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Rolo Cookies

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My college roommate, Mandy, would make these cookies all the time!  They are so easy and sooooo good.  Plus, they only have 4 ingredients!


12 ounces Rolo’s caramels
1 box Devils Food Cake mix
2 eggs
1/3 c. oil
Mix cake mix, oil, and eggs. Take a small ball of dough and form a ball around the rolo. (Only use enough dough to cover the rolo so it can spread through the cookie.)

Place on greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 7-8 minutes. Yields about 3 dozen.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.

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  1. Anonymous says

    made these after seeing them on pintrest today.. used swiss chocolate cake.. i think they wouldve turned out amazing if i didnt make them a) so huge, and b) on a proper pan hahaha! mine never set up :( but ill probably try this again

  2. Anonymous says

    These were great! I kind of mashed mine down to make a little more cookie shaped. Also thinking about adding pecans next time!

  3. says

    found these on pinterest and made them tonight. I LOVE that they are so easy but make it look like I did mega work to make them amazing. Thanks for sharing!

  4. says

    Ok… I found these on pinterest and attempted to make them for Halloween…. the dough was so sticky and I couldn’t get it to roll into a ball or go around the rolo…. now I’m not the best in the kitchen but I can follow a recipe…. help :)

  5. says

    Hey Kimber!

    You can put the dough in the fridge and it will set up a little better, or you can spray cooking spray on your hands so the dough doesn’t stick. Hope this helps!

  6. says

    I enjoyed these last night at a family dinner party – the hostess found the recipe on pinterest. I love that these cookies are chewy on the inside (the rollo surprise is an added bonus!) and who doesn’t love a four-ingredient recipe?? Thanks for posting, these will be great (and stress-free) cookies to make for the holidays!

  7. Shanua says

    I found them on pinterest too. I used a small cookie scoop, filled with batter, pushed the rolo into it and folder the bottom edges over. Worked wonderfully and very easy. The girls at work loved them.

  8. Anonymous says

    HOLY COW!! I just made these and they are phenomenal, so easy and cheap anyone can do it. You HAVE to sprinkle powdered sugar on top because it makes a world of a difference. These will be my go to cookie recipes from now on. Thank you so much.

  9. says

    Found these on Pinterest, made them for Thanksgiving… they were a HUGE hit! :) Will be making these from now on when I need a quick easy & delicious dessert! Thanks!

  10. says

    Hi Anonymous!

    I have never tried to freeze them but I’m sure it would be fine! I’ve also eaten them a few days after making them and they are still soft and moist. Good luck!

  11. Anonymous says

    I’m not sure what I did wrong but the ‘dough’ was so thick it wouldn’t let go of my fingers AND wouldn’t stick to the Rolos. Thankfully, my really attentive and creative Dad suggested using a melon baller. I scooped a little less than a full scoop worth of dough, pressed a Rolo into the center and folded the excess dough over the bottom of the Rolo. They came out great! Thanks!

  12. Anonymous says

    I tried making these for Xmas cookies& my was like cake batter, I couldn’t even form a ball & I also left it in the refrigerate to have it harden up!! I follow the recipe! But made a double batch! Tell me what I did wrong !?? It wasn’t dough texture at all !! Help !! These look good

  13. says

    Thank you!! I tried this recipe and then another batch using Trader Joe’s Deep Dark Gingerbread Cake & Bread Mix and am in LOVE!! Spicy gingerbread, chocolate AND caramel….this was one of my TOP FIVE Pinterest finds!

  14. Anonymous says

    These were awesome. Also for the one who’s dough git stuck to fingers. Try rubbing your fingers on crisco. Think chap stick for your fingers. Or try flour. Not much of either.

  15. Anonymous says

    Love these! Just made them and they turned out so great! I followed the instructions exactly and had no problem with the sticking except at the end when the dough was getting warmer and my fingers were getting stickier with dough. Would recommend these to anyone!

