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Thursday, October 22, 2009

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
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I got the recipe from my friend Mindy Nielson, who got the recipe from someone else, who got it from someone get the drift!
Serves: 30
  • 1 box Devils' Food cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅓ cup oil
  • 20 - 30 Rolo candies, depending on how small you make the cookies (30 is a good number to target)
  1. Mix the first three ingredients together (I used my hand blender) 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.
  2. 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. 30 cookies should be your target.



  1. 1

    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!

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4
    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!

  6. 6

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

  7. 7

    One word: HEAVEN!!!!!

  8. 8

    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?

  10. 10
    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

  17. 17
    Jane Maynard

    awwww, so glad to make your day! 🙂

  18. 18

    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! 🙂

  20. 20

    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!

  24. 24

    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!

  27. 27
    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 🙂

  32. 32

    quick question… the recipe calls for 1/2 package of rolo candies and yields 30 cookies. The rolos that I buy come with I think eight or ten in them… So just to be clear, the cake mix yields around 30 cookies worth and then use one rolo each. Correct? 🙂

  33. 33

    Fast & Easy, I’m all for that!!!!!

  34. 34

    Does this recipe work with the new, smaller-sized cake mixes? Remember, they’re 16-something ounces now instead of the old 18.25 oz.

    • I didn’t even know they were smaller now! I made these two weeks ago and they came out just fine – I’m assuming my cake mix was probably smaller if that’s standard now, but I honestly don’t know for sure how many ounces it was. I know, I’m being super helpful here! my guess is it will probably still work fine with the old measurements…but again, don’t know for sure!

  35. 35

    This is a good recipe. I found that rolling these is a pain, so I used a small cookie scoop,scooped the dough and pressed the rolo into the center and then scooped the dough onto the cookie sheets….worked like a charm. Plus I got 38 cookies out of my batch.The recipe didn’t say to grease the pans so I didn’t and didn’t have a problem. 9 minutes is on the mark and I let them rest 2min before taking them off the sheets.

  36. 36

    I was wondering if you have tips for keeping cookies tasting fresh-baked for several days? I’d like to make cookies on a Thursday but not eat them until Monday, but I want them to stay soft and fresh.

    • if you are going that long, I would freeze them and take them out of the freezer the night before! I think that’s probably your best bet for having them taste fresh by monday 🙂

    • lovely

      I use my grandmother’s trick of putting a slice of bread or two in with the cookies. It always keeps them moist and soft


  37. 37

    Thank you! Going to try this recipe for Christmas. It looks and sound delicious! Now – how to keep from eating more than one – or maybe two – got directions on that?

  38. 38

    I made these the other day & I really didn’t care for them too well. They were way too sweet. I don’t think they tasted like a cookie at all, more so of a brownie then anything & you could definitely taste the cake mix in it. Sometimes simple & easy don’t always taste that great.

    • sorry you didn’t like them! it’s a pretty classic recipe that I’ve had at many parties, but I can see why they might seem a little sweet. Maybe try another chocolate cookie recipe with the candy wrapped in. Anyway, guess it’s a preference thing – thanks for your comment

  39. 39

    I just made these! Super fast & super easy which I love! My husband & I were craving something sweet & all we had was a chocolate cake box & dark chocolate chips! My husband loved them! They obviously taste best when they were fresh out the oven & still warm but either way still very tasty. Couldn’t stop eating them!!! Also I don’t know how but I had way more than 30! Haha…I guess mine were more bite size because I didn’t use Rolos, oh well! Thanks for the recipe!

  40. 40

    I don’t have Rolo…do you think this could work with Caramilk instead?

    • I think it’s definitely worth a try! I haven’t done it myself, but I know people have used other candies in the center for this recipe. caramilk sounds delish! lmk how it goes 🙂

  41. 41
    So, why can’t they just fix it so you can eat sweets without the weight gain?

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    Richard D Fischer

    What about chocolate covered cherries in this? Also has anyone tried this with a brownie batter?

    • Hi Richard!

      What kind of chocolate covered cherries? Dried or the kind with liquid? I feel like dried could work, not sure if it’s the liquid filled kind how it will do in the oven…but might be worth experimenting with just one cookie, seeing how it cooks and then going from there.

      As for using brownie batter, I have no idea if that would work and my gut tells me it might not. If you did want to try that, I would put the “cookies” in a muffin tin to bake – maybe scoop in the brownie dough, then push your rolo down into the dough, then bake. I would not use the brownie batter to try to make drop cookies on a cookie sheet, but muffin tin may work nicely!

      hope this is helpful!

  43. 43

    I love making these and after they are cooled, I use Chocolate Almond Bark Melted in a Double boiler n dip half the Cookie into it and lay on Wax Paper to air dry, and after a minute dip in Mini Chocolate Chips for a Wow effect…,.. Cant get enough Chocolate. The Girls will go bonkers…

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    I couldn’t wait to make these, but I’m very disappointed with these cookies. I can barely taste the caramel, let alone see it oozing out the center like the pictures show. It’s as if the caramel has disappeared. I baked them at 350 for 10 minutes on parchment covered cookie sheets. Anyone else have a problem?

    • Hi Nicky!

      The recipe indicates to cook for 9 minutes and sometimes an extra minute or two with cookies can make a big difference. Perhaps your oven is hotter, too, so I would try cooking for a little bit shorter time.

      I think your best bet, though, is to try using a different kind of candy. I actually don’t have any pictures here of the inside of the cookie. Rolo candies are unlikely to ooze very much, the caramel tends to be thicker. If you are looking for a more “oozey” caramel, perhaps try a different type of candy, like Dove caramel promises.

      Hope that helps!

    • From Nicky (via email):
      Thank you for your reply. I’m pretty sure I can’t get Dove caramels in my area – I’m in Canada. Can you suggest another one? Or would a Kraft caramel work?


      My response 🙂
      I was actually thinking the Kraft caramels would probably be great! hershey kisses with caramel may work, too. lmk if you try anything and how it goes! 🙂

  45. 45

    I make these cookies all the time, my coworkers rave about them, but I add to the sweetness by melting white chocolate and drizzling it over the tops of the cookies. People go crazy for them.

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