Rolo cookies recipe

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These Rolo cookies have a soft, gooey centre and only take 15 minutes to bake

Rolo cookies
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Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories159 Kcal8%
Sugars10.3 g11%
Saturated Fat4.5 g23%
Fat7.5 g11%
Carbohydrates20.5 g8%

Our Rolo cookies use six ingredients and take 25 minutes to make from start to finish.

This delicious twist on our easy chocolate chip cookies uses Rolos for a moorish, indulgent caramel flavour. To give them a sophisticated finish you could scatter with a pinch of sea salt flakes but they are equally delicious as they are. 

Please note the nutrition for this recipe is based on 16 small cookies. 


  • 115g unsalted butter, softened
  • 115g light soft brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 225g plain flour
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 12-16 Rolos




  1. First of all, lightly grease your baking tins , we like a 16-hole mini muffin tin. Heat your oven 170C (150C fan, Gas 3).
  2. Weigh the softened butter and sugar into your mixing bowl. Beat the ingredients together until light and fluffy.
  3. Mix in the egg and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy. Weigh in the flour and bicarbonate of soda. Use a wooden spoon or spatula to bring everything together.
  4. Use your hands to gather up small handfuls of dough. Roll the dough into a ball, between your hands, then place a ball into each hole in your tin.
  5. Cook for 10 minutes and just before the cookie cups come out of the oven, open up the packets of Rolos and have them laid out, ready to use. The cookie dough will start to firm up as soon as it comes out of the oven, so you will need to be prepared.
  6. Once out of the oven, push a Rolo into the middle of each one, straight away. The cookie cups will be very hot so be careful! Leave the Rolo cookie cups in the tin to cool. If you touch the Rolo centres before they are cold, they will collapse and lose their shape.
  7. When the Rolo cookie cups are cold and the centres have set, take out of the tin and enjoy!

Top tips for making Rolo cookies

You can use a 12-hole bun tin but the cookies will be a little larger and the calorie count will be higher. If your hands get sticky during the shaping of the balls, dust them with a little extra flour. 

What can I use instead of Rolos to create these cookies?

A square of Cadbury Dairy Milk Caramel would give a similar flavour combination or if you prefer Galaxy Smooth Caramel that would also be delicious.

Can you still buy Rolos in UK?

Yes many supermarkets and confectionary stores still sell Rolo chocolates. Iceland, Waitrose & Partners and Sainsbury’s all stock them online.

Are Rolos toffee or caramel?

Rolos have a smooth, soft caramel centre. It has a little chew but not as much as toffee. They were first launched in 1937 and remain very popular today.

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Jessica Ransom

“An electric whisk will get the job done in just 2-3 minutes but if your child prefers to use a wooden spoon, it will take longer, so make sure the butter is very soft. Your little one can also help crack the egg and roll the dough into small balls.” 

Whenever you’re baking it’s important to weigh your ingredients accurately. We like these digital scales as they give a clear, near-instant reading.

Heston Blumenthal Precision scales by Salter - View at Amazon

Heston Blumenthal Precision scales by Salter - View at Amazon

These scales have a 5kg capacity, making them perfect for when you’re making big batches of dough. The scales measure in 0.5g increments which gives you very precise readings and they are easy to wipe clean if you have any spillages.

You might also like this sugar cookies recipe. Our vanilla cookies are delicious decorated with icing and these Snickerdoodle cookies take just 25 minutes to make. 

Anneliese Giggins
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Author, writer and Mum of three, Anneliese Giggins has been creating recipes for for the past 9 years. She has also created food-related content for household names such as Daily Mail, Daily Express and Her most successful to date was how to feed a family of 4 on £20 a week

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