Pot o’ Gold Cookies

I think I might need to get a life. I spent an hour today playing Cash Cow on Webkinz.

I’d like to say that it was to help my daughter beat a level or earn some KinzCash, but no… I’m just a dork.

I also managed to kill like three hours playing with coding to add a printable recipe feature. I wanted it to be all matchy-matchy because I’m anal. It probably should have taken me like a half an hour, but I’m cool like that!

So today’s post is short and sweet, on account of how much time I wasted doing so many other oh so important things…

Since it’s almost St. Patrick’s Day I thought I’d share with you my favorite kind of gold – liquid gold in the form of caramel. These chocolate cookies are soft and chewy and just bursting with an ooey gooey soft caramel center.

The secret? A Rolo.

That’s it. Not much of a secret now… You simply flatten a ball of cookie dough, put a Rolo inside it, and then roll it up around the candy.

Et voila! Pot o’ Gold Cookies.

Pot o’ Gold Cookies

Yields: Approximately 2 dozen cookies


¾ unsalted butter, softened

½ c. + 2 tbs. granulated sugar

½ c. + 2 tbs. light brown sugar, lightly packed

1 lg. egg

1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp baking soda

½ tsp. salt

¼ c. cocoa powder

2 c. all purpose-flour

24 Rolo Candies


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 3 baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper. You don’t have to do this, but it will make it much easier to clean if some of the caramel leaks through.

In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; beat well. Mix in baking soda, salt, cocoa powder and flour until well combined, but do not over mix.

Shape dough into 1” balls. Flatten slightly in the palm of your hand. Place one Rolo in the middle and roll the dough up around it so that it is completely enclosed. Place on prepared cookies sheets – 8 to a sheet, staggering them, as they will spread quite a bit when baked.

Bake 9-11 minutes until puffy and the edges are set. They will appear very fluffy but will gradually flatten out slightly as they cool.

Cool 1-2 minutes on pans and then remove to wire racks and cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

All kidding aside, I’m off to a job interview, my first in many long years. I’m kind of nervous, so keep your fingers crossed and wish me luck!

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  1. 1

    These are awesome Jen! I love Rolo candies!

  2. 2

    Those look good. They remind me of when you put the Rolos in peanut butter cookies. That was so good! Good luck on your job interview :)

  3. 4

    What a cool looking cookie…the pictures as always are FABULOUS!

    Great job Jen and I like that everything is all matchy matchy :)

  4. 6

    I have not had a rolo is over a decade (at least… crap, now you know I’m not 21! lol)… what a fun cookie! I want to make these when I visit my nephews. They would be all over them!

  5. 8

    Good luck with your interview Jen! Great looking cookies – I love the little “pot of gold” in the centre – hm, that makes me wonder actually… I don’t think I’ve ever seen rolos in France… the horror! 😀

    Hope everything is going well for you at the moment :)

  6. 9

    Oh yes, I love these cookies — great name, too! I need to make these soon!

  7. 10

    I’d say that caramel is my favorite kind of gold, too, but truthfully, I’d rather have the real stuff…lots of it. However, circumstances are such that I am much more likely to get my hands on rolos, so I will have to be satisfied. Those cookies look fantastic. I love surprise centers in cookies.

  8. 12

    I love, love, love rolos! I haven’t eaten one in years and I never thought to bake with them. This recipe is a MUST!!!

    Good luck with your job interview, eat a cookie first to give a an extra burst of super powers!!
    Let us know how it goes! 😉

  9. 13

    The other day it took me about 4 hours over a 2 day period to get the reply to comments feature on my blog. I guess as long as in the end everything works its worth it. I wold love a little caramel surprise in my cookies.

  10. 14

    When I was little, my dad would sneak me rolos as a treat since my mother wouldn’t allow us to have sweets! LOL!

    I can’t wait to try these!

  11. 15

    Who can resist Rollo’s and then to wrap them in cookie dough and bake them to oozy perfection. Delicious.

  12. 16

    Yes, please. I’ll take a dozen :) Good luck on the job interview and let us know how it goes.

  13. 17

    Good Luck with your interview. Maybe , when you eat one or ten, of these cookies, you will find the pot o’ gold, and and get the job;) Keep us posted.

    These cookies look soo good,especially with caramel center. I haven’t tried Rolos in years either.

  14. 19

    Looks great. Could you do it with other candies about that same size?

  15. 21

    Ooooh, I may declare that best post of the day. Rolos are amazing, and inside a cookie? I am defenseless!

  16. 22

    Good luck on your interview!! I love these cookies! I made them once, and they were impossible to put down!

