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Peanut butter surprise cookies with Rolos

These peanut butter cookies stuffed with Rolos and rolled in sugar belong in the hall of the best peanut butter cookies ever! I highly recommend these – they are definitely the best peanut butter cookies I have tried so far, especially considering how easy they are to make! The cookie itself (even without the rolos) is so perfect with its yummy brownie-like texture: it’s both chewy and soft at the same time. There is just the right amount of peanut butter: not too much and not too little. You can definitely taste a peanut butter in this cookie, and yet it’s not like you’re eating overly rich peanut butter cookies. Topped with utterly delicious milk chocolate caramel candy (Rolos), these cookies reach a completely new level! And when you bite into the chocolate center, and it burst with chewy caramel – it’s then that you realize that these cookies completely justify their name: peanut butter SURPRISE cookies (with rolos).

Peanut butter surprise cookies with Rolos

Peanut butter surprise cookies with Rolos

The seemingly unimportant step of rolling these cookies in granulated sugar right before putting them in the oven is the reason why these cookies look so pretty (almost like sugar cookies), why they are light in color and have beautiful cracks on top. Coating these cookies in sugar before baking serves two purposes:


1) The cookies acquire lighter, much more attractive color when sugar coated. If you don’t roll these cookies in sugar, they will come out much darker, almost looking like dark peanut butter. Rolled in sugar, they come out looking like sugar cookies!

2) Rolling cookies in sugar gives them a nice soft crunch on the outside of the cookie.

Peanut butter surprise cookies with Rolos

Peanut butter surprise cookies with Rolos

For cookies to have that nicely rounded, puffed up shape, roll them in balls between the palms of your hands and then roll each cookie ball in sugar. If the cookie dough is too soft for you to work with, let it chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before rolling.

Let the cookies bake without Rolos for about 7 minutes, just until they spread a little and puff up. At this point, remove the cookie sheet from the oven and add one Rolo candy in the middle of each cookie, by pressing it down gently. Bake for additional 5 minutes, no longer, just until cookie edges begin to brown slightly, and the chocolate covered candy starts melting on top, without disintegrating.

Peanut butter surprise cookies with Rolos

The result are amazingly yummy cookies that are popular with kids and adults alike! They have a moist, almost brownie-like texture and only get better as the days pass by. Keep them in air-tight container and they will last you for up to 2 weeks – that is,if you’re disciplined enough not to eat them all the first day!

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Peanut butter surprise cookies with Rolos

Total time: 30 minutes

Adapted from Martha Stewart.


  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature (let the butter from refrigerator sit on the counter for about an hour or so)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, sifted or aerated (see important note below!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/6 cup granulated sugar for coating
  • 18 Rolos, chewy caramels in milk chocolate, plus more – for snacking

Makes 15-18 cookies

Important note about properly measuring flour using measuring cups:

The proper way to measure flour using measuring cups is to aerate it first. This is done either by sifting flour, or aerating it by fluffing it up and whisking it well, then spooning it into the measuring cup, then carefully removing any excess flour with a knife. If you just stick that measuring cup in the bag of flour and scoop some out, you will get a lot more flour than what the recipe calls for. Do aerate the flour, or you will end up with dry dough! 🙂

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using an electric mixer, cream peanut butter and butter in a mixing bowl until smooth. Add brown sugar; beat until combined. Add eggs and vanilla, and continue beating until creamy.

2) In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add dry ingredients from step 2 to wet ingredients in step 1, beating on low speed.

3) Prepare baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper or lightly greased aluminum foil. Place granulated sugar on a plate. Roll spoonfuls of cookie dough into balls, rolling each ball between your hands. Roll balls in sugar to coat them completely.

4) Place cookie balls 2 inches apart on a prepared baking sheet. Bake until cookies begin to puff up slightly, about 7 minutes. Remove from oven. Press one Rolo candy in center of each cookie. Return to oven; continue baking for about 5 more minutes, until cookies just turn golden brown and chocolate begins to melt. Remove from oven and let the cookies cool at least 10 minutes on baking sheet before transferring cookies to rack to cool completely.

