My kids love Rolos. Really. They fight over them like they do the last few marshmallows in Lucky Charms. Which leads me to a random question.
Do your kids eat all the marshmallows out of the Lucky Charms and then leave the rest of the cereal there for eternity? Yeah, mine too.
Anyway, Rolos, if you are from a galaxy far away and haven’t had them, are caramels covered in chocolate. The come in a roll like lifesavers and they are pretty good. In my cookbook I published a recipe for Rolo cookies made with chocolate dough but when I started talking about them this year Ethan demanded suggested I try to come up with a peanut butter dough.
Although these cookies are good warm or cooled off, there was some debate about the exact perfect temperature. One of my children liked them really warm (be careful, the insides are hot), another thinks they are perfect at warm but not hot, and another liked them cold. The texture and flavor changes in this cookie as it cools.
In any case it is a tender cookie with the flavors of peanut butter, chocolate, and caramel in each bite. It takes a little practice to seal the dough around the candy but be sure to cover it completely so all that melty goodness stays on the inside.
I am thinkin’ if you leave a few of these out for Santa you just might get that really big gift you have been asking for every year. You know, yeah… that one.
Peanut Butter Rolo Cookies
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 3 1/4 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 bag of Rolos, unwrapped
- Turbinado Sugar (or colored sugar, or sprinkles)
- Preheat the oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with silpat
- Cream butter, peanut butter, and sugars in the mixer until well blended
- Beat in the eggs, one at a time
- Stir in flour and baking soda
- Using a well rounded teaspoon of the dough wrap it around a Rolo candy, encasing it completely.
- Roll in Turbinado sugar. Don’t flatten! Place on baking sheets.
- Bake 8 to 9 minutes.
- Cool. Cookies will flatten out a little as they cool
Makes 4 dozen cookies
images:marye audet (c) 2010