  16. Anonymous says

    Hello, my little sugar plum faeries! This recipe is fantastic and versatile.

    Today I put a dab of peanut butter and marshmallow creme on each rolo, then sprinkled each cookie with a pinch of sea salt. Tres fantastique!! Much love. –Z

  17. Anonymous says

    Made these for a family Christmas get-together and they were a hit! Moist, fudgy and oh so caramel-y! LOVED IT! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Will definitely try more

  18. Anonymous says

    i’m sorry, but can someone please tell me if I make the cake mix as directed on the box then add the extra eggs and oil? I always get confused.

  19. says

    @Anonymous- no worries! Just completely IGNORE the directions on the cake mix box. Only use the eggs and oil that we call for in our recipe and they will turn out great. :)

  20. says

    I just made these tonight! Because of your warning about the Rolo wrappers, I enlisted my hubby and my brother to unwrap them while I made the COOKIE batter. I got no push back there!!! They were delicious!!! Thanks for sharing this recipe. Easy and tasty – just my kind of recipe!!!

  21. says

    Ok I made these as directed, but my batter was SOOOO sticky I couldn’t roll it for nothing. I wonder if it makes a difference what cake batter you get, I noticed I bought betty crocker devil’s food cake mix super moist think that might be why it was so sticky? And when I baked them I baked them for the full 8mins let them cool because they fell apart and after they cooled the middle literally stuck to the pan while the edges pulled off- did I not cook them long enough?

  22. says


    I’ve never had that problem. I would try letting the dough set up more in the fridge before cooking them. That might help the dough be less sticky. You can also spray your hands with cooking spray to making them easier to roll. Hope that helps!

  23. says

    These are the best cookies I make them pretty much every week for my husbands Marines and they eat them in about 5 minutes no joke. Also my son’s teacher’s got them for Valentines day added a peanut butter m&m on the top after I baked them and my husband liked them even more with the peanut butter chocolate M&M on top. Super easy and cheap to make since I bake something for his Marines every week. And I put mine in a plastic covered tupperware to keep from drying out even though they last maybe a day anyway they are too good to keep for longer! And reheat them if we have any left over before I eat them so I get warm caramel again!

  24. says

    How fun to be blog stocking and realize you have a “connection” to someone… the Mandy you were roommates with is my Sister-in-law. Miss her!

    • says


      It is so good to hear from you! I totally knew who you were and that you were married to Golden when I saw you! I was just looking at your blog and can’t believe how big your kids are now. I definitely miss Mandy, too. She was the best girlfriend I’ve ever had. Hope you are all doing well!


  25. says

    Wow, these cookies are A-MA-ZING!!!! Just made them for a friend and I had to try one to be sure they were cooked well enough. :o) I am 32 weeks pregnant, so it’s all I can do from eating them all!! However, I should have read the comments about the Crisco first. I did that for the 2nd batch and it took me about 3 minutes to make 13 of them! Thanks for the recipe, I will definitely be making these again!!!

  26. says

    While I was looking in the candy aisle for the bag of rolos I found a variety bag of rolos, miniature reese’s peanut butter cups and hershey kisses so I decided I would try that and get a variety of cookies because I personally think the only thing better than chocolate and caramel is chocolate and peanut butter :) The pb cups and rolos turned out FANTASTIC and are dangerously delicious, and I’m sure the hershey kisses will be as well (I’m hoping it will be like a lava cookie type of thing) but those are just finishing in the oven, I just couldn’t wait any longer to write a review about these :)

  27. says

    I made these with carmel creams last week because rollos were outrageously expensive. They turned out awesome! Today I am going to try with rollos and check out the difference.

  28. says

    made these and they tasted good, looked good at first but then seemed a little oily…also put cookies in a tin and they all clumped together…maybe it was the oil I used?? store brand vegetable oil??

