Rolo-Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies

Super soft and thick peanut butter cookies stuffed with gooey caramel. These cookies are irresistible! 

Rolo Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies by sallysbakingaddiction.com

Coming as no surprise to you, I’d like to share the fact that I seriously love baking cookies. Similar to rice krispie treats, cookies are a buttery blank canvas for a variety of flavors, add-ins, and varieties. There are so many options! Chocolate chips, marshmallows, coconut, raisins, nuts, candy bars, butterscotch, you name it. Soft, chewy, thick, crispy, covered in frosting or rolled in sprinkles.

But most importantly, they can be full of peanut butter and stuffed with Rolos. Because… umm… why not?

With my love of peanut butter cookies and a bag of Rolos sitting in the pantry, I knew I only had one choice.

Today’s peanut butter cookie recipe differs from my traditional version. Today’s cookies are smaller, chewier, and stuffed with a caramel Rolo candy. Still just as thick and soft, though!

The directions to make these cookies are pretty straight forward. Scoop 1.5 tbsp of peanut butter dough. Split in half. Stick a rolo on the bottom half, kind of like a “cradle” as shown:

Top the cradled Rolo with some more peanut butter dough and you’ve got yourself one monster cookie dough ball with a sweet caramel surprise hidden inside.

You’re going to go nuts for these cookies. The first bite, warm out of the oven, with melty chocolate and gooey caramel is simply irresistible.

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Rolo-Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 9 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cookies
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Super soft and thick peanut butter cookies stuffed with gooey caramel. These cookies are irresistible! 


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, softened to room temperature*
  • 1/2 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 24 Rolos

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl using a hand-held mixer or stand alone mixer, cream the butter and sugars together. Stir in the peanut butter, egg, and vanilla (in that order). Slowly mix in the baking soda and flour. Do not overmix. Chill the dough for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Take a 1.5 Tablespoon scoop of the chilled dough and split in half. Stick a Rolo on the bottom half, kind of like a “cradle” as shown above. Top the Rolo with the other half of the scooped dough and seal down the sides so that the Rolo is securely stuffed inside. Repeat with the rest of the dough and all 24 Rolos. Bake for 9 minutes. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack. Store at room temperature for up to 7 days.

Notes

  1. Butter: You may use unsalted butter in this recipe. If so, add 1/4 tsp salt with the flour.
  2. Be sure to check out my top 5 cookie baking tips AND these are my 10 must-have cookie baking tools.

Keywords: peanut butter rolo cookies

95 Comments

  1. I don’t really reply to posts…until now. My kids and I made the Peanut Butter Rolo cookies yesterday. Ooooohhh eeemmm ggeeeee! They were licking the crumbs out of my hands. My hubs is a peanut butter cookie connoisseur and he said (quoting here) “these are pretty much the best cookies I have ever had. Please do not take any of these to work.” He also sends me a text at 9:00 this morning asking if it was “appropriate to eat the cookies yet?”. ABSOLUTE WINNER!!!! Thank you for sharing!!! I cannot wait to try some of your other recipes!

    1. Andrea, comments from my readers like you is why I love blogging about my recipes SO much. This made my day, you have no idea. It makes the baking and the work SO worth it all! I am so happy to hear your family loved these cookies as much as I do! Let me know what else you try out and THANK YOU again! So much.

  2. OMG, Love this! My brother’s favorite candy growing up was Rolos. I’ll have to make these for him the next time we get together!

  3. These look A-MAZ-ING! I’m telling you it’s a very bad thing that I’ve started following your blog – like I’m making a new treat daily bad! :/ I use parchment when I bake cookies, it looks like you use Silpat. I’ve been wanting to get a Silpat or two for myself but I read that Silpat bakes flatter cookies. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

    1. Hey Shannon! I’m so glad you found my blog. Silpat’s are known to do the exact opposite in fact. They prevent cookeis from spreading as the silicone “grips” onto the cookie bottom and holds on tight. My cookies spread significantly less on a silpat. They also make mcuh more evenly. I highly recommend them to ANYONE.

  4. These look A-MAZ-ING! I’m telling you it’s a very bad thing that I’ve started following your blog – like I’m making a new treat daily bad! :/ I use parchment when I bake cookies, it looks like you use Silpat. I’ve been wanting to get a Silpat or two for myself but I read that Silpat bakes flatter cookies. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

  5. These cookies are INCREDIBLE!!! They’re also the only cookies I’ve ever had that stay moist and delicious days after eating them!!! I can’t wait to try your other cookie recipes!!

    1. Wow, what a compliment! Thank you so much for saying hi and sharing how much you love them. and yes, I love how moist and soft they remain after a few days too!

  6. Sally, I LOVE your site! I just discovered it a couple of weeks ago and I’ve already made three of your recipes. And this is the first time I’ve ever posted a comment anywhere! Your pb cookie base is the best, and today I did a few variations on this recipe by replacing the Rolo with jam, sweetened cream cheese, white choc, caramel, and marshmallow. Not all together! 🙂 Each separately. Haven’t tried them all, but jam is a winner and marshmallow is so-so so far. Thanks for your fun and informative blogs, they’re a pleasure to read and I love the “nerdy” parts, too.

