I had some of these cookies at a Christmas party this year and had to find the recipe. They are a soft chewy chocolate cookie with a caramel center and a coating of sugar on the outside. The only thing I had to go on was a little girl saying, "My mommy made those. They have Rollos in the middle."
A short Google search revealed two basic recipes; one with peanut butter and one without. I made the plain chocolate cookie dough because my husband does not like peanut butter and my nephew is allergic. They were delicious and very easy. My kids did all of the Rollo unwrapping and cookie rolling too.
3 cups flour, enough so dough is not sticky
3/4 cup cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup margarine
2 tsp vanilla
48 rollo chewy carmels
Beat sugars and margarine until fluffy, add eggs and vanilla and beat well. Add flour, cocoa and baking soda and blend well. Cover and cool dough in fridge for about 1/2 hour.
Shape into1" ball around Rollo, covering it completely. Roll each ball in sugar. Place 2 inches apart on a cookies sheet. They will flatten and spread as they bake. Bake 8 minutes at 350*, DO NOT OVER BAKE, they will look quite soft. Cool in pan slightly then move to a piece of waxed paper. Cool completely. You can melt white chocolate and drizzle over top or eat as is.
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