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Best Rolo Cookies Recipe with Only Five Ingredients!

Rolo cookies are quick, easy, and delicious! Follow this simple Rolo cookie recipe (only requires five ingredients) to make this incredibly tasty, chocolatey, and gooey dessert! Great for a bake sale or Christmas cookie exchange.

Best & Easiest Five Ingredient Rolo Cookies Recipe

These Rolo cookies are some of my very favorite to make. They only require five ingredients – three of which you probably already have at your house!

This Rolo cookie recipe mixes and bakes up so quickly. But just wait until you break one of these open.

And the best part is how they taste – rich and chocolatey (almost like a brownie) with a gooey caramel center and yummy sugar crystals coating the outside. Heavenly.

They are always a huge hit whenever I make them, and I know you will agree with me when you try these cookies made with Rolos for yourself!

Rolo Cookies with Cake Mix

These soft and chewy chocolate cake mix cookies are going to be the #1 most used shortcut in your baking arsenal.

You need a sweet treat for your son or daughter’s class in the morning and they just told you and it’s 11pm? Done.

You need something tasty for the Christmas cookie exchange? Done. But also, I certainly won’t judge you if you make them just for yourself. These cookies are that good.

Tips & Tricks

It’s hard to mess up cake mix cookies, but I’ve had many a baking disaster with recipes that are supposed to be easy. Having said that, I do have a few tips for you.

Cookies with Rolos cooling on a wire baking rack

Remember that cake mix cookies are going to be less dense (more “fluffy”) than regular cookies. They’ll be soft, which is my preferred cookie consistency, with a little thickness around the edge. Cake mix cookies are also perfectly chewy.

To achieve the amazingness that is this Rolo cookie recipe, you don’t want to overbeat the dough (which is true for any cookie). Mix everything until just combined, and then leave it and don’t keep beating or mixing.

Also follow the recommended baking times closely. Check them after 9 minutes. The centers might look a little underdone but that’s okay as long as they aren’t dough-y.

You don’t want to overbake them because the edges will be crisp and hard. With a little practice you’ll learn to make the perfect cookies in your oven, I promise.

PS – I do have one tip for you, especially if your children just told you they need these for tomorrow and it’s 11pm. Make them unwrap all the Rolos! 😀

rolo cookie recipe

Potential Substitutions

The point of this Rolo cookie recipe is that they are made with a particular candy – but that doesn’t mean you can’t shove another one inside.

You can use caramel kisses, or any other Hershey’s Kisses with a filling (make sure it goes well with chocolate).

There are also plenty of mini candy bars that would qualify, though I recommend they have caramel inside as it works so well with the Devil’s Food mix.

My point is, you don’t need to be limited by Rolos if you have leftover Halloween candy or something else that’s delicious in your cabinet.

As far as cake mix, you can substitute yellow cake mix if you like. I recommend super moist mix so that your cookies don’t get dry. You can also substitute brownie mix – but then I’d do things a little differently.

I’d actually make the brownie mix in a pan as normal, and then shove the Rolos down into the brownies in a grid, so that when you cut them into bars you get one Rolo per serving.

Are you ready to make these delicious Rolo cookies? Get the recipe below!

Rolo cake mix cookies


  • 1 box Devil’s Food cake mix
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 bag of Rolo candy
  • Sugar (for rolling; optional)

Additional Notes for This Recipe:

  • Don’t skip chilling the dough. Sometimes it’s a drag to wait but it keeps the cookies from spreading and enhances the flavor.
  • Let your pan cool between batches of cookies (it helps to have two pans in rotation). This keeps the cookies from spreading a lot.
  • swear by USA Pans. Their baking sheets are my absolutely favorite and cook baked items so evenly.
  • Check the cookies regularly through the baking process and go by how they look versus the time on the recipe. Just because everyone’s ovens are different. The edges should be set.
Breaking a Rolo cookie in half

I am telling you, these Rolo cookies need to be in your baking arsenal. So delicious!

Rolo cookies made with cake mix

Get the printable recipe for these cookies made with Rolos below!

Yield: 24 cookies

Rolo Cookies

Breaking a Rolo cookie in half

Cookies with Rolos are quick, easy, and delicious! Follow this simple Rolo cookie recipe (only requires five ingredients) to make this incredibly tasty, chocolatey, and gooey dessert! Great for a bake sale or Christmas cookie exchange.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time 54 minutes


  • 16 oz Devil's Food cake mix (1 box)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 12 oz Rolos
  • 2 eggs (room temperature)
  • 1/4 cup sugar


  1. Get the ggs ready by bringing them out of the fridge and letting them come to room temperature.
  2. Mix the cake mix, eggs, and vegetable oil in a large bowl. Mix until ingredients are just combined.
  3. Take a spoonful of dough and put a Rolo in the middle (be sure to unwrap it!). Roll into a ball.
  4. Roll the dough ball in the sugar to coat completely.
  5. Chill the dough balls in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  7. Place all of the dough balls on the cookie sheet a few inches apart. Bake until for 9 minutes or until your cookies are done.
  8. Remove from the oven and leave on the sheet for a few minutes. Then place on a wire rack to cool completely.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 178Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 170mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 0gSugar: 19gProtein: 2g

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Friday 25th of November 2022

These cookies are delicious! Family & kid approved 😊


Friday 25th of November 2022

So glad you like them, thank you!

Cathy Jarolin

Sunday 24th of July 2016

This 5 ingredient Rolo cookie looks so Yummy!! I already pinned it and can't wait to bake them. I Just Love getting new cupcake and cookie recipes. I have quite a variety going now! Thank you for sharing your Yummy recipe with us! :)

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