Peanut butter surprise cookies with Rolos

Peanut butter surprise cookies with Rolos



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  • Monique May 6, 2013, 8:49 am

    Very much like the Kiss cookies..but wow with the caramel ..oh lala..Have to make..

    Lovely photos Julia..

  • [email protected]'s Recipes May 6, 2013, 10:00 am

    These cookies with rolos are simply heavenly!

  • Yelena May 6, 2013, 10:15 am

    Usually I bake something on a weekend and these cookies is very good idea. They look so yummy and simple to make. Perfect!

  • I love the combination of chocolate and peanut…Mmmm! These cookies are calling my name!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ari @ Ari's Menu May 6, 2013, 10:44 am

    Best idea ever? These look out of this world, Julia!

  • Ashley May 6, 2013, 3:03 pm

    I have not had rolos in FOREVER! They remind me of high school : ) Yikes that was a long time ago. These cookies look delicious!

  • Suzanne Perazzini May 6, 2013, 5:28 pm

    Chocolate and caramel together are a winning combination. Put them both into a cookie and you have a little slice of heaven.

  • Matt @ The Athlete's Plate May 6, 2013, 7:29 pm

    Mmmm I haven’t had a peanut butter cookie in forever!

  • [email protected] May 6, 2013, 8:12 pm

    I absolutely love rolos and it has been ages since I’ve eaten a peanut butter cookie. They look heavenly!

  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress) May 6, 2013, 8:18 pm

    holy crap that mel-t caramel oozing out…..

  • Daniela May 6, 2013, 10:19 pm

    Mmh, this peanut butter cookies look so yummy!
    Love the presentation and pictures, absolutely delightful 🙂

  • Monet May 6, 2013, 10:59 pm

    This brings me back to high school. My best friend and I would split a pack of rolos most everyday. I would love to make these cookies for her and send her a care package! Thank you for sharing such a delicious treat!

  • Lisa H. May 6, 2013, 11:51 pm

    OMG…Rolos!!! haven’t had that for years (at least 20 over years)

    Wonderful bake… 🙂

  • Laura Dembowski May 7, 2013, 1:33 pm

    Pb cookies are so yummy! And the way you describe these has me craving them like crazy! Love the idea to sugar coat them.

  • Anne ~ Uni Homemaker May 7, 2013, 4:20 pm

    Oh my goodness! I love how the caramel just oozes out of the chocolate. Pinning it as a reminder to make these. YUM!

  • Monica May 8, 2013, 10:12 pm

    Oh these look so delicious! I think you make a nice point with rolling the cookies in sugar before baking. So many added benefits with just one extra step. Love it! (:

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com May 8, 2013, 11:22 pm

    Perfect little bites of deliciousness!

  • Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner May 10, 2013, 4:19 pm

    Love this idea! I love peanut butter cookies go with all sorts of goodies. 🙂

  • Tash May 11, 2013, 4:47 pm

    Oh those look just… delicious. I am deeply envious of your cookies! We’re a bit oven-challenged at the moment (long story!) and I miss being able to whip up a batch of cookies/scones/biscuits. However, the second I have an oven near me, I will definitely make a batch of these! My waistline won’t thank me, though! 😉

  • Rachel @ Bakerita January 7, 2014, 1:33 pm

    Just saw these on pinterest, and oh man, they look like HEAVEN! Pinned, and definitely must try them 🙂

    • Julia January 7, 2014, 3:17 pm

      Thanks Rachel! 🙂

  • Nancy Welch Grubich October 21, 2014, 10:01 pm

    An awesome combination… chocolate, peanut butter, & caramel… My next cookie bake~

    • Julia October 22, 2014, 2:52 pm

      Thank you – yes, it’s a wonderful combination, can’t really go wrong combing those! 🙂

  • debra April 6, 2015, 7:24 pm

    Now on your ingredients you refer to 1 egg but how to mix your refer too eggs? Is it one or two?

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