Rolo Cookies

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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.

stack of Rolo Cookies on a red cake stand
Rolo Cookies

How to Make Rolo Cookies

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.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!

close up stack of Rolo cookies with pecans

These Rolo cookies are a chocolate cocoa cookie dough that you wrap around an entire piece of Rolo. Then you take the ball of cookie dough and roll it around in pecans. Place it on a cookie sheet and bake away! As with all cookies, don’t  over bake them or they will be hard as a rock inside!

stack of Rolo Cookies on a red cake stand and all over the table

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!


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Rolo Cookies

Rolo cookies, a flashback from the 1980's but still just as delicious today!
5 from 6 votes
close up stacRolo cookies with pecans
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
16 minutes
Total Time
26 minutes
Karlynn Johnston


  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cups unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 1 cup of brown sugar firmly packed
  • 1 cup of butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 24-36 Rolo candies depends on how big you make the cookies
  • 1 cup of pecans chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of white sugar


  • Preheat your oven to 375°F. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt together completely. Set aside.
  • In a large mixer bowl with your paddle attachment, beat the sugars & butter until light & fluffy.
  • Add in the eggs. Beat well, then add in the vanilla.
  • Add the flour mixture slowly and blend well.
  • Combine pecans & remaining sugar in a small bowl..
  • Wrap about 2 tablespoons of cookie dough completely around 1 Rolo candy.
  • Roll the cookie ball in the pecan mixture.
  • Place on parchment paper lined cookie sheet at least 1.5 inches apart..
  • Bake 14-16 minutes at 375 degrees F.
  • Cool on tray for at least 5 minutes so the Rolo inside the cookie sets a bit.
  • Move to cooling rack and cook completely.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 24g, Calories: 255kcal, Carbohydrates: 34g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 34mg, Sodium: 188mg, Potassium: 102mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 22g, Vitamin A: 265IU, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 29mg, Iron: 1.2mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Rachel Danger Kurz says

    I saw you make these on tv the other day! They look DELICIOUS.

    • MaryC. says

      I made these last year and I couldn’t find my recipe and lo and behold you posted this today! It was totally fortuitous so happy you did. These were awesome and one cookie that was definitely on my cookie list this year! Thank you!5 stars

  2. Pauline Jong says

    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. 🙂

  3. A Girl Needs a Name says

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

    • thekitchenmagpie says

      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.

  4. Renee says

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

  5. abbeyruby says

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

    • Judy says

      I forgot how good these were! Great recipe! The only problem I had was getting the buts to stick on top, they kept falling off.5 stars

  6. The Kitchen Magpie says

    Jacque Avant follow the link to my website above! The full recipe is on there, enjoy! They are SO good!

  7. Jacque Avant says

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

  8. Laura Scola says

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

  9. Boo_aGhost says

    I think my mom made hundreds & hundreds of these for my sister’s wedding…

  10. HipFoodieMom1 says

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

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