Rolo Cookies

rolo cookies

These Rolo cookies have been around since the 1980’s, minimum. In fact, they were a hot product of the 80’s because my mom has been making these since I was a kid and she tended to pick up on the food trends back then and bake up a storm. In the 80’s. Don’t bother with the math, I’ll just tell you that it means I am twenty nine. Twenty nine celebrated quite a few times now.

In all seriousness, I haven’t had them in years now, cookie trends seem to come and go and I’m a’ thinking it’s definitely time this one came back. There is so much deliciousness going on in these cookies that one can barely take it.

Rolo Cookies
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Rolo cookies, a flashback from the 1980's but still just as delicious today!
Recipe type: Christmas Cookies
Serves: 24
  • 2½ cups of flour
  • ¾ cups of unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 1 cup of brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 cup of butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 24-36 Rolo candies (depends on how big you make the cookies)
  • 1 cup of pecans, chopped
  • 2 tbsp of white sugar
  1. Whisk flour, cocoa & baking soda together completely.
  2. In a large mixer bowl with your paddle attachment, beat the sugars & butter until light & fluffy.
  3. Add vanilla & eggs. Beat well.
  4. Add the flour mixture slowly and blend well.
  5. Combine pecans & remaining sugar in a small bowl..
  6. Wrap about 2 tablespoons of cookie dough completely around 1 Rolo candy.
  7. Roll the cookie ball in the pecan mixture.
  8. Place on parchment paper lined cookie sheet at least 1.5 inches apart.
  9. Bake 14-16 minutes at 375 degrees F.
  10. Cool on tray for at least 5 minutes so the Rolo inside the cookie sets a bit.
  11. Move to cooling rack and cook completely. Or try warm if you are like me and impatient.


Now we all know how much I hate ugly stuffed cookies. Ones that have lumps and bumps and look all ugly just so you can have a “stuffed” cookie.

These made me happy.

These are not ugly stuffed cookies. They are fabulous!

rolo cookies

With the caramel chocolate interior and the toasted pecan exterior, these are some seriously decadent cookies. I can’t believe I haven’t made them before this but man, did memories of my mom making these ever come flooding back!

So trust me, go back to the 80’s on a taste trip of delight with these babies!


Now If Only I Could Have My Legwarmers Back Magpie

Pauline Jong
Pauline Jong

Karlynn, you post the BEST recipes. Just want you to know how much I appreciate all the yummy goodness you inspire us all to go into our kitchens and start whipping up. :-)

A Girl Needs a Name
A Girl Needs a Name

ooh!  My mom makes rolo cookies, but without the nuts.  I am thinking crushed pretzels would be tasty too.

thekitchenmagpie moderator

@A Girl Needs a Name They are so 80's, I love them. I think this year is going to be all about classic Christmas cookies again. I love digging up the retro cookies my mom used to bake all the time.


Just made these (without any nuts due to allergies) and while they don't look quite as fancy they are delicious! Thx


I just made these (dec. 20, 2012) oh my they are good.

Ani Malas
Ani Malas

tanx - tired of makin dem choc chip cookies!!!

Jacque Avant
Jacque Avant

I don't remember Rolo cookies.Can you possibly share the recipe?

Laura Scola
Laura Scola

made pretzel rolo"s yesterday, then put a red or green M%M on top... yummy;))


I think my mom made hundreds & hundreds of these for my sister's wedding...


YUM. .  Gawd, I LOVE rolos!! esp in cookies or baking with them!