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Peanut butter cookies with chocolate caramel candy, Rolos

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Peanut butter cookies with chocolate caramel candy, Rolos

And the recipes for Christmas cookies continue! This is my second holiday cookie recipe of the season: peanut butter cookies with chocolate caramel candy, Rolos, decorated with sprinkles for a more festive look!

Peanut butter cookies with chocolate caramel candy, Rolos

This is a more festive version of Martha Stewart’s peanut butter surprise cookies, and in my version I am using Rolos instead of peanut butter cups. It’s really been my most favorite peanut butter cookie recipe for the longest time, because these tasty cookies have such a great brownie-like texture and are very easy to make! I make them A LOT!

But, a Christmas cookie is not a Christmas cookie if it doesn’t have a lot of color to it, don’t you think? Generously sprinkling these cookies with colorful sprinkles accomplishes the purpose of making them look more festive and appropriate for the Holidays! You can add sprinkles to the Rolos only:


Peanut butter cookies with chocolate caramel candy, Rolos

Or you can generously cover the whole cookie with sprinkles:

Peanut butter cookies with chocolate caramel candy, Rolos

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 15-18 cookies

Peanut butter cookies with chocolate caramel candy, Rolos


  • 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
  • sprinkles


  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, sprinkle the melted Rolos with sprinkles, and let the cookies cool at least 10 minutes on baking sheet before transferring cookies to rack to cool completely.


Adapted from Martha Stewart

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!




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  • Anne ~ Uni Homemaker December 10, 2013, 3:42 am

    Oh my! These look amazing! PB and rolo? Where do I sign up?! And can I have a BIG glass of milk with my BIG plate of cookies? 😉 Lovely recipe, Julia. Pinned. Enjoy your week lady!

  • Krista December 10, 2013, 4:03 am

    What a splendid idea to top them with Rolos instead of Hershey Kisses. 🙂 I haven’t found Rolo’s here in Oz, but I will definitely look for something similar. 🙂

  • Julia @Vikalinka December 10, 2013, 4:20 am

    Crazy YUM is what they are! I was so thrilled when I was able to find Rolos in England now just to clear my schedule for a day of cookie making. 🙂

  • Yelena December 10, 2013, 10:12 am

    Christmas is such a special time! I am baking almost every day-)) You have wonderful ideas here for holiday cookies, they all look so yummy-) Wishing you a very happy day!

    • Julia December 18, 2013, 3:23 pm

      Thank you, Yelena! 🙂

  • Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com December 10, 2013, 10:23 am

    PB cookies are my all time favs! Throw in rolos and I see a serious addiction developing – love these Julia!

  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress) December 10, 2013, 1:55 pm

    sooooooooo pretty and I love all the delishum flavors! YAY COOKIES!

  • Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner December 10, 2013, 1:57 pm

    These are one of the pretties cookies I’ve ever seen! Love love love.
    PS, just started following you on twitter. 🙂

  • [email protected]'s Recipes December 10, 2013, 2:01 pm

    Peanut butter and chocolate…a classic combo that would never let you down. These look so inviting!

  • sarah k @ the pajama chef December 10, 2013, 3:34 pm

    oooh i love the sprinkles on these! sprinkles & chocolate, you can’t go wrong 🙂

  • Ari @ Ari's Menu December 10, 2013, 6:25 pm

    These look SO GOOD, Julia!! Those crinkly, puffy edges, and the melty rolo? Droooool.

  • Ashley December 10, 2013, 7:39 pm

    I could never turn down a peanut butter cookie! I love the sprinkles – such a festive touch. I honestly haven’t had a rolo candy in years!! Which is crazy now that I think about it : )

    • Julia December 18, 2013, 3:24 pm

      Ashley, you need to urgently buy some rolos! 🙂

  • Matt @ Runner Savvy December 10, 2013, 7:42 pm

    Yum! I <3 peanut butter cookies!

  • The Café Sucre Farine December 11, 2013, 1:36 pm

    These are just adorable Julia and so yummy looking. What a brilliant idea to use rolos, I just love it!

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen December 11, 2013, 7:05 pm

    Love this twist on your other recipe with the oozing Rolos with caramel goodness…but, this time, with festive sprinkles for the holidays! Lovely photography as always, my friend. The perfect cookie for Christmas trays for peeps who love chocolate, peanut butter and caramel. Pinning!

    • Julia December 18, 2013, 3:26 pm

      Stacy, my friend, thank you! Yes, good memory – you remember my other, less decorated cookie – it’s the same recipe, these are just more “dressed up”. 🙂 Thanks for pinning, as always! 🙂

  • [email protected] Riffs December 11, 2013, 8:21 pm

    I haven’t had rolos in ages! And combining them with peanut butter? Terrific idea! Wonderful looking cookies – thanks.

  • Natasha @ The Cake Merchant December 12, 2013, 11:17 am

    I love PB cookies, and pairing them with Rolos is genius! Wish I had one right now!

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks December 16, 2013, 4:14 pm

    My perfect cookie! PB with Rolos! (and sprinkles!) pinned. And love the smaller batch size, too!

    • Julia December 18, 2013, 3:22 pm

      Thank you, Averie! Love smaller batches too. Thanks for pinning this one too! 🙂

  • Dina December 16, 2013, 7:00 pm

    they look yummy!

  • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust December 17, 2013, 9:37 am

    I love these! And the sprinkles are totally perfect.

    • Julia December 18, 2013, 3:23 pm

      Yes, sprinkles here are totally appropriate! 🙂

  • Olga January 4, 2014, 12:35 am

    We have a lot of peanut butter lovers in my family. I will definitely have to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing:). I like that you used Rolos here too.

    • Julia January 6, 2014, 2:54 pm

      This is a wonderful recipe, Olga! Everybody I ever made it for – loved it! My favorite way to eat rolos is with these cookies! 🙂

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