    1. Hey Markie! I am so glad you took the time to comment and say hi! That means a lot to me. I’m SO excited that you love these peanut butter rolo cookies. They are definitely one of my favorite cookie recipes ever, I need to try stuffing them with jam next time! And marshmallow to. I’m glad you like the nerdy cookie science posts too. 🙂 Thanks again Markie!

  7. So I LOVED the last set of cookies I made from your blog so much that I couldn’t wait to try another and I tried these out this week and they were SO GOOD! I don’t even like peanut butter all that much, but I’m obsessed with these! They did come out a little thin and flat, though…any suggestions?

    http://libertyonless.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/peanut-butter-rolo-cookies/

    1. Did you chill the dough? Perhaps you overmixed the dough as well? If you baking soda up to date? I always forget it expires after 6 months!

  8. these look amazing…I made some similar cookies with Rolos and once they cooled the caramel went really solid. Did yours do the same? These pictures have my heart racing….I have to tell you, I don’t know weather I prefer the recipes or the fabulous pictures you take.

    1. Hi Barbie – left at room temperature, I didn’t find that the caramel solidified. The cookies didn’t last more than 2 days here, so I’m not sure after that but I imagine it staying soft. Let me know if you make them! Thank you for the sweet comment on my photography, too!

  9. how is it you do NOT have a show on the Food Channel????? you make the most incredible sweets!!! i have the urge to make ALL your recipes….the ladies on the Food channels have recipes for things i have never heard of lol!! i vote YOU the next Food Network Host ! 🙂

  10. These look beyond amazing! I mean, peanut butter cookies are delicious as is, but when you stuff them with a Rolo… That’s a whole other kind of awesome.

  11. I just LOVE to bake and I would love to try these cookies out. It seems so simple! I just wanted to see if instead of peanut butter I could use another kind of nut butter or even chocolate ? And how much would I have to add? Thanks for the great looking cookies. They look so appetizing! 🙂

    1. Hey Elizabeth! You can replace the peanut butter with any other sort of nut butter, just use the same 3/4 cup amount. You could use chocolate peanut butter, but not Nutella or solid chocolate.

  12. Hey Sally, I finally made these for a bake sale at work yesterday. Mine were a little more dome shaped than yours, but I left the dough in the frig longer. I pushed a chocolate chip down on the top and then flattened it a little with the palm of my hand. I didn’t try them after they were baked because, ok I confess, maybe I tried a little too much dough. So far today three people have asked for the recipe. I guess I should have tried less dough and more baked cookie!!! And yes as you said, they stayed gooey but didn’t last long. Merci beaucoup!!

    1. I’m glad you loved these so much! Do you mean the Rolo when you typed chocolate chip? Regardless, I’m happy you loved them!

    1. No – try these cookies instead (you may leave out the chocolate chips if you prefer): https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2013/06/09/salted-caramel-chocolate-chip-cookies/

  13. Wow. Wow wow wow. I am a 29 yo woman married to a totally awesome 30 year old man who loves cookies. When we got married four years ago, I vowed to make him cookies whenever he wanted them. Since then, I have been on a quest to find a really really good peanut butter cookie recipe (he particularly loves a good peanut butter cookie). I have failed UNTIL TONIGHT! I just finished making this recipe (with and without rolos) and they are literally the most amazing cookies I have ever made or tasted. My husband pretty much fell on the floor in delight.

    Wow. You are the best. I am in cookie love.

    Thanks!!!

  14. Stumbled across your site whikst searching for a pb cookie recipie (I had a bag of reeces peanut butter chips in my cupboard from a visit to the us) can i just say a massive thank you cos your cookies are amazing! I made the rolo stuffed ones and added the pb chips to the dough sooooooooooo good! I immediately bought your fab book from amazon and have been sharing your recipes with my friends. I thank you but my waistline doesn’t!

  15. Someone told me about a similar type cookie; basically topping the peanut butter/rolo cookies with some salt for a salted-caramel cookie. Sounds good; I’m definitely going to attempt your recipe above adding the sprinkle of salt. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Okay so now I’ve tried you’re blueberry lemon sweet rolls and these! You’re amazing, the only thing(s) I changed was putting Reese’s pieces throughout the dough and a Reese’s pb cup in the middle of every cookie. My first batch came out so incredibly puffy and delicious, I DON’T like peanut butter cookies at all, but now that I’ve tried these I do! Keep up your amazing work!

  17. hi Sally, I was so excited to make these cookies but after making them I’m really disappointed as they haven’t really flattened out, they’ve stayed very thick and cakes! Any ideas where I went wrong? Thanks 🙂

    1. I wonder if you overmeasured the flour Amy? Try reducing the flour by a Tablespoon or two. You can also try gently pressing the cookie dough balls down a little before going into the oven.

  18. Hi Sally,

    Im new to the baking world and your recipes lool amazing! Just wondering, after you stuff the rolo into the bottom half and then cover it with the remaining dough, do you have to flatten it down in order for it to bake properly?

  19. Hi Sally! So excited I found this recipy! Trying it here in South Africa for the 1st time! Did you mean 350 degrees Fahrenheit? We use Celsius here.

    Thank you so much! 

  20. hi! So I made these for Christmas, but I feel like I didn’t do it right. When in for 9 minutes are they supposed to feel so squishy and undercooked? they also didn’t flatten out very well and taste a bit off, would that be too much peanut butter?

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