Salted Dark Chocolate Rolo Cookies

17 Dec

The recipe I posted the other day?

I messed with it. And I think this one is better.

I melted the butter to better incorporated it through the dough–you can only do this with doughs you’re going to chill for awhile afterwards or it’ll spread too much, and this one lives in the fridge at least overnight. I also used bread flour instead of AP to make these chewier, upped the vanilla to play off the caramel a bit more, used dark process cocoa instead of regular (I found Hershey Special Dark cocoa in my Soviet supermarket so you shouldn’t have any problem), added espresso powder to give the cocoa a little pop, and salted the dough before wrapping up the cookies, echoing the hot trend in caramel candies this year.

My kids and husband loved these. The first batch was gone in a day and a half. I really liked them too.

If you try both varieties of this recipe, let me know which you liked better. 🙂

You’ll need:

2 ½ – 2 ¾ cups bread flour — enough so dough is not sticky
¾ cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 tsp instant espresso powder
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup unsalted butter
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs
48 Rolo brand chewy caramels
About a tablespoon of kosher salt
Melt the butter. Beat sugars and butter until fluffy, add eggs and vanilla and beat well. Stir together bread flour, baking soda, espresso powder, and cocoa. Add flour mixture to butter mixture and blend well. Cover and cool dough in fridge overnight.
Scoop cold dough out by heaping teaspoons. Flatten into discs. Sprinkle a pinch of salt over each disc, place a Rolo on top, and roll the dough around the candy, covering it completely. Bake 8 minutes at 350 degrees. Do not overbake; they will look quite soft. 

Cool in pan slightly then move to a piece of waxed paper. Cool completely.

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2 Responses to “Salted Dark Chocolate Rolo Cookies”

  1. mary m December 17, 2010 at 5:54 pm #

    I will be making these Sunday or Monday. Well probably the dough Sunday night, and the cookies on Monday. They sound SO good. I love caramel 🙂

    They will be going in the goodie boxes for coworkers and doctors and coaches…

  2. Ali December 20, 2010 at 4:30 pm #

    These were delicious!!!

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