Holiday Recipe Exchange: Rolo Stuffed Chocolate Cookies

Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate! With the holidays just around the corner, what better ingredient to bake with than Scharffen Berger Chocolate?

For this week’s My Baking Addiction and GoodLife Eats Holiday Recipe exchange, I wanted to share a delicious holiday cookie full of chocolate flavor…the molten caramel center is simply a bonus!

After making my ever so popular Rolo Stuffed Chip Cookies, I knew I wanted to rethink the use of Rolo’s. I stumbled this recipe from the 1990 Pillsbury Bake-Off and knew it would make the perfect addition to my holiday cookie list. Let me tell you, this cookies are absolutely amazing and will be a welcomed addition to any holiday cookie exchange!

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Rolo Stuffed Chocolate Cookies with vanilla fleur de sel

Yield: about 4 dozen cookies


2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened Scharffen Berger Cocoa Powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup sugar
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup butter, softened
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 eggs
48 Rolo® Chewy Caramels in Milk Chocolate; unwrapped
4 oz. vanilla-flavored candy coating, optional
vanilla fleur de sel; optional


1. In medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa and baking soda; mix well.

2. In large bowl, combine 1 cup sugar, brown sugar and margarine; beat until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and eggs; beat well. Add flour mixture; blend well. If necessary, cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate 30 minutes for easier handling.

3. Preheat oven to 375°F. For each cookie, with lightly floured hands, shape about 1 tablespoon dough around 1 caramel candy, covering completely. Place dough balls 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

4. Bake at 375°F. for 7 to 10 minutes or until set and slightly cracked. Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheets. Cool on wire rack for 15 minutes or until completely cooled.

5. Melt candy coating in the microwave according to package directions. Drizzle over cookies and sprinkle with vanilla fleur de sel .


- If you do not have vanilla fleur de sel, you can simply substitute regular sea salt.
- If you are not fond of the sweet and salty combination, omit the salt completely.

Adapted from Pillsbury

38 Responses to “Holiday Recipe Exchange: Rolo Stuffed Chocolate Cookies”

  1. Liz @ Blog is the New Black — December 8, 2010 at 7:47 am

    Rollo-stuffed?! OMG!


  2. CaSaundra — December 8, 2010 at 8:01 am

    I’ve heard these cookies are amazing! Hopefully I can squeeze them into my holiday baking schedule this year! :-)


  3. Cookbook Queen — December 8, 2010 at 8:26 am

    These look so, SO good. I have meant to bake this recipe for years….and never have!! I really don’t know why. I have a peanut butter cookie recipe that has a Milk Dud in the center….cookies with a surprise inside are the best!!! :)


  4. The Blue-Eyed Bakers — December 8, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Whoa. Amazing! Rolos, chocolate and vanilla fleur de sel!? All of the best flavors in there…these are definitely going on our to make for Christmas list!


  5. the blissful baker — December 8, 2010 at 9:10 am

    wow, those look incredible. the melting rolo inside each cookie sounds heavenly!


  6. Katrina — December 8, 2010 at 9:36 am

    These look amazing. I love rolos!!


  7. Heather (Heather's Dish) — December 8, 2010 at 10:20 am

    don’t kill me, but i’ve never loved rolos. i think that’s all about to change :)


  8. Chelle — December 8, 2010 at 10:51 am

    I make a similar version… but use a cake mix to make the chocolate cookie. I have been looking for an actual cookie recipe to use, so thank you for this! And, the Rolo surprise in the middle is TO DIE FOR!! (A Reese’s Pwanut Butter Cup is also a nice surprise in the middle…just sayin’!)


  9. Christi B — December 8, 2010 at 10:54 am

    I love Rolos so will definitely have to give these a try. My current favorite way to use Rolos is for quick Pretzel Pecan Turtles…


  10. Becky Bakes — December 8, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Love these cookies! I make them every Christmas.


  11. Jennifer — December 8, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    I’ve made these with chocolate chip cookies surrounding the Rolo, but it never seems to come out just right. I’ve been meaning to try them again with a chocolate cookie outside and I may just have to try this recipe out. Looks great!


  12. Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) — December 8, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Oh yumm those look awesome! I wish we had Rolo’s here :(


  13. Kelley {mountain mama cooks} — December 8, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    I love the salty sweet combination! These look delicious!


  14. naomi — December 8, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    YOu know I love stuff cookies! These look freak’n a-w-s-o-m-e! I want to neighbor so I can stalk you as your baked goods come out of the oven. :)


  15. Robyn | Add a Pinch — December 8, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Adding Rolos to my shopping list right now! Love these!


  16. Courtney — December 8, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Oh my goodness, I love Rolos! I’m sure these are amazing :)


  17. Maria — December 8, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    I love making Rolo cookies. So fun and tasty! Yours look great!


  18. Jennifer @ Jane Deere — December 8, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    OH MY! I love rolos! Your photo is beautiful…I can’t wait to try these cookies.


  19. Tessa — December 8, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    My mom started making these when we were kids for Christmas. They have to be one of my favorite Christmas cookies! Yum!


  20. Shaina — December 8, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Love how gooey these look. Absolutely perfect. Can’t wait to try them out!


  21. How did Chocolate become such a delicious part of our Christmas traditions? I’m not 100 percent sure but I love it. *wink*


  22. Mariko — December 9, 2010 at 3:16 am

    I already ate dessert, but I’d like to say yes to these cookies.


  23. Kristen — December 9, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Rolo cookies are my absolute fave!!


  24. Kimmi — December 9, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    I’m confused? Where is the recipe? I want to make this chocolate version.


    • Jamie — December 9, 2010 at 10:57 pm

      If you scroll down the page you will find the printable recipe in a large gray box.

  25. Jennie @ Oh, Sweet Day! — December 9, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    YUM! I love rolos but hidden in a chocolate cookie? genius!


  26. Katie | GoodLife Eats — December 9, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    Rolos are kind of a guilty pleasure of mine, so I bet I would love these cookies!


  27. momgateway — December 12, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    amazing looking cookies.,.can’t wait to try them during the winter break.


  28. Becca@Baking Monster — December 12, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    These look amazing, I have been hearing about a lot of stuffed cookies this year and I want to make them all!


  29. Ann — December 13, 2010 at 7:09 am

    OMG Rolo cookies what could be better. My family would love these!


  30. Sues — December 13, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    I love cookies with surprises in them! And Rolos totally remind me of being a kid :) What’s not to love??


  31. Lizz — April 25, 2014 at 12:03 am

    What is the extra tablespoon of sugar for?


    • Jamie Lothridge — May 5, 2014 at 6:52 pm

      Oh my, that’s a major typo. I sincerely apologize. It’s been removed from the recipe.
      – Jamie

  32. Sylvia — September 6, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    I know these are chocolate cookies. But can i leave out the cocoa? If i leave it out, should i use more flour? Do these have a strong chocolate flavour?



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