  29. says

    I made these tonight. I just sprayed a little cooking spray on my fingers and had do trouble with the dough sticking. I did have one little issue though…Once the cookies baked for about 6 minuets we took them out of the oven and let them cool on the pan for a minute or two. When we transferred them to a cooling rack, the caramel oozed out of the bottom of the cookie. We had to throw some away it was so bad. We were able to make exactly 3 dozen, so I know the size of hte cookies wasn’t the problem.Did anyone else have this issue? Does anyone have a possible solution?

  30. says

    I made these today and had some difficulty. Sticking to the fingers, caramel oozing out of the bottom, sticking to the cookie sheet some even left the Rolo bbehind! went through three boxes of cake mix just to get 54 cookies that were decent enough for a cookie exchange. UGH! Tried spraying Pam on my fingers but that only worked for the next two I made then I had to spray again. Toward the end I took them off the cookie sheet very soon after removing from the oven and put them on wax paper — that was already sprinkled with powdered sugar — upside down so the caramel wouldn’t stick to the wax paper. then sprinkled with powdered sugar on the bottom the was face up. The flavor was great, though. Really don’t know if I’d try it again. Wonderful concept — just not my lucky recipe!

  31. says

    I made these over the weekend. With the first sheet, I also had issues with caramel oozing out of the bottom. After that I put a sheet of wax paper on the cookie sheet and baked them directly on that. Then a few minutes after taking the cookie sheet out of the oven, I pulled the entire piece of wax paper with the cookies onto another tray (whatever you have that will fit, I used a flat plastic tray), and put it in the fridge. After about 15-20 minutes I took the sheet out and carefully took the cookies off. They stayed intact and looked perfect!! The trick to these cookies is simply not trying to move them when they are even remotely warm.

    Oh, also refrigerate the dough before baking and in between batches, and spray pam on your hands while forming the cookies. (Those tips I got from other responses here, thanks!!)

    • says

      Hopefully you didn’t make the box cake mix according to the package directions. It just calls for the mix in the recipe. There is a comment just a few above yours from Teresa that is helpful. Maybe refrigerating the dough. Some had better luck with some cake mix brands over others. Sorry this didn’t turn out for you. -The Six Sisters

  32. says

    Love this recipe! I actually changed it up a bit and subbed unsweetened applesauce for oil, used 1 egg and mixed in mini rolos instead of the big ones because I kept losing the caramel too. This is such a great and simple recipe, thank you for sharing! Can’t wait to make it again and mix in some pecans :)

  33. Judy Boggess says

    I made these last night, and they were awesome! So I tried to make them again today, and they turned out horrible! The dough was so sticky that I couldn’t even roll them into balls. I kept having to spray Pam on my hands just to get the dough in ball form. So I went through my trash and pulled out the cake mix I had used last night, It was a Duncan Hines, but I had bought another brand today. From now on, this lady will be making these amazing cookies only with the Duncan Hines brand cake mix!

  34. Donna B says

    I have made these for several years and I have substituted milk duds for the rolos as they are easier to form the dough around but taste basically the same. I also dip the top of the ball of dough into finely chopped pecans before baking. Using the cooking spray on your hands is a great help when shaping the dough into balls.

  35. Whit and Tiffany Johnson says

    Elise, It made us smile to think of Mandy today while reading this recipe:) Thank you for keeping her in your heart. Hope you have a Merry Christmas.

  36. says

    Well I made these the other night & they turned out fine, but they taste too sweet for me & I get sugar cravings every now & then especially for chocolate, but these were way too sweet for me. They taste more like a brownie instead of a cookie. I suppose you could put them in a 9×12 inch pan & put the rollos on top of that & bake it & then they would be chocolate caramel brownies. The only thing is with these that you can definitely taste the cake mix inside of them instead of tasting an actual cookie. Don’t think I’ll make them again though.

  37. Jennifer says

    These were yummy! I only got 30 cookies out of it though. I used the mini rolos that are sold unwrapped. The dough was really thick. Maybe I wrapped too much dough around them, but the cookies are only about 2″ across. Thanks for the recipe!

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