all!
    THanks for posting.

  19. love to hear that kind of feedback! :)

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    totally making these THIS weekend- they sound delicious!!

  21. Haha, ok thats too funny. I was just about to make these and forgot how much oil I put in so I decided to google it and of course this recipe comes up. The very recipe I gave Mindy at Karissa’s shower. Good to know I found the exact one I was looking for :). THANKS!

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    I have searched for a rolo cookie recipe since my daughter brought them home from school! I am wondering, though, if these particular ones are like COOKIES or cupcakes with a Caramel middle??

    • Jane Maynard

      they seriously for REAL taste like cookies. when I had them the first time, LOVED them…and when I asked mindy for the recipe, I couldn’t believe it when she told me how they are made. I would definitely give them a try! :)

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    Before I put these in the oven I dip the top of the cookie in heath toffee bits. They are soooo good!

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    LOVE this recipe… was introduced to it by an ex-boyfriend’s mother. Ha. The only good thing that came out of that relationship ;). I have found that if I take the bottom of my spatula or a fork and squish them down flat right when they come out of the oven, that it helps to disperse the carmely goodness, and gives the cookie a really awesome looking marbled appearance where the lighter top cracks and the gooey darker inside shines through. :) Thanks for sharing this recipe though! I was super excited to find it again!

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    Can I use something else beside Rolos? I do Not Like Caramel.

    • hi karla! I personally have not tried anything but rolos, however I think you could totally experiment with the candy inside! maybe junior mints? little peanut butter cups? if you try something, let me know how it goes!

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    I wanted to make a very quick cookie and had tons of cake mix sitting around… i even found a random bag of rolos!

    I wonder if there are other interesting mixes of candy/cake I can come up with. Recently I found a bunch of new pillsbury mixes like blue raspberry, pink lemonade and key lime..hmm…

    Great recipe!

    • your kitchen must be magical, serving up rolos when you need them! :)

      I’m sure there must be lots of fun flavor combos and possibilities!

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    Tina Sheppard

    Are the rolos regular sized or the minis? Can’t wait to try!

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    Judy Saucier

    Been looking for this recipe since I received a batch as a Christmas gift. If you pop one in the microwave for 5-10 seconds you get that gooey caramel, like it just came out of the oven!

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    Oh my gosh! I made these for my dad as an early Father’s Day treat, and I even doubled the recipe… They’re all gone! He absolutely loved them!

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    Do you know if these need any adjustment for baking at high altitude?

    • hi lauren!

      I have NO idea. since it’s using a cake mix and cake mixes generally have high-altitude instructions, I would imagine an adjustment might be good…as for how much adjusting, I’m not sure. I’m not being very helpful, am I? :)

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    I make a chocolate cookie with Andes mints melted on top right after they come out of the oven…I’m sure you could use half of one mint in this recipe if you don’t like caramel! Or just if you like Andes mints :)

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