  17. 23

    Mmmmm…..melty chocolate and caramel…what’s not to love!!

    Good luck on your interview!

  18. 24

    Rolos are awesome and I love stuffing cookie dough with candy. Yum! I hope you aced the interview :)

  19. 25

    Not going to lie. I’ve been “forced” to play some of those Webkinz games myself when my nieces come into town. Those cookies look so great! What a nice candy surprise!

  20. 26

    Oohhh I love a cookie w/ a surprise in the center!!! Rolos make an excellent stuffer and these cookies look incredible! Any chance I could get you to send some my way 😉 this way the extra rolos don’t sit there waiting for me to eat them….because I totally will! Yum!

  21. 27

    I love, love, love these! Caramel really is the best kinda gold out there. Stuffing the cookies with Rolos is so smart!

  22. 28

    Oh, rolos. How I love them! Those would be a lovely surprise in the middle of a cookie. They look awesome!

  23. 29

    Good luck on the job interview – I’ve got my fingers crossed for you! And I completely understand the need to spend hours working on a minute piece of your blog – it happens quite frequently to me 😉

  24. 30

    These cookies look crazy good, Jen! I am a total Rolo nut and I bet these wouldn’t last long in my house. Thanks for the great recipe! Mouthwatering photos, too. :)

  25. 31

    Think I’ll have to make these for St Paddy’s Day. Wish I had a few right now—having serious chocolate cravings!

  26. 32

    Isn’t it amazing how fast time flies when you’re on the computer? Only 5 minutes, I tell myself, and then an hours gone by. Love these cookies! I’m glad you took a break from webkinz to share them. :) LOL

  27. 34

    Yum! I always loved rolos as a kid and they would be delicious in a cookie, especially warm!

  28. 35

    Well that could possibly be the best cookie recipe ever. I cannot wait to make these. Come visit us. We have some wonderful things happening this week.

  29. 36

    Wow – what can I say, except YUM! Those truly are worth their weight in gold!

  30. 37

    Oh dear, you’ve just found one of my many weaknesses, Rolos. I would eat an entire batch of these in one sitting!

  31. 38

    What a fun and easy recipe. The pictures look so delish and I love Rolo’s too.

  32. 39

    How clever =)

  33. 40

    Those cookies look awesome! I hope your interview went great :-)

  34. 42

    Very cute cookies! And they look easy to make too!

  35. 43

    Rolo cookies?!?!!?? YES!!!!! These are awesome, JEn.

  36. 44

    These are my favorite cookies – my go to recipe when I’m craving chocolate and caramel… which is pretty much all the time! So good!

  37. 45

    OMG, I haven’t seen a rolo in years!! I could not go near this kind of delicious cookie Jen… there’s no way I could stop at 10 :).

  38. 46

    these look DELICIOUS! yum!!

  39. 47

    Wow! just 30 minutes ago I was watching the new episode of The Office while eating a Rolo and I thought “these would be good stuffed in a cookie. I should make these and post it.” Guess you beat me to it. LOL

  40. 49

    You and I are on the same wavelength!! I’ve been thinking about baking some Rolo Cookies lately but have gotten sidetracked with highly important things like … blogging and Pinterest. I can see how you could lose an hour playing games. They’re addicting!!

  41. 51

    what a fabulous idea, the caramel centre must have given it a lovely molten texture, YUM!

  42. 52

    Ohhh, yum. I love rolos. Like a lot!

  43. 54

    These cookies are genius! I need to make these for St. Patty’s day next week, these look amazing! Plus its an excuse to eat rolos while I bake :)

  44. 56

    Mmmmmm….this is my favorite pot of gold, too!!! Love those Rolos :)

  45. 57
    Audrey Morgan says:

    Jen…these were delicious! I made them for Trey and he loved them. I also finished the leftover Rolos in the bag:)

  46. 59

    These look awesome! Love the gooey caramel interior.

  47. 60

    I meant to post a comment on these cookies or should I say I thought I did but apparently I did not. Who knows where my brain is these days…. ok but I am posting now because these cookies look awesome and hubby and I have a serious Rolo addiction. To be fair he had never had one till he met me which seemed strange and I remedy that quickly. I will have to make these as a surprise for him I am sure he will love them. :)

  48. 61
    Genevieve Trepanier says:

    Hello, i just tried the recipe…it really didn’t work…the recipe looks really good, but the butter and sugar porportions don’t really work…I am wrong?

  49. 62

    Oh these look heavenly! Even after I just ate 6 giant cookies. Can never get enough


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